Following up on yesterday’s story here at NFL GRIDIRON GAB about the contract impasse between the New York Giants and defensive end Michael Strahan, more fuel has been added to the already blazing fire. According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, the team is prepared to move on without their star DE.
According to Giants general manager Jerry Reese, he states that, “We’re very serious (about moving on). We can’t sit on our hands waiting to see if the guy is ready to return.
Do we want him here? Sure. But if he wants to retire, we’ll wish him the best. We can win without him.” Ouch. Because of the lack of communication between Strahan and the Giants, Reese said he has no idea if Strahan is serious about his retirement. As we reported yesterday, the Giants made contigency plans in case Strahan did not decide to return.
DE Simeon Rice is due to meet with team officials and take a physical on Wednesday. Assuming everything checks out ok healthwise for Rice, the Giants are prepared to possibly offer Rice a contract. I would suspect that Rice will not come cheaply if a contract is indeed offered to him. Another option available to the giants is to peruse the teams who have surplus defensive ends. But that may be risky as they already have one available in Mathias Kiwanuka (curretnly penciled in at linebacker). Putting Kiwanuka back at his old position would seem to send a message that Strahan would not be missed.
As for Strahan, he will be fined up to $14,000 for each day of training camp that he misses. That’s a considerable amount especially for someone who is holding out for an unrealistic contract extension. Curiously, Strahan’s teammates seem to think that this situation will be resolved rather quickly. Assuming that’s the case then things could get sticky. As Reese summarized the situation to the Daily News, “We’re getting things lined up for all of our options, whether he comes back or not. We don’t have a timetable in our heads, but we could make up our mind tomorrow and say, ‘This is enough. We’re moving on.’ Who knows? Time is ticking.” Michael, the first cannon has been fired. Are you going to return fire or throw up the white flag?