Excerpt: "To “replace’’ is to take the place of, especially as a substitute or successor.
No definition of “replace’’ or “replacement’’ contains any promise of “improvement’’ or “upgrade’’ — no assurance that new means better.
There’s no doubt the Giants in early April are different, more different than anyone could have suspected after they signed 13 free agents who played elsewhere in 2013. That’s the biggest haul of any team in the NFL, but it doesn’t guarantee the Giants have taken a quantum leap forward in skill and talent. They have, unquestionably, gained tremendous experience — all 13 newcomers have been starters or important players in the league — but in almost every case, these players were not considered priorities by their former teams.
What are we to make of these ReplaceJints? Of the 13 newcomers, six figure to be starters or key contributors — cornerbacks Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Walter Thurmond, offensive linemen Geoff Schwartz and J.D. Walton, linebacker Jameel McClain and running back Rashad Jennings. Five represent modest investments in good players.
Rodgers-Cromartie, the shut-down cornerback who came aboard on a five-year, $35 million contract that one month ago seemed too deep for the Giants’ pockets, represented a significant monetary splash, but he was the one glaring exception. Otherwise, the most money the Giants gave to attract someone from the outside is the four-year, $16.8 million deal for Schwartz, who figures to be the starting left guard. The only big money given to one of their own was handed to linebacker Jon Beason (three years, $16.8 million).
Factor in a new offensive coordinator, Ben McAdoo, and a new playbook, there’s no doubt the spring and summer will contain more teaching than in any of Tom Coughlin’s previous 10 years." Read more...