FRENZY ON WR'S COULD IMPACT COULD IMPACT FUTURE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN GIANTS AND HAKEEM NICKS, VICTOR CRUZ
"General Manager Jerry Reese must have a headache after the first day of NFL free agency.
No, the New York
Giants did not go on a spending spree like teams such as the Tampa bay
Buccaneers and Washington Redskins. But that doesn't mean the first periodin
free agency did not heavily impact Big Blue.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin
Johnson carries the ball against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half
of their NFL football
game in Detroit, Michigan December 11, 2011. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook (UNITED STATES
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Wide receiver Calvin
Johnson of the Detroit Lions signed an obscene seven-year, $132 million
extension with $60 millionguaranteed. Vincent
Jackson signed a five-year, $55.55 million deal with $26 million being a
The Giants have two of their own stud wide receivers who will be in the
market for a new contract soon – HakeemNicks and Victor Cruz.
Nicks is set to be a free agent in 2014, and over the course of the last
three seasons, he has outperformed both of these Johnson and Jackson
Nicks: 202 catches for 3,034 yards and 24
Johnson: (in three more games than Nicks) 193 catches, 3,071
yards and 21 touchdowns.
Jackson: 142 catches, 2,521 yards and 21
The salary cap is expected to see a huge jump in 2014 due to the newly signed
television contracts – hence why Jerry Reese felt comfortable allotting
guaranteed salaries to players like Eli
Baas and David
Deihl in future years and shaving some base salary off 2011.
Another player to watch out for is Osi
Cole of the Philadelphia Eagles recently signed an extension worth $53
million over four years. Osi will surely be looking to creep around that range.
That be the case, it may spell his end.
Williams signs for will represent the bare bones minimum for a guy like
Jason Pierre-Paul a few years down the line, and his deal combined with Cole's
provide a good template for a Justin Tuck extension.
A lot of Giants players are happy about the first couple days of free