Jul 312011

New York Giants Sign QB David Carr: According to the player himself, the Giants have signed unrestricted free agent QB David Carr. Carr played with the Giants in 2008-09. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 and the 49ers waived earlier this week.

Umenyiora Activated: The Giants activated DE Osi Umenyiora off of the Reserve/Did-Not-Report List today. For more on the Umenyiora situation, see Osi Meets Reese, But Fight “Isn’t Over” by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News.

Injury Report – Two on PUP Now: WR Ramses Barden (ankle) remains on the Active/Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List.

“I’m not sure what the timetable is,” said Barden. “I know right now they want to kind of take everything slow to make sure there’s no issues that arise. It’s important for me to be 100% and not have any kind of setbacks or anything. I think both the coaches and the training staff are confident with me.”

In addition, the Giants have placed OC Adam Koets (knee) on the PUP. Koets is coming off of knee surgery to repair a torn ACL that he suffered last season.

Plaxico Burress Joins Jets: Unrestricted free agent WR Plaxico Burress, who the Giants met with last Friday, has signed a 1-year, $3.017 million contract with the New York Jets.

While the Jets $3.017 million offer was fully guaranteed, the Giants’ offer reportedly was not. According to press reports the Giants offer Burress a 1-year, $4 million contract with $1 million in salary, no signing bonus, $500,000 for being active every game, and $2.5 million in performance bonuses. In other words, the Giants’ offer had no guaranteed money.

Free Agent Rumblings: According to press reports, the Giants will meet with unrestricted free agent TE Ben Patrick (Arizona Cardinals).

There are reports that the Washington Redskins may be interested in unrestricted free agent HB Ahmad Bradshaw.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Sunday Press Conference: The transcript and video of today’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: The transcripts and video of today’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Article on the 2011 New York Giants: If Dysfunctional Giants Get It Together, Watch Out NFC East by Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com

Article on the Giants’ Punters: Former Jets Punter Steve Weatherford Wanted the Giants, Will Provide Competition for Matt Dodge by Zach Berman of The Star-Ledger

Jul 312011
July 30, 2011 New York Giants Training Camp Report (Evening Practice)

by BigBlueInteractive.com Contributor UberAlias

For starters, don’t expect the detailed fan reports you did in Albany unless the team changes fields for the team activities. The fan area is all on one side and there is a near field and a far field. Fans had a good perspective on the close stuff, but they ran team activities on the far field and it was hard to make out much. They added bleachers, which helped, but even from the top row, which was where I sat, it was hard to make out much when they were on the far side. This was my experience at least. The beat guys were up close as they were in Albany, so they can probably give you better report.

Anyways, here are a few observations I was able to make:

I was glad to read Devin Thomas get a call out in a report or two. He had one poor drop in a drill, but did catch my eye. He looked good out there.

After missing a year, Hixon looked like Hixon. He looked sharp, as he has in previous camps. With the 3rd WR spot open for grabs, it should be fun following Hixon, Thomas, and Cruz compete for this. And I say that knowing full well that none of the three are locks to make the final roster.

You could see Da’Rel Scott’s long speed. I could not see how he moves in the closed in space (too many bodies in the way), but that breakaway speed he’s noted for is apparent. It was reported during the offseason stuff that this kid plans to work and I noted some of that. I saw him putting in effort down field blocking at the point when most guys have relaxed their efforts for the play.

Here’s one the college guys already knew: Hynoski has hands.

Snee at Center was interesting. Obviously Baas being out was the key reason, but I’m curious if that would have been the arrangement if Koets was able to work.

Brewer is a big boy (we know this).

Beckum is such a huge contrast out there with the other TEs in terms of size and movement.

I wish I had some observations on the defensive guys, but was not able to see much. I tried to single out Kenny Phillips a few times during team drills but nothing that involved him. I was just glad to see him in for all reps and did not observe any limitations or anything.

Ross had the one pick. He’s an intriguing player in this CB mix and I’m glad we have him. He ran to Rolle and they did a jumping chest bump after the play and looked like he forgot he was still supposed to be in there and ran back on the field just in time for the next play. I got a kick out of that.

I did not stick around for the autographs but they were organizing an area for that, so good to see we’ll have that.

It was no where near as crowded as I had suspected. This was great for the experience, but would liked to have seen some serious fan support. I can’t help but to think Philly Dallas and Washington, even our neighboring Jets, would have had stronger showing. Giants football is back folks!

