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Archive for February, 2009

Giants sign DT Bernard, Boley to play WIL

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Rocky Bernard is a very good signing for the Giants. A defensive tackle that rushes the passer well can definitely find a spot in the rotation. The article I’ve linked to has Reese saying Bernard is stout against the run, but there’s a reason he doesn’t start (didn’t in Seattle and probably won’t for the Giants) – he’s a better rusher than run defender.

Also a quick update on Boley – Giants.com says he’s closer to 240 than 220 and that Coughlin calls him a WIL.

Giants offering Boley 5 million a year?

Friday, February 27th, 2009

According to Ralph Vacchiano, the Giants might offer Boley 5 million bucks a year.

Now Boley sounds good: 26, doesn’t miss games

He wasn’t a starter in 2008; he didn’t fit the Falcons new scheme. In 2007 he had over 100 tackles…

He’s listed at 223 but I read that he’s actually 230 or heavier. He played on the strong side for Atlanta so even 230 is undersized and 223 would be pretty small for a strong side backer.

Giants get Jacobs for the next 4 years

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Here’s the confirmation. Jacobs signed for 4 years, 25 million, 13 guaranteed. Fair deal if you ask me.

Giants defensive line news

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

First we have Cofield and Robbins both getting knee scopes. They should be fine for the season as long as nothing unexpected comes up.

We also have Coughlin confirming that Kiwanuka will remain at deensive end.

Scouts for the Giants hard at work

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Interesting article here on Giants’ scouts and how they find guys like Brandon Jacobs and Osi Umenyiora.

Jacobs franchised – looking for long term deal

Saturday, February 14th, 2009

Mike Garafolo has the story and Jacobs is OK wioth it for now:

“They don’t want to let me go and it just buys more time to get a deal done,” Jacobs said. “A deal is going to be done and I am confident in that fact that a deal is going to be done. They just didn’t want to let me hit the market to see what else is out there. They want me in and it is fine with me, because I would rather be here. It is another reason why I don’t really have a problem with it. Now if I didn’t want to be here I would be going off the deep end now, but that is not the fact because I want to be here. My family likes it here. This is where I started and this is kind of where I want to finish. It is really just to franchise me to try to get a deal done.

Rosenhaus stirring up trouble for Giants and Burress

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

According to the Star Ledger, the agent for Plaxico Burress, Drew Rosenhaus, reportedly sent an email to teams this week indicating that Burress (and Boldin and Chad Johnson) is available via trade.

The Giants are reportedly furious with the email, and assistant GM Kevin Abrams countered by notifying the league that New York has not authorized Rosenhaus to pursue a deal. Rosenhaus has since issued an apology.

Still wondering about Ward and Jacobs

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Here’s Pat Kirwan’s take on free agency. He mentions how veteran running backs (like Ward and Jacobs) may not get big bucks.

Also, though most of you must have heard, the Giants resigned Carr (2 million), and said good bye to Sam Madison, Sammy Knight, and Reuben Droughns. This, of course, leaves us pretty thin in the secondary – especially at safety.

Giants and Plaxico fighting over money?

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Ralph Vacchiano talks about the Gaints and Plax and money. The Giants don’t want to pay the man for shooting himself in the leg and missing the biggest part of the season. I can’t say I blame them but this has to hurt the chances of Burress coming back to the Giants next season…

ESPN suspends one of their few good analysts

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

This is more baseball news than football, but with ESPN kind of dominating sports news everyone should know about this.

ESPN has suspended Scott Van Pelt, one of the very few ESPN guys that doesn’t suck completely, for ripping Bud Selig on his radio show in response to Selig making $18+ million last season. From what I heard, Van Pelt was spot on.
Apparently ESPN pays these guys to dance around corporate toes and if someone has an actual opinion and steps on those corporate toes… No wonder ESPN hires so many friggin idiot analysts who spew nothing but crap and seem to know less than the average fan.
What we sports fans need is something much better than the crap ESPN tries to feed us daily.