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Remember how after the Giants drafted Ereck Flowers, the starting offensive line was supposed to be a finished product?
That has not been the case because of injuries such as the one to left tackle Will Beatty, previously discussed, and to right guard Geoff Schwartz, who landed on injured reserve for the second consecutive season since joining the Giants.
In two seasons with New York, Schwartz has logged just 13 games. Again, while the injuries aren’t his fault, the pattern that has emerged makes his 2016 cap figure of $4,908,333 ($3.925 million of which is his base salary) too much to carry forward.
Of note is that 2016 is the first year of Schwartz’s original four-year Giants deal in which he does not have guaranteed money. If the Giants were to terminate his contract prior to June 1, they would save just $2.991 million; if they designate him a post-June 1 move, their savings increase to $3.95 million, which should be plenty to pay the 2016 draft class.
What about the dead money? By designating Schwartz as a post-June 1 cut, the Giants would only be charged $958,334 against their 2017 salary cap; if they cut Schwartz prior to June 1, their dead-money cap hit, all of which gets dumped into the 2016 cap, is $1.916 million.
Given that Bobby Hart, the team’s seventh-round pick who showed promise as both a right guard and a right tackle, comes a lot cheaper, it would not be far-fetched if the Giants were to cut Schwartz, plug Hart in at right guard and seek a starting right tackle such as Schwartz’s brother, Mitchell, currently the right tackle for the Cleveland Browns.