Jul 312011

New York Giants Officially Announce Roster Moves: The Giants officially announced the following signings yesterday:

  • OC/OG David Baas (unrestricted free agent from 49ers)
  • OC/OG Chris White (released by Seahawks yesterday)
  • OL Brant Clouser (rookie free agent from Villanova)
  • TE Christian Hopkins (played in UFL)
  • P Steve Weatherford (unrestricted free agent from Jets)

First Training Camp Practice Held Last Night: The Giants held their first training camp practice last night at the Timex Performance Center outside the New Meadowlands Stadium. For a listing of upcoming training camp practices, please see the link in our Training Camp section of the website.

With a number of signed/re-structured players not able to practice until August 4th because of the new CBA rules and unsigned unrestricted free agents, the starting offense and defense looked like this last night:

Offense: QB Eli Manning, HB D.J. Ware, FB Henry Hynoski, TE Travis Beckum, WRs Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham, RT Kareem McKenzie, RG Mitch Petrus, C Chris Snee, LG David Diehl, LT Will Beatty.

Defense: DEs Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul, DTs Chris Canty and Linval Joseph, LBs Jonathan Goff, Michael Boley and Clint Sintim, CBs Corey Webster and Terrell Thomas and Ss Kenny Phillips and Antrel Rolle.

Injury Report: OC Adam Koets (knee) did not practice. “Supposed to be ready when he got here,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “This was one today that hit me right over the head. It’s the patella tendon (tendonitis). It’s the same thing (tendonitis resulting from his ACL surgery).”

WR Ramses Barden (ankle) remains on the Active/Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List.

Amukamara Still Unsigned: Giants’ first-round draft pick CB Prince Amukamara was expected to be signed an on the practice field yesterday but was still a no-show. “I haven’t heard much today but he better get in here,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin

Umenyiora Ends Holdout: DE Osi Umenyiora ended his 1-day holdout yesterday. He did not practice, but is expected to practice today. The $30,000 per day fine that Umenyiora was vulnerable to probably encouraged him to come in sooner than later. However, Umenyiora would still like a new contract or be traded (or released) to a new team that will give him a larger contract. Umenyiora has two years and $7.1 million left on his current contract. According to Umenyiora’s agent, he is so angry with General Manager Jerry Reese that he will not speak to him.

Plaxico Burress Drama Continues: Unrestricted free agent WR Plaxico Burress met with the Pittsburgh Steelers yesterday. Rumors persist that he is very interested in signing with the Steelers, New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles.

“Plaxico and I did have a nice conversation,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin last night. “I was very happy that he came in and we visited. I told him that the conversation would be confidential and that will be my position on it…I did enjoy the conversation.”

When asked if he was still considering bringing Burress back to the Giants, Coughlin responded, “Possibly.”

For more on this situation, see Eli’s the Guy to Say Plaxi-Go or Plaxi-No by Ian O’Connor of ESPNNewYork.com.

NY Post Q&A With General Manager Jerry Reese: Serby’s Sunday Q&A with…Jerry Reese by Steve Serby of The New York Post

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Saturday Press Conference: The transcript and video of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin are available at Giants.com.

Player Media Q&As: The transcripts and video of yesterday’s media Q&A sessions with the following players are available at Giants.com:

Giants Give Away Tollefson’s, Blackburn’s, and Hagan’s Jersey Numbers: In what is possibly an indication that they will not be re-signed, the Giants have given away the jersey numbers for unrestricted free agents DE Dave Tollefson, LB Chase Blackburn, and WR Derek Hagan. Tollefson’s number (#71) was given to DE Justin Trattou and Blackburn’s number (#57) to LB Jacquian Williams. TE Jake Ballard’s jersey number was changed to #85 – Hagan’s number last season.

Article on the Giants’ Offensive Line: Beatty Ready to Play by Michael Eisen of Giants.com

Jul 292011

New York Giants and Plaxico Burress Meet: Unrestricted free agent WR Plaxico Burress met with Head Coach Tom Coughlin for about an hour and then met with General Manager Jerry Reese for 10-15 minutes and Team President John Mara for 10-15 minutes. Altogether, Burress spent about 90 minutes with team officials from 6:30 to 8:00PM.

However, ESPNNewYork.com is reporting that a source close to Burress says the receiver is interested in signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Pittsburgh Steelers and St. Louis Rams are also reported to be interested in his services. The New York Post is reporting that Burress is meeting with the Steelers this morning.

