02-26-2012, 05:42 PM
GIANTS' GM JERRY REESE PREPARED TO MAKE "HARD DECISIONS" AS SUPER BOWL CHAMPS MAKE PLANS FOR 2012 (http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/ny-giants-gm-jerry-reese-prepared-hard-decisions-super-bowl-champs-plans-2012-article-1.1028789)

"The Giants are less than a month removed from an improbable Super Bowl run, a
memorable ride that left malcontent defensive end Osi Umenyiora (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Osi+Umenyiora) smiling
and caused Brandon Jacobs (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brandon+Jacobs) to
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But the run to the Lombardi Trophy has done nothing to change <a title="Jerry Reese" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jerry+Reese">Jerry
Reese</a>. Last offseason, the Giants GM made several cold-blooded personnel
moves, jettisoning popular veterans who did not fit in with his long-term plan.
Reese, at this week’s NFL Scouting Combine, told the Daily News that he is
well-prepared to be ruthlessly efficient again this offseason.</p>

"You always have to make some hard decisions," he told the News. "If you
can't make a hard decision in this business, you shouldn't be in this

"There's always change," he added ominously, "and there will be change this

Reese made a host of unpopular moves in shaping the 2011 Giants, operating
with nary a hint of sentimentality as he let record-setting wideout <a title="Steve Smith (New York Giants)" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Steve+Smith+%28New+York+Giants%29">Steve
Smith</a> walk and cut veteran offensive linemen Rich Seubert (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Rich+Seubert) and <a title="Shaun O'Hara" href="http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Shaun+O%27Hara">Shaun
O'Hara</a>. He also refused to follow through on an alleged promise to Umenyiora
to re-do the underpaid pass-rusher's contract or trade him, leading to a
training camp holdout and bad blood between GM and player.</p>

But by season's end, that firestorm had resulted in a Super Bowl victory, and
Reese the steely villain was suddenly Reese the genius architect.</p>

"There are always some hard decisions to make," he said, "especially when
there are some Giants who have been on this team for a long time, and we have to
go in a different direction.</p>

"It's never personal. It's always business."</p>

There will be plenty of tough decisions in the coming months. Reese must deal
with Jacobs in a few weeks, deciding how to handle an under-productive tailback
who wants to return but is also due a $500,000 roster bonus next month. He must
make decisions on 21 unrestricted free agents, including Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mario+Manningham),
who said Saturday that he is not expecting to return.</p>

The GM must also decide whether to finally placate Umenyiora, who is now in
the final year of the deal that caused so much controversy last season. Reese
said a Umenyiora extension "could happen," but made no guarantees.</p>

And then there's sudden superstar wideout Victor Cruz (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Victor+Cruz), who wants
a significant bump in his $490,000 salary after a team-record 1,536 receiving
yards. But Reese hinted that he has no intention of overcompensating the
Cinderella story of the 2011 season.</p>

"We're talking about everything," he said of Cruz's situation during his
combine press conference. "Everybody thinks they deserve more after their season
when you win the Super Bowl, so that's a good problem to have, so we'll discuss
those issues as well."</p>

Those discussions will all be governed by the same ice-cold mentality that
built a Super Bowl champion this year, Reese promised.</p>

"It's still early, a long time before we play a game," he told the News. "A
lot of things can happen. We'll move forward as quickly and efficiently as we

02-26-2012, 06:25 PM
No one should be worried because majority of the team coming back. Probably only 3 players can actually leave and make big bucks the rest will get signed for a low price, so they will stay with the Giants, majority of our free agents will return.