Giants defensive end Michael Strahan was once the most feared defensive player in the game, but clearly those days are gone, and the Giants want to reduce his pay to show that. Making $4 million this season, Strahan has been injury prone the last few years, missing 17 games over three seasons. This coming after he was a rock at defensive end, not missing a game for five straight seasons. The Giants are in a position where they want to see their former defensive stud play a full season once again and earn his high salary.
The New York Post reports Friday that Strahan has been on the field only “sparingly” during the teams mini-camp, and that once two-a-day training camp starts there will be no doubt he will only go at it once a day. The DE is coming back from a mid-foot sprain last season, while two years ago he was on the bench with a torn pec muscle. What does Strahan say? “I feel I can have my best year this year, I feel great.”
Using the injury as a motivator to come back, the brash DE still talks like he is one of the premier defensive ends in the league. “If I pop on the film, I can still show you I’m the best at what I do,” he claimed. Problem is, how old is this film? For Strahan his goals should simply be to get back on the field and try and make some plays. Long gone are the days when he was attacking the QB like no other player could. Sure he is a Hall of Famer with 132.5 sacks, but right now, he is just another player trying to show that he can prove his worth coming back from injuries.