“It was great to talk to him,” Reese said. “It was a very private, personal conversation. It was a man-to-man conversation. We talked about some football. I am sure the head coach and him had a private conversation which is between them. It was a good visit.”

“I can say the conversations we had were positive and that’s what’s most important,” said Reese. “We’ll see where it goes…We’ll see what comes out of this. Again, we don’t bring people in for the fun of it. We bring people in to investigate into the possibility for the New York Giants. We think it’s probably a possibility and we’ll see where it goes.”

“We wouldn’t bring him in here just for the fun,” said Reese on a radio show before the meeting. “We don’t operate like that. We do our due diligence. We thought it was in our best interest to investigate things. He’s got a meeting with Tom tonight and we will see what comes out of that meeting and we will move forward from there. That meeting is probably the most important issue right now.”

“Tom and Plaxico, they’ll talk it out,” said Reese. “If it is a good conversation, if they think they can co-exist, then we will move forward with the process. But I can’t speak for Tom. They’ll talk man-to-man and we’ll see where it goes…(Burress) made a bad decision and has paid the price for it and I think he wants to make amends for it and get on with his life.”

“I’m looking forward to (our meeting),” said Coughlin yesterday afternoon. “I’ll be open minded about it. It’s an opportunity for us, in a confidential setting to sit down and really, what I feel is it will be Plaxico’s opportunity to speak. I’m going to listen and decipher and I’ll ask questions, but basically I would like to hear what he has to say.”

New York Giants Sign Punter Steve Weatherford: Although not officially announced, the Giants have reportedly signed unrestricted free agent punter Steve Weatherford (New York Jets).

New York Giants Re-Sign Bear Pascoe and Jamon Meredith: The Giants indicated in a press release yesterday that Exclusive Rights Free Agents TE/FB Bear Pascoe and OL Jamon Meredith have been re-signed.

New York Giants Release DT Rocky Bernard: The Giants officially cut DT Rocky Bernard yesterday. As reported earlier this week, the Giants and Bernard could not agree on a re-structured contract.

New York Giants Officially Sign Seven Draft Picks: The Giants have officially signed seven of their eight 2011 draft picks:

  • DT Marvin Austin (2nd round)
  • WR Jerrel Jernigan (3rd round)
  • OT James Brewer (4th round)
  • LB Greg Jones (6th round)
  • S Tyler Sash (6th round)
  • LB Jacquian Williams (6th round)
  • HB Da’Rel Scott (7th round)

General Manager Jerry Reese indicated that the Giants are close to signing CB Prince Amukamara (1st round). “I don’t expect to have any long holdout with it,” Reese said. “I think that there is just a little bit of language issues that we need to resolve, but I don’t anticipate a holdout.”

WR Ramses Barden Placed on PUP List: WR Ramses Barden was placed on the Active/Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List yesterday. Barden suffered a fractured ankle and ligament damage  in a game against Dallas last November and subsequently underwent surgery.

Osi Umenyiora’s a No-Show: As has been speculated, DE Osi Umenyiora, who is unhappy with his current contract that runs through the 2012 season, did not show up at training camp yesterday. The Giants officially placed him on the Reserve/Did-Not-Report List. Under the new CBA, the Giants can also fine Umenyiora $30,000 per day for missing camp.

Brandon Jacobs Contract Re-Structured: According to The Daily News, HB Brandon Jacobs agreed to a “small” contract restructuring. The Star-Ledger says that some of Jacobs’ 2011 base salary of $4.65 million was turned into incentives. If the incentives are reached, Jacobs will still earn the money he was originally due to make.

Looks Like Giants Have No Interest in Bringing Back Four Veteran Free Agents: The Giants assigned jersey numbers to the new players yesterday. Of note is the Giants gave away the jersey numbers for four of their current unrestricted free agents:

  • LB Keith Bulluck
  • LB Gerris Wilkinson
  • S Deon Grant
  • S Michael Johnson

General Manager Jerry Reese’s Friday Press Conference: The transcript of yesterday’s press conference with General Manager Jerry Reese is available at Giants.com.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Friday Press Conference: The transcript of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin is available at Giants.com.

