SPEARHEADED BY JERRY REESE, GIANTS' OFF-SEASON STRATEGY IS A STUDY IN ECONOMICS
"Buying low and selling high; that's the basic foundation of trading on the
stock market successfully. But what if that strategy applied to the NFL? New York
Giants general manager Jerry Reese contends that it does.
Last summer Reese explicitly stated his disdain for making "big sexy moves."
In fact, Reese controversially sold high on key free agents such as Steve Smith
and Kevin Boss, both of whom have now found homes on bargain basement deals with
their 3rd team in three years.
This offseason, the additions of MartellusBennett on a one-year deal, Stevie
Brown on a one-year deal, as well as Chris Horton on a one-year deal represents
a continuation of Reese's philosophy.
If you think the pickups the Giants have made will have minimal impact, think
again. In the last four years, the Giants have signed players on cheap, short
deals, who ended up making major contributions over the course of the season.
KawikaMitchell, Derrick Ward, Deon Grant, Devin Thomas, and Steve Weatherford
have all come in on short, economical deals and made major contributionsto the
Giants and their success.
None of these players were brought in near the beginning of free agency
either. Reese likes to strengthen his leverage when signing players by letting
the dust settle in free agency before he makes any moves. Players signed at the
outset of free agency tend to get deals well above their value. The more days
that pass, the more willing a player is to take a cheaper deal.
All are perfect examples of Reese's uncanny ability to buy low.
Look for this to continue to happen over the course of the next several
Reese will take the draft round by round and pick by pick and if he
ultimately still feels as if he has holes on the team, he will address them
post-draft. Players at need positions like Jonathan Goff, Gary Brackett, Joseph
Addai, and others are still out there.
No one knows what the Giants have in mind for draft day, but there is almost
a certainty that the Giants will sign players after the draft. Keith Bullock,
Deon Grant, as well as Steve Weatherford were all signed post- draft.
Perhaps the Giants will add two running backs in the draft that they love,
like Lamar Miller or Bernard Pierce or perhaps they will land a middle
linebacker like Luke Keuchly. The team won't know until Mr. Irrelevant is
selected exactly who they need to add this summer to come into camp and