Mar 262011
 

New York Giants Awarded Two Compensatory Draft Picks: The Giants have been awarded two compensatory draft picks in the upcoming NFL Draft for their free agent losses in 2010. The Giants will receive two 6th round draft picks (198th and 202nd overall) for losing DT Fred Robbins and QB David Carr.

The Draft will be held on April 28-30.

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: NY Giants Coach Tom Coughlin on Team’s Late Season Collapses and QB Eli Manning’s Role in Them by James Varney of The Times-Picayune

Mar 222011
 

Some Giants Will Lose Big Bucks During NFL Lockout: According to ESPN, several Giants will lose a lot of money in the form of lost offseason workout bonuses if the NFL lockout does not end soon. If a player does not participate in at least 90 percent of offseason workouts, he loses his workout bonus.

Giants who will be hurt include QB Eli Manning ($500,000 workout bonus), OL Shawn Andrews ($500,000), LB Michael Boley ($250,000), S Antrel Rolle ($250,000), and DE Justin Tuck ($150,000).

With respect to Andrews, the Giants also will have 30 days once their is a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is agreed upon to make a roster decision. Andrews has been plagued with career-threatening back issues and he is scheduled to make a $3.5 million roster bonus on the 30th day of the new league year.

Mar 182011
 

Giants’ President/CEO John Mara on WFAN: The audio of Wednesday’s WFAN interview with Giants’ President/CEO John Mara is available at CBSNewYork.com

Article on Giants’ President/CEO John Mara: Giants Will Allow Season-Ticket Holders to Defer Payment Until Lockout is Over by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on DE Justin Tuck: Giants’ Tuck Making Most of Time Off by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on DE Osi Umenyiora: Giants’ Osi Umenyiora Included in NFL Lockout Lawsuit Specifically Because of Bonus-Heavy Contract by The Daily News

 

Mar 122011
 

Tom Boisture Passes Away: Tom Boisture, who served as the Giants’ Director of Player Personnel and later Vice President of Player Personnel from 1980-2000, passed away yesterday. Boisture was 79 and died of myelofibrosis, a form of leukemia.

“Tom was a great talent evaluator and was an important part of our success in the 1980’s,” said Giants’ President and CEO John Mara. “The players he drafted revitalized our franchise. He was also a wonderful person and we will miss him dearly.”

Articles on the Giants and the NFL Labor Negotiations:

Article on Former Giant HB Tiki Barber: What Makes Barber Run Back to NFL? by Johnette Howard of ESPNNewYork.com

Mar 102011
 

Assistant Special Teams Coach Thomas McGaughey Leaves for LSU: Giants’ Assistant Special Teams Coach Thomas McGaughey has accepted a job offer from LSU to become the school’s new special teams/defensive line coach.

Since 2007, McGaughey has worked under Giants’ Special Teams Coach Tom Quinn.

Article on DT Barry Cofield: Giants DT Barry Cofield Not Sure About His Future With Team by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Mar 092011
 

Tiki Barber Wants to Return to the NFL, But Giants Say No Thanks: Former Giants’ halfback Tiki Barber, who retired from the NFL after the 2006 NFL season, announced yesterday that he would like to return to the NFL. If he does, it will not be with the New York Giants, who still own his football rights but not for long. As soon as there is a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the Giants will officially part ways with Barber.

“We wish Tiki nothing but the best,” the Giants said in a statement yesterday. “When we are able to make the transaction, we will release him from our reserve/retired list.”

Barber turns 36 years old next month. He remains the Giants’ all-time leading rusher with 10,449 yards rushing and 55 rushing touchdowns. Barber is also second on the franchise’s reception list with 586 catches.

Editorial on Tiki Barber: A Giant Return for Tiki is Mission Impossible After Falling Out by Gary Myers of The Daily News

Keith Bulluck Says He Would Like to Return to the Giants: After last season ended, LB Keith Bulluck, who is currently not under contract, said he would like to return to the Giants only if he received more playing time.

