The NFL offseason is officially underway after an absolute shellacking in Super Bowl XLVIII gave the Seattle Seahawks a 43-8 win over Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Now, we turn our attention to roster cuts, free agency and the NFL draft in May as teams prepare themselves for the 2014 season.
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David Baas has been a liability since he got to New York. Is there a chance the Giants cut him in the offseason?
– Jason (Queens, NY)
It’s possible, but don’t count on it. The Giants need offensive line help and they’ll take it anywhere they can get it. Cutting Baas would only save the Giants $1.775 million in cap space, so they would be better served keeping the oft-injured lineman on the roster and accepting the waste of money for a year while at least getting something out of him. Then, they can cut him after the season when they no longer have any financial commitment.
They could also cut him after June 1, save $5 million but take a hit next season of $3.225 million. Sounds like a lose-lose, meaning the Giants may as well keep the 32-year-old center on the roster despite the fact that he is coming off a serious knee injury and lackluster play in three seasons with the G-Men.
Do the Giants go out and sign/draft another WR, or do you think they liked what they saw from Jerrel Jernigan enough to make him the No. 3 guy behind Cruz and Randle?
– Mike (Staten Island, NY)
I think they do, regardless of what they thought of Jernigan’s play in the final three games. The kid hadn’t done anything up to that point in three seasons with the Giants and he may never again.
There is a good crop of talent on the free agent wire and in this year’s draft class to address the receiver position. Big Blue may be able to land a major score on the fly that reshapes the offense and elevates the threat they pose to opposing defenses. I love Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State in the first round, but I’m not sure how I feel about the G-Men taking him in the first round. They have a lot of voids to fill, but when you have a chance to add a playmaker like Benjamin, you do it.
Hakeem Nicks isn’t going to be a Giant, but where do you see him landing in free agency?
– Eric (Hawley, PA)
Don’t count out the Giants completely, but it doesn’t appear likely. I see Nicks landing with a team like the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers are building toward being a legit contender in the NFL and that won’t happen until they provide a boost for their offense and give Cam Newton someone to throw to.
Nicks sounds like a pretty good there. Opposite Steve Smith, Nicks will get plenty of opportunities to make some noise. And if recent history is any indication, the Panthers really like former Giants (Chase Blackburn, Domenik Hixon, and they showed interested in director of college scouting Marc Ross).
Nicks is still a top-level receiver in the NFL; he just hasn’t produced like it over the past two seasons. I don’t know if that’s as a result of the injuries piling up, or if he was just unhappy in New York down the stretch. He’ll get his chance to prove himself somewhere else, however, and I think Carolina would be as good as chance for him to do so as any in the league.