Notes and Quotes: Because of the transition rules relating to the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), the following players cannot be on the practice field until August 4:

  • OC David Baas (signed from 49ers as unrestricted free agent)
  • P Steve Weatherford (signed from Jets as unrestricted free agent)
  • HB Brandon Jacobs (re-structured contract)
  • DE Mathias Kiwanuka (re-signed unrestricted free agent)
  • OG Kevin Boothe (re-signed unrestricted free agent)
  • TE/FB Bear Pascoe (re-signed exclusive rights free agent)
  • OL Jamon Meredith (re-signed exclusive rights free agent)

General Manager Jerry Reese on OC David Baas: “We like him. He is a big man and we like the versatility that he brings. He played center last year and he was a center and guard in college as well. He is a big, tough guy and very, very smart. A high test score guy so he fits everything we like at that position. He looks just like a New York Giant offensive lineman to us and we think he is going to bring a lot to the table. He will start out as the center for us.”

Reese on LB Mark Herzlich: “I think Herzlich is kind of like a joker. He can play any of the linebacker spots. He can play strong, he can play the middle, he can play the weak side, he can reach the passer. If he is at his form which was 2008 when he was a monster at that time, and we are hoping that we can catch lightening in a bottle and he can be that kind of player for us.”

OL David Diehl confirmed yesterday that he is moving to left guard: “They told me I was moved to left guard,” Diehl said. “Obviously with Rich gone and Shaun gone, they needed to move me to solidify and help with offensive line in the middle. I’ve always been a team guy. I’ve always been a guy up to a challenge. That’s one of the things I’ve always done…”If this is the best way for us to get back to the Super Bowl and win football games, I’ll do it. And I’ve always been that way.”

Jul 292011

Players Report to Training Camp Today: Football is officially back! Giants players will report to training camp today at the Timex Performance Center outside the New Meadowlands Stadium and practices begin tomorrow. The media will be granted access to General Manager Jerry Reese, Head Coach Tom Coughlin, and select players late in the afternoon.

Giants Agree to Terms with Mathias Kiwanuka: According to press reports, the Giants have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent DE/LB Mathias Kiwanuka. The contract is supposedly a 2-year, incentive-laden deal. Kiwanuka is coming off of a career-threatening neck injury.

Giants Officially Cut Five Veterans: The Giants officially announced yesterday that they have cut the following players:

  • OG/OC Rich Seubert
  • OC Shaun O’Hara
  • OT/OG Shawn Andrews
  • FB Madison Hedgecock
  • HB Tiki Barber (from reserve/retired list)

Press reports say DT Rocky Bernard will be released today. FB Madison Hedgecock revealed that he has been playing with degenerative disc disease in his back and may retire.

“Rich (Seubert) and Shaun (O’Hara) have been two great New York Giants,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “Both of them are good people, hard workers and have been warriors on game day.”

“I love those two guys,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin. “Both will go down in Giants history. They are two unique, highly competitive personalities who were superior in the locker room. Rich has the ability to stir it up, and Shaun has a great ability to counter Rich. They are great friends, but there have been times when they got going, that it nearly ended up in a fight. They are two men with unique and different abilities, but as an offensive line, you have to operate as one, and these two guys are the most competitive, tough and efficient players as I have ever had the honor and privilege to coach. They both will be missed around here.”

“We will miss those guys in the locker room and their personalities, because they brought a lot to the table,” said QB Eli Manning.

“Our lines…that’s been our core strengths the last couple years,” said DE Justin Tuck. “With the releasing of Rich and Shaun, we’ve got some holes to fill.”

“Those are some, on a personal note, some painful moves,” said Giants’ President and CEO John Mara. “Some of these guys, particularly Rich Seubert and Shaun O’Hara, have had a long history here and have been great players and great citizens for us. That was a very emotional day when we had to tell them that we were moving on. But that’s the nature of this business. We just felt like we needed to put some new bodies in there.”

Giants Officially Announce Signing 10 Rookie Free Agents: The Giants officially announced yesterday that they have signed the following 10 undrafted rookie free agents:

  • FB Henry Hynoski, Pittsburgh
  • OT Jarriel King, South Carolina
  • DE Justin Trattou, Florida
  • DE Craig Marshall, South Florida
  • DT Martin Parker, Richmond
  • DT Ibrahim Abdulai, Arkansas – Pine Bluff
  • LB Mark Herzlich, Boston College
  • LB Spencer Paysinger, Oregon
  • S Jerrard Tarrant, Georgia Tech
  • S David Sims, Iowa State

According to press reports, the Giants agreed to terms with undrafted rookie free agent FB/RB Keith Payne (Virginia). If true, this move has not officially been announced by the Giants. In addition, contrary to press reports, the Giants have not signed long snapper/TE Harry Flaherty (Princeton).

