David Baas, Chris Snee and the New York Giants going forward in free agency

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Snee gets a massive pay cut, while Baas is reportedly shown the door by the New York Giants

Chris Snee did not want to be remembered for two injury-plagued seasons at the end of his career, which have tarnished his once stellar resume. So true to his word, Snee accepted a massive pay cut in order to remain with his father-in-law, Giants’ head coach Tom Coughlin and his Big Blue teammates.

According to ESPN, “Snee has agreed to reduce his base salary from $7.2 million to $1.1 million, plus another $1 million in incentives, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.”

Snee’s generosity put a cool $5 million back into the Giants’ salary cap cushion, and seemingly makes the G-men a player in the NFL free agent frenzy, which officially starts today.

Yesterday’s events may have also hastened the departure of disappointing and oft-injured center David Baas. Jordan Raanan of NJ.com wrote yesterday that sources have indicated that Baas will be cut by New York; a move that will save the Giants $1.775 million, money, likely to be recycled into a new starting center.

“Baas, 32, missed most of last year with knee and hip injuries. He appeared in 30 games in three seasons for the Giants, helping them win the Super Bowl in his first year with the team,” Raanan wrote in summarizing Baas’ tenure with the team.

In addition to being injury prone, Baas also was not the anchor of the offensive line that general manager Jerry Reese thought he would be when signed away from the San Francisco 49ers in 2011.

Given the new influx of cash, two centers should be high on the Giants’ priority list: Evan Dietrich-Smith of the Green Bay Packers and Brian de la Puenta of the New Orleans Saints.

Dietrich-Smith should be familiar with new Giants’ offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo, and he was given an overall rating of 12.1 by Pro Football Focus (PFF) for the 2013 season, which was eighth best among NFL centers. By contrast, Kevin Boothe, who started the majority of games at center for New York last season was given an overall grade of – (11.3).

According to OverTheCap.com, the Giants currently have almost $22.2 million to spend in free agency, which would increase to $24 million, if Baas is indeed released.

In addition, Giants’ punter Steve Weatherford is also rumored to have restructured his contract as well, giving additional cap relief to the team.

New York’s wish list is quite extensive with the squad looking to fill positions on the offensive line, running back, tight end, linebacker, cornerback and kicker.

Running backs Donald Brown of the Indianapolis Colts and Knowshon Moreno of the Denver Broncos could be targeted for a homecoming with the new cap room. Moreno was given a 9.9 overall rating by PFF, while Brown had a 6.9 rating, which was good for 20th in the league. Both players were high school stars in the Garden State.

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