Archive for March, 2005
In a piece mostly about Alex Smith, Ken Palmer in the NY Post mentions two things that may be of interest to Giants fans.
One is something the experts almost never get right, the draft – Adam Pac Man Jones may fall into the second round becuase he is short in stature and on technique.
Pierce was a smarter signing than Bell:
No doubt, the Chiefs were happy to land free agent linebacker Kendrell Bell. But sources within the organization stated they’re “holding their breath” regarding Bell’s injured shoulder and are fearful that it could hamper and even end his career in the near future. The former defensive rookie of the year scared some teams off with his high salary demands, others with his questionable attitude. Kansas City did sign Bell, but split his signing bonus up so it’d be covered in case his shoulder turns out to be a problem. Of his $10 million bonus, he’ll get $3.5 million if he’s still on the roster in 2006 and another $3 million if he’s around in ’07.
If Shaun Williams wants to remain a Giant, he will need to restructure before April 1. Mike garafolo points out that if he does, he may beat out Alexander for one starting safety spot (the two spots are somewhat interchangeable in Lewis’ defense).
In this article about Pierce two things strike me as important:
1. Pierce is very competitive. He wants to make every play.
2. Feagles is doing pretty well with his jersey number business:
Last year, punter Jeff Feagles gave up his No. 10 to Eli Manning for a trip to Florida. This year, Feagles is relinquishing his No. 17 to Burress. After Feagles’ negotiated with Burress’ agent Drew Rosenhaus, Burress will help pay for an outdoor kitchen at Feagles’ home in Arizona.
I maintain that the Giants took a big gamble on Burress but the chances of it paying off seem higher than I originally thought:
“Eli will love having a guy that’s as big as him because he creates a bigger area to throw the ball,” Stewart said. “You can put a high arc on your pass, going over the linebacker’s head when he’s coming across the middle or even when he’s running an outside route or a corner route. You can put the ball in a certain area where only he can catch it.”
When at his best, Burress is capable of taking over a game. In 2001, he and Stewart connected on 14 passes for 265 yards and a touchdown in two games against the Titans. The next year, Burress set a Steelers single-game record with 253 yards receiving in a 34-34 tie with the Falcons.
The Giants continue to get younger, releasing Barry Stokes. With Whittle and Lucier back up guards, the Giants simply don’t need Stokes. Also Seubert took a pay cut to stay with the Giants. At least there’s still hope there.
Peter King thinks he thinks that the Plax deal makes sense. I agree although of course I wish he ahd come cheaper. The Giants needed a receiver. There weren’t many free agent options. We won’t be able to get immediate help in the draft. Etc. Anyway, here’s what King says:
5. I think Plaxico Burress finally saw the light — with a $250,000 sweetener from the Giants. When he turned down the Giants’ six-year, $25-million deal last week, I thought he needed to have his head examined. All he needed, really, was an agent to tell him, “Dude, you’re out of your tree if you turn down this money and take a one-year deal in Miami or Philly. You won’t catch more than 45 balls in either place, and you’ll be on the market next year in a worse position than you are now — coming off two mediocre years in a row. Take this money, go to New York, bond with Eli Manning, and catch 70 balls with 12 touchdowns for the next few years. It’s all out there for you.” Which, in essence, is what new agent Drew Rosenhaus said to him. The Giants did nothing to the deal except throw $250,000 more guaranteed dollars into the front of it, to make it seem like Burress won something for his one-week foot stomping. This is a good deal for both sides, because it will give Manning the deep threat he had to have, and it gives Burress the chance to be a premier player in the biggest market in the league. Why he ever even thought about not taking it in the first place is foolish.
Ralph Vacchiano thinks Coughlin is getting nicer. Coughlin answers questions like “Many of your rules seem like common-sense rules. Do you know why players objected to them?” and “The players that you had specific problems with last year – Barrett Green and Will Peterson, for example – can you wipe their slate clean for this year?”
Now that the Giants have upgraded at MLB, right tackle, and wide receiver there is some argument among Giants fans about what to do in the draft.
There’s a very strong “draft a backup running back” first contingent. There’s the “Defense wins championships” contingent. And the
“draft offensive lineman and a big back” smashmouth football contingent.
Persaonlly, I think we have money to address fullback and blocking tight end in free agency. And if the best player available at #43 is a back I say we take him.
But what I really want is for a great corner to fall to us because corners cost a fortune in free agency.
Left tackles, good running backs, and defensive ends are almost as expensive so if someone at one of those positions is more likely to succeed in the NFL than any of the available corners, we could go that way.
The other thing to consider is that we need depth at safety. I expect us to find some in the draft but would be surprised if we did it in rounds 2 or 3.
A few days ago I said 24 million was too much for Burress because he’s inconsistent. Now we’re paying him 25 million over 6 years with an 8 million signing bonus. I still think that’s a bit high, that it’s a gamble.
Sometimes gambles pay off and at least the Giants are trying to be great. And at least Burress took a physical this time. I’m happy.