If Giants defensive end Michael Strahan’s absence thus far (18 days as of today) and the amount of fines piling up (to date, $257,184) is any indication, you’d think that Strahan would seriously think about getting into camp, especially in light of the fact that he wants his contract re-done. But Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports and sources who have spoken with Strahan have stated that Strahan is not even close to making a decision on his future.
I would like to think that the Giants’ brass would come to a final decision fairly soon (despite the fact that one preseason game is in the books) on Strahan’s status with the team. According to Giants head coach Tom Coughlin, Strahan’s absence “didn’t cross his mind at all” during the Giants loss to Carolina. Coughlin also told the Daily News, “I think you have to get the situation corrected with the team that’s here on the field. Obviously just one guy is not going to completely answer any type of question. The group that’s here has got to address this.”
The Giants do have options at DE (Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora); the problem there is that as far as run defense is concerned, Strahan is leaps and bounds more proficient than the aforementioned players. Hence, the sense of urgency in getting Strahan into camp. Lawrence Taylor, former Giant great, mentioned over the weekend about the Strahan situation that once retirement has entered your mind that it is hard to remove that thought and that Strahan may want to consider that option. While that may be true, we obviously do not have access to Strahan’s mind and why he is holding out. But regardless of Strahan’s thought process, he needs to make a decision fairly soon or the Giants may make the decision for him.