Giants Move Diehl to Left Guard: According to The Bergen Record, the Giants have told offensive lineman David Diehl that they are moving him from left tackle to left guard. Will Beatty is the likely new starter at left tackle.

The move will also save the Giants $750,000 against the cap. Escalator clauses in Diehl’s current contract give him $750,000 if he starts 15 or more games at left tackle.

Giants Interested in Bringing in a Veteran Punter: With the training camp roster expanded to 90 player, it easier for the Giants to bring in some veteran competition for second-year punter Matt Dodge, who was wildly inconsistent in 2010.

According to press reports, the Giants are currently in contract discussions with unrestricted free agent punter Brad Maynard (Chicago Bears). The 37-year old Maynard was originally drafted by the Giants in 1997 and played with the team through the 2000 season. The New York Post is also reporting that the Giants have been in contact with unrestricted free agent 43-year old punter Matt Turk (Houston Texans).

Giants Sign HB Da’Rel Scott: According to press reports, the Giants have signed HB Da’Rel Scott, their 7th round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Scott is the first of the Giants’ picks to reportedly sign.

Articles on Giants’ President/CEO John Mara:

Article on OG/OC Rich Seubert: Giants Offensive Lineman Rich Seubert Decides Against Retirement in Wake of His Release by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on OC Shaun O’Hara: Like Seubert, O’Hara Shocked by Release by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Article on FB Madison Hedgecock: Giants Release Madison Hedgecock, Possibly Ending His Career by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Jul 282011

New York Giants Agree to Terms With Center David Baas: According to press reports, the Giants have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent OC/OG David Baas (San Francisco 49ers).

Giants Agree to Terms with Another Rookie Free Agent: According to press reports, the Giants have agreed to terms with undrafted rookie free agent S Jerrard Tarrant (Georgia Tech).

Coughlin and Burress Can’t Meet Until Friday: The new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) forbids unrestricted free agent WR Plaxico Burress and Head Coach Tom Coughlin meeting until Friday at 6:00PM. ESPN is reporting that Coughlin and Burress will have dinner on Friday night. After that, he is scheduled to meet with the Pittsburgh Steelers. ESPN is also reporting that the Giants are offering Burress a 2-year, $10.5 million contract.

Giants To Release DT Rocky Bernard: According to press reports, the Giants and DT Rocky Bernard were unable to agree on a re-structured contract and Bernard will be released soon. Bernard was scheduled to make $2.95 million in salary in 2011.

Giants Extend Tom Coughlin’s Contract: The Giants announced yesterday that they have extended Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s contract by one season. Coughlin is now under contract through the 2012 season.

“As I was when I was hired in 2004, I am grateful for the opportunity,” said Coughlin. “To be the head coach of the New York Giants is the fulfillment of a dream for somebody who grew up where I grew up and when I grew up. As I have said roughly a thousand times, we’re all on one-year contracts in this business, but the reality is that I am thankful to work for people like the Maras and the Tisches and with people like (General Manager) Jerry Reese and his staff, as well as my coaching staff and our players.”

“As we said after the season, we strongly believe in Tom,” said Giants’ President and CEO John Mara. “We believe in the job he has done, and we believe in his ability to lead our team in the future. Everybody was on the same page in arriving at the extension.”

“Our players respond to and play hard for Tom,” said Giants’ Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch. “We look forward to being able to continue to benefit from Tom’s energy and drive and work ethic, all of which are second to none.”

“Nobody works harder than Tom at trying to make the team as good as it can be,” said Reese, “and nobody pushes himself and his staff harder than Tom to try to figure out the best way to win.”

Giants Officially Announce New Assistant Special Teams Coach: The Giants yesterday officially confirmed what had been reported in June – they have hired Larry Izzo as their new assistant special teams coach. Izzo replaces Thomas McGaughey, who left the Giants to become the special teams coordinator at LSU.

“This guy is a very intense, very serious, very focused young guy trying to make a transition from being an outstanding three-time Pro Bowler, 14-years-in-the-NFL career into the coaching profession” Coughlin said. “I think our players will relate very well to a guy like this. He has the ability to speak in very straightforward terms and also very colorfully. This game is a struggle. In the long run, many times it is who is tougher, who wants it more, who is willing to pay a greater price. This guy brings all of that stuff to the table.”

