Giants Adopting a 3-4 Defense: Interest in Julius Peppers Would Hint So

Jim WoodContributor IMarch 3, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 27: Julius Peppers #90 of the Carolina Panthers against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 27, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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It has been rumored, the Giants will offer Julius Peppers a contract in excess of 100 million dollars, and with a signing bonus in excess of 30 million dollars over seven years.  By signing Julius Peppers, it would appear as if the Giants, are looking for a replacement for Osi Umenyoria, who has acted like he does not want to with the team.  However, i believe that they are not looking for a replacement for Osi Umenyoria, but an outside linebacker for a 3-4 defense that they would like to convert to.

By signing Peppers, it would allow for the Giants to convert to a 3-4 defense, the defense that Perry Fewell, the giants new defensive coordinator ran in Buffalo. Peppers, would give the Giants all of the players, that they need to run a 3-4 defense. More evidence for this is that the Giants didn't cut Rocky Bernard, a player who many expected to be cut as he has a high salary, and had low production this year, however in all reality, he can play nosetackle, and that is probably why the Giants kept him around.

If the Giants were to sign Peppers, and convert to a 3-4 defense, the front three would be Osi Umenyoria and Justin Tuck on the ends, and they could try either Rocky Bernard, Chris Canty, or Barry Cofield at nose tackle, which would make for a very good front three.  Then the back four, would be Julius Peppers and Mathias Kiwanuka, as the outside linebackers, for right now Jonothan Goff, and Chase Blackburn. However, I would expect the giant to sign Karlos Dansby also as they have been rumored be signing him since the end of the season, and he would give a much stronger set inside linebackers then they currently have. This, would create a front seven that looks like this.

                                            Tuck - Canty - Umenyoria

                                  Peppers - Dansby - Goff - Kiwanuka

By signing Peppers, and Dansby, the Giants would be creating one of the best front sevens in all of football. They would have one of the best pass rushes in Tuck, Umenyoria, Peppers, and Kiwanuka. A strong Nosetackle in Canty, Bernard, or Cofield, and good playmaking inside linebackers in Dansby, and Goff. 

This front seven, would also be around a strong cornerback that includes three starting caliber players, in Aaron Ross, Corey Webster, and Terrell Thomas. This would then leave only the safeties as a problem area for the Giants.  However, with the return of Kenny Philips, and the abundance of good safeties in the draft, and free agency I do not see this is an area that the giants cannot fix. I see the Giants drafting Eric Berry, who i believe will fall to eleven, with the giants trading up to get him giving up either a third or fourth round pick along with theirs to get him, or giving up there first and second, and getting back a first and third. I also see the Giants signing either Antrell Rolle or Darren Sharper as they do not know how Kenny Philips will return from his injury.

So about 200 million dollars, and seven draft picks later here is what i believe the Giants defense will look like.

                Webster           Tuck - Canty - Umenyoria            Ross

                                  Peppers - Dansby - Goff - Kiwanuka

                                                   Phillips - Rolle

I would also expect Terrell Thomas and Eric Berry to receive significant playing time, however not to be the starters. Also, i am not taking into affect the Giants second through seventh round picks, for which i believe will go as follows.

Second Round - Traded to allow Giants to draft Eric Berry

Third Round - Inside Linebacker

Third Round - Offensive Lineman

Fourth Round - Wide Receiver

Fifth Round - Running Back

Sixth Round - Defensive End

Seventh Round - Defensive Tackle


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