According to ESPN Analyst John Clayton, the new CBA will have a projected cap of $120 million. Even with a $3 million exemption, the Giants will be over the cap by $11.34 million, leaving them with a total cap of $131.34 million. The Giants have very high profile free agents, such as RB Ahmad Bradshaw, who will require a hefty contract. The Giants’ will have to make some moves to get under the cap, and sign some of there free agents to be.
Shawn Andrews Dilemma:
The Shawn Andrews dilemma goes as follows. Andrews was a tremendous signing for the Giants last season. He gave them depth and versatility when his back held up. When healthy, he can start at left tackle, or left guard. With Rich Seubert potentially not being ready for the beginning of next season, Andrews can start at LT and have David Diehl start at LG. However, the oft injured offensive linemen is due a $3.5 million roster bonus 30 days after the start of the league year.
According to Clayton, the Giants can save $7.333 million by releasing Andrews. The Giants clearly need his depth. Andrews has said in the past he would be open to renegotiating his contract, which I believe will likely end up being the case.
Brandon Jacobs Money
The Giants have told Ahmad Bradshaw that there #1 priority this off-season is to resign him. However, a key to resigning him will be his “brother” RB Brandon Jacobs, who is due $4.65 million this season. If Bradshaw signs elsewhere this is no problem, money wise for Jacobs. However, if they can resign Bradshaw, Jacobs’ large base salary will need to be addressed. Jacobs has also said he’d be willing to redo his contract as long as it fair to him. This one will be interesting.
Barry Cofield Wants to get Paid:
For those who have asked about Barry Cofield, it seems highly unlikely Barry Cofield will be back next season. With large contracts to DT Rocky Bernard, DT Chris Canty and second round picks Marvin Austin and Linval Joseph waiting in the wings, it’s highly unlikely they Giants’ will pony up the cash and take care of Cofield.
Osi Stay or Osi Go?
Osi Umenyoria wants to get paid. It’s that simple. Jon Mara has spoken to Osi in the past few days. If the Giants fail to resign Mathis Kiwanuka might they be more inclined to resign him? If they resign him, do they feel content with Kiwi, JPP and Tuck? All these questions, but no answers. He’s the most interesting case, in my opinion.
One of the least talked about New York Giants F/A is Kevin Boss. The Mr. Reliable will require a solid contract. Not to big, but he will be a guy they need to sign. Some scouts have said, if in an offense where he’d see the ball a lot, he could grab 70 balls. I don’t see that, but he should resign for a decent amount.