Excerpt: "For many, it's still too early to focus on the offseason. The NFL playoffs are ramping up, story lines are still developing and the Super Bowl is a mere three weeks away. Unfortunately, for New York Giants fans, February 4th can not get here fast enough. Big Blue fell tremendously short of their goals in 2012, as they finished out of the playoffs for the third time in four seasons. The team is currently $4.7 million over the salary cap and has 27 free agents to make decisions on this offseason. Although there is talent on the roster, general manager Jerry Reese as some franchise-altering decision to make before the team steps on the field in 2013.
Every decision that Reese makes this offseason will have a domino effect. First and foremost, the team must restructure the salaries of several players who had questionable 2012 campaigns. Corey Webster is on the books for $7.5 million, Chris Snee is owed $6.45 million, David Bass is under contract for $4.25 million, while Chris Canty ($6.25 million), Michael Boley ($4.25 million) and Justin Tuck ($4 million) all underperformed this season.
After some cap room is cleared, getting Victor Cruz under contract is going to be a tumultuous task. Cruz was productive in this season, but he proved he's not a No.1 receiver that can line up on the outside and play against a physical cornerback. With Hakeem Nicks on the field, Cruz can get into the slot and make plays. However, No. 80 disappeared at times this season. He's going to be retained, but he's not going to get the $10 million per year contract he desires. It may take Cruz a while to realize that this offseason.
There's really no easy decision to make in terms of who to get rid of. In the aforementioned group of players, every single one has been a key influence in winning at least one Super Bowl. It's hard to cut someone that's been to the promised land and delivered results far beyond anyone's wildest expectations. However, the NFL, and sports in general, is an ever-evolving industry in which change is sometimes necessary. Change is coming in 2013, we're only three weeks away from getting a preliminary notion of how Big Blue's roster will look next season." Read more...