Last week, Bulluck told The Tennessean that he would like to re-sign with the Giants. “I’d love to be back with the Giants,” said Bulluck, “because something that was started there could definitely be completed with maximum reward.”

Mar 042011
 

New York Giants Officially Re-Sign Domenik Hixon and Darius Reynaud: The Giants announced yesterday that they have re-signed WR/Returner Domenik Hixon and WR/HB/Returner Darius Reynaud.

“I thank God and I feel very blessed that I have an opportunity to come back to the New York Giants,” said Hixon. “That’s what I wanted.  I love the New York Giants and being in New Jersey. It’s been a blast. They have a great coaching staff and ownership and a team that I like. I really wanted to come back and I’m glad we were able to work something out.”

Hixon missed all of the 2010 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during a June mini-camp. “I feel real comfortable, I feel strong,” Hixon said. “I was joking with one of my buddies. We were running together and I told him, ‘I feel like I gained a step.’ I’m preparing myself as well as I can and getting all the rust off now so when I get back out there I’ll be ready for the season and be at full speed. I’m back doing everything full speed. I’m trying to simulate the season I missed with different things.”

“That was one of the most devastating things about the injury,” Hixon said. “The guys on the special teams units were just getting used to each other and we ended on a real good note the year before. We thought we’d continue to build up. I feel we’ll keep on doing that and pick up where we left off a couple of years ago.”

“I do physical therapy every day and in the afternoon I run routes and do punt work and things like that,” Hixon said. “I’ve been doing that for a while now, running routes, doing one-on-ones and incorporating that along with the rehab. I’m going to be ready to go when camp starts.”

New York Giants Officially Tender Nine Players: The Giants announced yesterday that they have officially tendered nine players. The official announcement corrects some tender-level errors originally reported by the press earlier this week.

The Giants tendered the following restricted free agents:

  • HB Ahmad Bradshaw (2nd round tender)
  • WR Steve Smith (original round tender – 2nd round)
  • TE Kevin Boss (2nd round tender)
  • OL Kevin Boothe (original round tender – 6th round)
  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (original round tender – 1st round)
  • DE Dave Tollefson (2nd round tender)
  • DT Barry Cofield (2nd round tender)

Keep in mind, however, that the seven restricted free agents will most likely be unrestricted free agents once the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is finalized.

The Giants also tendered the following exclusive free agents:

  • TE/FB Bear Pascoe
  • OL Jamon Meredith

Article on HB Brandon Jacobs: Jacobs Uncertain of Future But Wants to Remain a Giant by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Article on Former Giants’ WR Plaxico Burress: Brandon Jacobs Touts Plaxico Burress by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Mar 032011
 

New York Giants Re-Sign Domenik Hixon and D.J. Ware: According to WR Domenik Hixon’s Facebook page, the Giants and Hixon have agreed to terms on a new contract. No details yet on the deal.

“God answers PRAYERS! My agent and I have been negotiating with the Giants and it looks like we have came to terms!” Hixon wrote. “Going to sign the papers in the a.m. and make this thing official! Thank God and all the support from family, friends and fans!!! Thank You and GO G-MEN!!!”

Meanwhile, the Giants officially re-signed free agent halfback D.J. Ware yesterday. According to The Daily News and New York Post, the contract is a 2-year, $2 million deal.

“Danny is very excited to be back, even though there’s obviously uncertainty going on in the backfield,” said Ware’s agent. “Danny certainly appreciates and respects his colleagues. He’s learned a lot playing with those guys. Either he continues his growth behind two great backs, or he has a chance to battle for the #2 job.”

“In limited action, it says a lot about Danny they’re willing to lock him up for another two years,” said Ware’s agent. “They’ve always said he’s got the skills. It’s more about fitting him in game plan and giving him opportunities. It’s just been a matter of the circumstances.”