“This is not a rah, rah guy,” Coughlin said. “He is just, ‘Okay, we are going to do this, we are going to do it the right way and we are not going to waste time.’ This is an entry level job in the National Football League, special teams assistant coach, in an area where he has demonstrated expertise as a player but now must master all of the techniques and all of the strategy and all of the learning. He is very smart and very eager to do that. I think that this team, at this time right now… we have a veteran coach, we have a guy (Tom Quinn) that has been around long enough to know exactly what I want. Let’s get a breath of fresh air – let’s get somebody that it is new to him. Let it be new to a bunch of others, too, the way he approaches it. All you have to do is be the best you can possibly be every day.  And that is what I think he will bring to the table.”

“You want to surround yourself with good people, smart people, winners, people who know how to pay the price,” Coughlin said. “I think our players will benefit greatly from him.”

“I wanted to stay in football and I wanted to do it at a high level,” Izzo said. “I’m fortunate to be here. I know there are a lot of coaches that would love to be sitting in this chair. I’m excited that I’m here with an organization that has such a great history. It’s just a first-class organization all the way around.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to get into the business that I know – what I’ve been doing as a player for 14 years,” said Izzo. “It’s something that was a natural step for me to take. But I’m a rookie all over again as far as the coaching aspect. There’s a lot to this part of the game that is different than the things I experienced as a player. But there are also things I can take from my playing career and hopefully give our guys the best coaching, which they should expect.”

“Special teams is controlled chaos,” said Izzo. “But everybody has a role and a job to do on every play. Watching tape over the years, it’s the guys that consistently win one-on-one that always stood out. There are a handful of guys you can lump into that and say are great special teams players. They all have a similar makeup – tough, fearless and productive. That can be coached. That’s what the kicking game requires, people to play disciplined. You can have some of those qualities, but if you don’t take the coaching, it’s not going to help anybody.”

Article on Halfbacks Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs: Giants Try to Keep Ahmad Bradshaw, Restructure Brandon Jacobs’ Contract by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Article on DE Justin Tuck: Giants DE Justin Tuck Lobbies for Plaxico Burress, Osi Umenyiora by Zach Berman of The Star-Ledger

Article on DT Barry Cofield: Giants Didn’t Let Barry Cofield Leave Without a Fight, Agent Says by Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger

Jul 272011

New York Giants to Release Rich Seubert and Shaun O’Hara: According to various press reports, the Giants will release OG/OC Rich Seubert and OC Shaun O’Hara later this week.

The 32-year old Seubert is coming off of serious knee surgery from an injury he suffered in the regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins. Seubert was scheduled to make $2.25 million in salary in 2011.

The 34-year O’Hara is coming off of offseason surgeries to his left ankle and right foot. O’Hara was scheduled to make $3.45 million in salary in 2011.

Andrews Won’t Restructure and Likely Gone: According to various press reports, the Giants approached OT/OG Shawn Andrews about re-structuring his 6-year, $32.5 million contract without success. Andrews indicated yesterday by Twitter that he and the Giants were parting ways. Andrews was due to earn $7.5 million in 2011 with the Giants.

Giants Agree to Terms With Kevin Boothe: According to ESPN, the Giants have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent OG/OC Kevin Boothe. The contract is supposedly a 2-year deal.

Free Agent Rumblings – Coughlin to Meet With Plax: Former Giant and current unrestricted free agent WR Plaxico Burress will meet with Head Coach Tom Coughlin possibly as soon as today. Burress arrived in the NY/NJ area yesterday. However, under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), it is not clear if a meeting is allowed today or will have to wait until Friday.

“I really don’t know what I’m going to say,” Burress said. “I’m just going to go in there (today) and speak from the heart, be truthful with him and let him know how I feel. Whatever comes out is going to come out. I’m pretty sure there are things he wants to say, too.”

The Rams, Bears, and Texans are also reportedly interested in Burress. When asked if the Giants are the favorite to sign him, Burress replied, “I’m not sure. I do love New York. My fan base here has been great to me. But it’s not just about football; there are just a lot of things that go into it. But after this I’ll know a lot more. Without a doubt, without question.”

Meanwhile, according to CBSSports.com, the Giants are one of eight teams interested in unrestricted free agent WR/Returner Brad Smith (New York Jets).

ESPN is reporting that the Giants are working hard to re-sign unrestricted free agent HB Ahmad Bradshaw, who is also drawing interest from the Miami Dolphins.

