In the 2009 off-season the New York Giants’ offered then Titans’ DT Albert Haynesworth $80 million dollars to be the new anchor of their defensive line. He declined their offer and took more than $20 million more to sign with the Redskins. Two years later, he has been suspended for the final four games of the regular season, and his tenure with the ‘Skins’ is seemingly over. In not singing with the Giants’ Haynesworth has paid serious dividends. The Giants’ took the $80 million dollars they ended up not spending on Haynesworth and signed DT Chris Canty, DT Rocky Bernard and LB Michael Boley. All have made significant contributions this season and figure to play a large role if the Giants’ have hopes of making a playoff run and avoiding another late-season collapse.
The Giants’ used $25 million of that money to sign LB Michael Boley to a five-year deal. Last season Boley was plagued by injuries. But when healthy, he contributed. This season Boley has been the most consistent linebacker of the bunch, racking up 67 tackles, 1 sack and 1 forced fumble. He also injured Tony Romo seemingly ended his season.
The Giants’ used $42 million over six-years to ink Canty. He was also plagued by injuries last season and had a hard time adjusting from the 3-4 defense to the 4-3 defense. Canty has stepped up this season and has lived up to his contract. Canty has been the most consistent interior linemen for the Giants’ this season also allowing DT Barry Cofield to make plays. Canty has 34 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He has been batting balls down, too, something he did all training-camp.
The Giants’ signed him a four-year, $16 million contract. He had a horrendous first season, but played the entire season injured. He was suffering from a torn laburm, something he kept quiet. Most assumed he wouldn’t be with the team this season or would be inactive most of the time, especially after drafting a DT Linval Joseph in the second round. Bernard has played in run-stopping situations, clogging up the middle He has 10 tackles this season and has been quite a pleasant surprise.
All in all, I’d say the non-Hanyesworth singing was a good one. Wouldn’t you?