The New York Giants have long had a history of locking up their talented young players early, ensuring that they remain with the team long term.
However, 2010 is a tricky year considering all the uncertainty surrounding the collective bargaining agreement, which is due to expire at the end of this season. It is entirely possible that the Giants have, as an organization, decided to not do any contract extensions with their players until a new CBA is in place.
However, this tactic, if it is what the Giants are doing, comes with inherent risks. Steve Smith, Mathias Kiwanuka, Ahmad Bradshaw, Kevin Boss and Barry Cofield are all in the last year of their contracts. And even if the franchise tag exists in some form or another after a new CBA is agreed upon the tag can only be used on one player, not five.
The list will also be limited to players who are still on their rookie contracts, so no Osi Umenyiora.
So aside from choosing which players the Giants want to extend, they have to also decide as to the timing of their offer. Do they offer contract extensions before or after a new CBA is negotiated?
Either way, here are the five players that the Giants should enter into contract negotiations with as soon as possible, as they need these players long term to remain a successful organization. However, I still believe the Giants need to set a financial limit for all these players, a dollar amount they will not cross in contract negotiations.
As such, each slide will include what I believe to be a fair contract for said player. The players are ordered in terms of their importance from least to greatest. Skip to the end for a special bonus slide.