Excerpt: "No one can deny general manager Jerry Reese and his assistant, Kevin Abrams, spread the Giants’ available salary-cap money around so evenly that the dollars trickled down to fill needs at multiple positions. With Reese making the final call and Abrams crunching the numbers, the Giants, as of early Thursday night, signed 23 players in free agency for contracts that total nearly $115 million.
Was this voodoo economics? Did the Giants circumvent the salary cap? Of course not. They headed into the process in a more advantageous financial situation than past years, with upwards of $25 million to spend under the $133 million cap for 2014, and they used it judiciously. Consider that the richest deal they wrote — five years, $35 million for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie — will cost the Giants only $2.7 million in cap space this year. The highest 2014 salary-cap number ($3.1 million) belongs to linebacker Jon Beason, one of 10 of their own players the Giants re-signed.
Of the 13 newcomers signed, seven were given one-year contracts, always a sign they had no more lucrative options. Of the 10 players re-signed, six received one-year deals. Again, a sign these players were not in high demand." Read more...