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    [LINK]http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/New-York-Giants-Jerry-Reese-general-manager-expects-some-changes-020912[/LINK]

    The New York Giants already started preparing to defend their Super Bowl title, just days after winning their second NFL title in five seasons.

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    General manager Jerry Reese said Thursday he expects a strong core of players to return next year, but cautioned ''there will definitely be some changes.'' That's no surprise considering 20 players are set to become unrestricted free agents in March.

    ''There's a lot of planning, a lot of discussion on guys and on salaries and where we can go and where we can't go,'' Reese said in a conference call. ''It's a lot of discussion to be had.

    ''But we'll be ready.''

    The Giants, just 7-7 with two games remaining in the regular season, finished with six straight wins, including a 21-17 victory over New England last Sunday in the Super Bowl. It was the second time coach Tom Coughlin and quarterback Eli Manning beat Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the Patriots for the title.

    Chemistry and camaraderie were among the chief reasons the Giants were able to overcome a four-game losing streak and rebound to win the NFC East title in the last game of the regular season.

    ''Wins always make you love each other. That's the common denominator: wins,'' Reese said. ''Every team is different, every offseason a team changes, but there will be a strong core of our current players coming back. I can tell you that. But there will definitely be some changes.''

    Only four of New York's starters will be free agents: tackle Kareem McKenzie, linebacker Chase Blackburn, cornerback Aaron Ross and punter Steve Weatherford. Wide receiver Mario Manningham, defensive end Dave Tollefson, defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, cornerback Terrell Thomas and safety Deon Grant are among the key players that could test free agency.

    .Manningham, who lost his starting job to Pro Bowl wideout Victor Cruz, could get plenty of attention on the open market after making a sensational 38-yard catch on the Giants' go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter against the Patriots.

    ''We try to make good football decisions,'' Reese said. ''It would be great to make splashy moves in the offseason, but our goal is to make good football decisions and that's what we try to do every year. We don't just think about our personnel for the current year. We think a couple years down the line and that's important.''

    One of the top offseason issues involves Osi Umenyiora's contract situation. The two-time Pro Bowl defensive end was a training camp holdout last summer, and had harsh words for Reese after not getting a contract extension.

    Umenyiora is slated to earn $3.975 million next season in the final year of a seven-year deal he signed in 2005. He had nine sacks in nine games in 2011.

    ''We're in the early stages of the evaluation,'' Reese said. ''Osi is under contract. We'll discuss everything as a staff and we'll discuss all issues that could possibly come up for us and we'll come up with a game plan. We'll move on, day by day, and see how things work out for us.''

    Reese said he expects tight ends Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum to start the season on the physically unable to perform list. Both players tore knee ligaments in the Super Bowl.

    Reese praised the team's practice squad and suggested some of those players could fill voids at tight end and other positions.
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  • #2
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    The offseason is going to be interesting. We'll lose MM, but I think we'll come out if more than OK. I believe in JR and that FO.

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      I can see Grant, BJ, Kareem, & MM moving on or retiring.

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        [quote user="DragonSoul"]I can see Grant, BJ, Kareem, & MM moving on or retiring.[/quote]

        I could see BJ taking a significant pay cut to stay, but you may be dead on with the others.

        I believe the top priorities besides MM are Weatherford, Blackburn, TT, and Ross. The OTs and TE positions are very important also.
        Emperor Tom

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          [quote user="NWKEffectElement"][quote user="DragonSoul"]I can see Grant, BJ, Kareem, & MM moving on or retiring.[/quote]

          I could see BJ taking a significant pay cut to stay, but you may be dead on with the others.

          I believe the top priorities besides MM are Weatherford, Blackburn, TT, and Ross. The OTs and TE positions are very important also.[/quote]
          MM's gone, but Weatherford, Blackburn, and either TT or Ross will be back. I think we can afford to keep Ross but I can't see both CBs coming back with Prince around.

          I'm not necessarily letting McKenzie go either unless we pick his replacement in the draft. I can't see McKenzie being expensive. I'd rather get a LT in the draft -- I'm not big on Beatty, and Diehl is a back-up now or maybe a starting guard for 1 more year, max.

