Monday Thoughts and Musings on the Giants

Another Monday, another edition of T and M. I hope your weekend was fun. Now, let’s talk Giants.

-I think Barry Cofield is a goner. I’m not sure about Kevin Boss. I’m leaning towards saying the Giants keep Bradshaw, but haven’t fully decided. Kiwanuka, it all depends on his medicals. Which is something I’m not sure about.

-Of course, if the CBA goes crazy, then everything goes out the window. This assumes a CBA is signed before March 4th.

-If it is signed, I would love Chad Greenway, who would solve our strongisde ‘backer problems. Will they get him? Don’t know.

-Back to the lockout. I still can’t imagine a scenario where it actually happens. Where week 1 comes around and there is no football. Maybe it won’t get done by March 4th. But, I think the NFL realizes how important it is, and how much money stands to be lost if there is no deal, and it will come to its senses.

-But, that’s based on logic and reason. And logic and reason can go out the door in these situations. I have absolutely no idea what will happen. I’ve heard a lot of things from a lot of people. But no one is sure. From some of the people I’ve talked to, here’s what I’ve gathered:

  • Half the owners are on Team Jerry Jones, half are on Team Daniel Synder
  • Those positions aren’t entirely clear. No one really knows what Jones and Snyder really want
  • Revenue sharing is at the heart of this. The players want at least a 50-50 split
  • They aren’t going to get that
  • I believe it’s 75-25 now, but don’t quote me on that.
  • I’ve heard a compromise of 60-40, 65-35, but I’d be shocked if it’s anything other that 70-30
  • Owners want 18 games. And why not? More money, more revenue. I’ve heard 18 games with two preseason games
  • I’ve heard 18 games with six preseason games
  • The six preseason games would feature either two or four games featuring players that are on the bubble. That would actually make for interesting television.
  • Ticket prices may be reduced for those games
  • I’ve heard a “soft cap” being floated around. The NBA has one. It basically means that, under certain circumstances, like keeping a popular hometown player, you can exceed the cap. Good explanation of it here

-But all of that is hearsay, and I think it changes a lot daily. I’m writing this Sunday night. It could change by the time it posts Monday morning. So, it’s hard to say. I think common sense is the way the deal should be made. Increased benefits for retired players. Stay with the current revenue sharing plan (or, increase it for the players a bit). 16 game schedule.

-But, again, I just don’t know, and I don’t think anyone truly knows. People say, “Oh, it will get done”. But, I’m really not sure.

-If it’s not done by training camp, I’ll get worried. Because then the season would have to be delayed. If it gets delayed, it could easily get locked out.

-And no one wants that.

-Music interlude: I created a killer playlist on iTunes. Classic stuff. Eagles, Clapton, Skynard and more. Great guitar stuff. If I knew how to share a playlist, I would. But, alas, I do not.

-I keep thinking that the Giants will not draft a college defensive end and make him into a linebacker, but then I remember: Mathias Kiwanuka, Clint Sintim, Adrian Tracy. Some people like chocolate. The Giants like converting undersized defensive ends into strongside linebackers. Hey, whatever floats your boat.

-I wonder, though, if Kiwi comes back, healthy, will the Giants try him out at linebacker again. He wasn’t terrible. He was good actually. With JPP showing a ton of promise, you could put Kiwi there and maybe not worry about the position.

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