Giants Do Not Tender LB Gerris Wilkinson: According to The Daily News, the Giants have not tendered potential restricted free agent LB Gerris Wilkinson. This means that Wilkinson will be an unrestricted free agent, free to sign with any other team. The Daily News says the Giants have told Wilkinson the team would still like to re-sign him.

Barden Has Surgery: As expected (see February 27 “News and Notes”), WR Ramses Barden had surgery on his injured ankle yesterday. “The scope-surgery went great,” said Barden on his Twitter account. “Everything is clean (and) natural again, but I will be laid up for a few days.”

Barden broke his left ankle and suffered ligament damage in that ankle in the Cowboys game at the Meadowlands in November.

Article on DE Mathias Kiwanuka: Kiwanuka Could Be Giants’ Key in 2011 by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Mar 022011
 

New York Giants Tender at Least Seven Players: According to press reports, the Giants have tendered the following restricted free agents:

  • HB Ahmad Bradshaw (2nd round tender)
  • WR Steve Smith (2nd round tender)
  • TE Kevin Boss (2nd round tender)
  • OL Kevin Boothe (2nd round tender)
  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (2nd round tender)
  • DE Dave Tollefson (2nd round tender)
  • DT Barry Cofield (2nd round tender)

Though most press reports say it is not known what level Boothe was tendered at, The Bergen Record says it was at the 2nd round level. The Star-Ledger also says WR Domenik Hixon may have been tendered. In addition to Hixon, The Daily News says the Giants have seven other players who are eligible to be tendered as restricted free agents, and some or all of them may have been tendered.

That said, this year’s tendering exercise is most likely meaningless. The only way these seven players with four or five years of experience will remain restricted is if the players and owners agree either (1) agree to another uncapped season in 2011, or (2) the new CBA stipulates that four- and five-year players will be restricted free agents. Neither is a likely scenario.

If for whatever reason the players do remain restricted once free agency starts, the Giants have the right to match any contract offer from another team. If the Giants do not, they would receive compensation at the protected level (i.e., a second round pick from the signing team).

Steve Smith Hopes to Return to Giants: Free agent WR Steve Smith, who is recovering from offseason microfracture surgery on his knee, says he hopes to re-sign with the Giants.

“I know it will be a little more difficult now depending on how I come back from this injury, how I look,” Smith said. “I think the Giants are going to reward me with a contract this year. They told me that.”

It remains questionable how well Smith will be able to recover from the risky microfracture surgery he had performed on December 21. He hopes to be running by the end of May.

“The doctors are saying I’m on point with everything, so it’s good,” Smith said. “It’s a very vanilla, very boring rehab. I can’t go run, I can’t go play basketball or do the things that everybody else can do. I got to stay off my feet. We ice, we do heat, we do massage, I’m doing some stuff with the bike, some leg curls, some different things to strengthen my leg. I’ve come a long way, and I still have a long way to go.”

“My mindset is positive,” Smith said. “We kind of ended the season on a bad note, again, but I think we got a great team coming back, the chemistry. I want to be a Giant. I hope I’m in New York, I hope I’m back.”

Shaun O’Hara Medical Update: As reported in “News in Notes” last month, OC Shaun O’Hara had a screw placed in his injured right foot in mid-January. The screw is intended to stabilize the sprained Lisfranc joint and help the foot to heal faster. O’Hara will also have a second surgery soon to remove a bone chip from his Achilles.

“They basically told me I probably won’t start running until mid-May,” said O’Hara. “The one thing they assured me is I will be 100 percent healthy for training camp.”

“The (Giants) haven’t expressed any concern to me about me being ready for the season,” said O’Hara. “I will be back to my normal self and I still feel like I have good football left in me…My intention is to come back and pick up where I left off the year before. For me it’s just ‘Get healthy’. I know I’m in my prime. The last two years I’ve been playing best football, so I know for me it’s just a matter of getting healthy.”