          BJ and AB both need to take cuts in salary -- BJ is not the force that he once was, and AB is always injured. I'm not giving up on them, but they need to take cuts.

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            [quote user="DragonSoul"]I can see Grant, BJ, Kareem, & MM moving on or retiring.[/quote]

            Grant I think will stay, Kareem and MM are both gone, and BJ is up in the air. He's gotta take a huge pay cut. If he takes it he'll stay if he doesn't he's gone. It's up to him. He's not going to find a better situation anywhere else. Not at this stage in his career.

            I think T. Thomas will be back, I expect Aaron Ross to come back, I expect Ballard to be re-upped, Kiwi is a guy they will have to address. I think OSI is as good as gone, but I don't think until next year unless a team is willing to give up a second rounder for him. The key quote from the article was where JR said he's looking two years down the road. That's when he has JPP, Cruz, and Nicks to worry about. That's when it becomes, sign them or they go, and which ones do you sign... They are all going to cost mega buck and this team already will have 15 million or so tied on to Eli at that point.

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              It's beyond why everyone has already wrote MM off as he's already leaving......
              We just won the super bowl, this is a much more attractive team to play for opposed to others...
              It's a very strong WR FA market.....
              And HAM being a 3rd receiving Threat was huge part of our offenses success, Reese & co know this......

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                [quote user="myles2424"]It's beyond why everyone has already wrote MM off as he's already leaving......
                We just won the super bowl, this is a much more attractive team to play for opposed to others...
                It's a very strong WR FA market.....
                And HAM being a 3rd receiving Threat was huge part of our offenses success, Reese & co know this......[/quote]

                He's an over the top deep threat who is a strong number 2 WR on a team where he would have to be a number 3 if he were to return.

                Expect him to fly right to the Jets if the Jets don't steal Stevie Johnston from the Buffalo Bills. They will pay

                Unfortunately, the Giants just can't affor MM. They HAVE to sign Nicks and Cruz this year.

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                  Re: ARTICLE: Giants GM Reese expects some change

                  [quote user="NWKEffectElement"][quote user="DragonSoul"]I can see Grant, BJ, Kareem, & MM moving on or retiring.[/quote]

                  I could see BJ taking a significant pay cut to stay, but you may be dead on with the others.

                  I believe the top priorities besides MM are Weatherford, Blackburn, TT, and Ross. The OTs and TE positions are very important also.[/quote]I dont see much of a market for jacobs in FA he is better off taking what the Giants give him and retire a Giant

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                  • #10
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                    [quote user="VBGiantsFan"][quote user="myles2424"]It's beyond why everyone has already wrote MM off as he's already leaving......
                    We just won the super bowl, this is a much more attractive team to play for opposed to others...
                    It's a very strong WR FA market.....
                    And HAM being a 3rd receiving Threat was huge part of our offenses success, Reese & co know this......[/quote]

                    He's an over the top deep threat who is a strong number 2 WR on a team where he would have to be a number 3 if he were to return.

                    Expect him to fly right to the Jets if the Jets don't steal Stevie Johnston from the Buffalo Bills. They will pay

                    Unfortunately, the Giants just can't affor MM. They HAVE to sign Nicks and Cruz this year.[/quote]I dont see anyway Manningham returns. i hate to lose him but this draft class is loaded with WR's. The Giants could wait till the middle rounds and snag a good 1

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                    • #11
                      Re: ARTICLE: Giants GM Reese expects some change

                      [quote user="Redeyejedi"][quote user="VBGiantsFan"][quote user="myles2424"]It's beyond why everyone has already wrote MM off as he's already leaving......
                      We just won the super bowl, this is a much more attractive team to play for opposed to others...
                      It's a very strong WR FA market.....
                      And HAM being a 3rd receiving Threat was huge part of our offenses success, Reese & co know this......[/quote]

                      He's an over the top deep threat who is a strong number 2 WR on a team where he would have to be a number 3 if he were to return.