Barry Cofield Agree to Terms with Redskins: According to various press reports, unrestricted free agent Barry Cofield has agreed to terms with the Washington Redskins. The contract is reportedly a 6-year, $36 million deal with $12 million in guaranteed money.

Giants Talking to Jacobs and Bernard About Re-Structured Contracts: According to press reports, the Giants have reached out to HB Brandon Jacobs and DT Rocky Bernard about re-structuring their contracts. No word yet on how amenable either players is to doing so. Jacobs is scheduled to earn $4.65 million in salary in 2011 while Bernard is scheduled to make $2.95 million in salary.

Osi Umenyiora May Hold Out: According to WFAN, DE Osi Umenyiora will holdout of training camp unless he is given a new contract. Umenyiora is currently signed through the 2012 season.

Undrafted Rookies Agree to Terms With Giants: According to various press reports, the Giants have agreed to terms with the following undrafted rookie free agents:

  • FB Henry Hynoski (Pittsburgh)
  • OL Jarriel King (South Carolina)
  • DE DE Justin Trattou (Florida)
  • DE Craig Marshall (South Florida)
  • DT Martin Parker (Richmond)
  • DT Ibrahim Abdulai (Arkansas – Pine Bluff)
  • LB Mark Herzlich (Boston College)
  • LB Spencer Paysinger (Oregon)
  • S David Sims (Iowa State)
  • TE/Long Snapper Harry Flaherty (Princeton)

We have added scouting reports on these players in the 2011 NFL Draft Review and Rookie Free Agent Signings section of the website.

Giants Training Camp Schedule Released: The Giants have released their training camp schedule. For details, check out the Training Camp section of the website.

Practice sessions will be open to the public throughout training camp (July 30 – August 20). Limited seating will be provided alongside the practice fields. PLEASE NOTE: In the event of inclement weather (including rain, thunderstorms and extreme heat), practices will be moved indoors and will be closed to the public.

Jul 262011

NFL Timeline: With the lockout over, in what is shaping up to be a very hectic week, the following is a timeline for teams:

  • Today: Training camp roster expands to 90 players. Teams can begin to sign draft picks and undrafted rookie free agents. Starting at 10:00AM, teams can negotiate (but not officially sign) their own veteran free agents and veteran free agents from other teams. Trading period begins.
  • Friday: Players report to Giants’ training camp at the Timex Performance Center outside of the New Meadowlands Stadium. Starting at 6:00PM, teams can officially sign veteran free agents.  (However, these players will not be able to workout or practice until August 4).

For even more upcoming important dates, check out our Important Dates section of the website.

Check out the Football is Back video from Giants.com.

New York Giants Free Agent Rumors – Burress Still a Possibility: According to The New York Post, the Giants have not completely ruled out re-signing unrestricted free agent WR Plaxico Burress. The paper says Head Coach Tom Coughlin is willing to sit down with Burress to discuss his future. “I think that’s certainly something we’re going to talk about and have talked about,” said Giants’ President and CEO John Mara. “Where that goes, I don’t know.”

According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, unrestricted free agent linebacker Stephen Nichols (Atlanta Falcons) will sign with the Giants. However, The Star-Ledger is reporting that Nichols to New York is not a done deal and merely only a possibility.

Former Giants’ linebacker Kawika Mitchell (New Orleans Saints) said yesterday he would be interested in returning to the Giants.

On the unrestricted rookie free agent front, the Giants have supposedly agreed to terms with OL Jarriel King (South Carolina). There was a report last night that FB Henry Hynoski (Pittsburgh) agreed to terms with the Giants, but The Star-Ledger is reporting that he has not made up his mind yet. There was another report that DE Pierre Allen (Nebraska) agreed to terms with the Giants, but he apparently is signing with the Seahawks.

Articles on the New York Giants and Free Agency:

Jul 252011

NFL Lockout Ends and the Giants Need to Get Back to Business: According to The NFL Network, the owners and players agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement a few hours ago.  Supposedly, team facilities will open to players on Tuesday and training camps for teams will open Thursday-Sunday. Free agency for both veterans and undrafted players will also likely begin this week. Stay tuned for a busy, busy week!

Article on the Giants and Free Agency:

Jul 242011

Article on the Giants and the End of the NFL Lockout: Laundry List of Tasks Awaits Giants After Lockout by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

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Article on Defensive End Osi Umenyiora: Mara to Osi: Clear the Air with Reese by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com