                      Expect him to fly right to the Jets if the Jets don't steal Stevie Johnston from the Buffalo Bills. They will pay

                      Unfortunately, the Giants just can't affor MM. They HAVE to sign Nicks and Cruz this year.[/quote]I dont see anyway Manningham returns. i hate to lose him but this draft class is loaded with WR's. The Giants could wait till the middle rounds and snag a good 1[/quote]per nfl
                      JR said that they will address the TE in FA or Draft. Figured that was coming after Beckum and Ballard.
                      Peace,
                      DragonSoul



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                      • #12
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                        A lot of you are saying that if Jacobs takes a pay cut he will be back. I agree that he won't be back at his current price, but I don't know if it's as simple as him taking a pay cut. He might be willing to do that (or not, who knows) but the Giants might not want him back. His production has declined significantly to the point where they might be better off taking a running back in the 2nd or 3rd round and letting him go.

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                          Here's the two calls that i'd be making, with a lot of tears in my eyes because I really don't want to, but might have to, if I were in JR's position.

                          I think I'm the only one that would say it's time to cut Ross loose. It's a shame, he's a real good guy and an awesome CB to boot, but we'll have Terrel Thomas coming back next season, Webster is still trucking like a boss, and Prince won't be so green (and also not injured).



                          I'd also say that Chase Blackburn, for all the awesomeness he's provided this season, may have to go. We're going to be getting a glut of linebackers returning from IR (remember, we signed Chase out of retirement after so many of our linebackers got injured this season). If it weren't for the cap space, I'd keep him in a heartbeat. But I don't know where else we'd save money...

                          As for the ones that consensus seems to indicate: Yeah, manningham is going to have to go. We just can't afford him. If we can actually get a season underway with Hixon not getting injured, him and Jerrel Jernigan can work out who the #3 WR is going to be. I'd also say kareem is out as well (probably replace him with a mid-round pick).

                          I'm Commander Shepard, and this is my favorite team in the NFL.

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                            I guess I'm one of the few guys that sees Mario staying.




                            He pretty much proved his worth in the Super Bowl.




                            Bill Belichick's own words prior to that final drive say it all:




                            "Don't let Cruz or Nicks get the ball. Make sure Manning needs to go with Pascoe or Manningham."




                            Well, Manningham put a knife in the Patriots.....they've got to find a way to keep the best WR unit in the NFL intact.




                            During a long stretch of this season, the offense was the only thing keeping the season alive.....and within the offense, the strength was the receivers. Manningham is one of the most important players on the team, in my opinion.

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                              [quote user="Toadofsteel"]Here's the two calls that i'd be making, with a lot of tears in my eyes because I really don't want to, but might have to, if I were in JR's position. I think I'm the only one that would say it's time to cut Ross loose. It's a shame, he's a real good guy and an awesome CB to boot, but we'll have Terrel Thomas coming back next season, Webster is still trucking like a boss, and Prince won't be so green (and also not injured).

                              I'd also say that Chase Blackburn, for all the awesomeness he's provided this season, may have to go. We're going to be getting a glut of linebackers returning from IR (remember, we signed Chase out of retirement after so many of our linebackers got injured this season). If it weren't for the cap space, I'd keep him in a heartbeat. But I don't know where else we'd save money... As for the ones that consensus seems to indicate: Yeah, manningham is going to have to go. We just can't afford him. If we can actually get a season underway with Hixon not getting injured, him and Jerrel Jernigan can work out who the #3 WR is going to be. I'd also say kareem is out as well (probably replace him with a mid-round pick).[/quote]




                              I'd like to keep Ross and Blackburn.




                              There is no guarantee T2 will be back at full strength. Ross was good down the stretch.




                              If we have too many linebackers, then someone other than Blackburn needs to go. Our linebackers flat out sucked until Blackburn came back.....he's not the fastest, but he understands the schemes, and takes the right angles. He makes up for alot with smarts and hustle.




                              Plus Blackburn shouldn't have a huge pricetag.

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