Feb 282013

New York Giants Re-Sign Will Beatty: The Giants have re-signed LT Will Beatty to a 5-year, $38.75 million contract that includes $19 million in guaranteed money and a $12.5 million signing bonus. Beatty was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 12.

“It’s good to be home,” Beatty said. “It’s a great feeling. You could be going through free agency, but when that happens a lot of stuff is going through your mind. That feeling is no longer there. You’re settled in with a great team, a team I love playing for. I know the coaching staff. I’m looking forward to getting back in it and moving forward.

“I’m glad I don’t have any of those free agency jitters to deal with. It’s settled, we’re done and we’re moving on. The contract is behind you – you just have to make sure you’re out there on the field and being a leader out there.”

“We are very pleased to get a new deal done with Will,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “We believe he is one of the ascending left tackles in the NFL.”

“I thought I improved last year, playing the entire season,” Beatty said. “I want to get back on the field and keep ascending, keep rising. The sky’s the limit for me. I know there is still a lot more out there. I haven’t tapped into all of my potential yet. I’m looking forward to performing and growing each year.

“If it’s a money issue, that temptation (to hit the free agent market) would come in. But having this be my home team, I really didn’t want to go into free agency. This is the team that wanted me from college. This is the team that gave me my first chance. This team went to the Super Bowl. I saw so many great moments with this team and there are still so many more to come.”

Giants.com Q&A With OG Kevin Boothe: The video of a Q&A session with OG Kevin Boothe is available at Giants.com.

OT David Diehl on ESPN Radio: The audio of yesterday’s ESPN Radio interview with OT David Diehl is available at ESPN.com.

Feb 272013

David Diehl Had Arthroscopic Knee Surgery After Season: According to Newsday, OT David Diehl had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee after the 2012 season ended. The Star-Ledger is reporting that Diehl will be ready for the start of offseason workouts on April 15.

NFL Network Interview with HC Tom Coughlin at Combine: The video of the NFL Network’s interview with Head Coach Tom Coughlin at the Combine is available at Giants.com.

Cornerbacks Coach Peter Giunta at the Combine: The video of Giants’ Cornerbacks Coach Peter Giunta addressing the defensive backs at the Combine is available at Giants.com.

Article on OT David Diehl: Will Giants’ David Diehl Be the Next to Go? by Tom Rock of Newsday

Feb 262013

Mathias Kiwanuka Re-Structures Contract: According to The Star-Ledger, DE/OLB Mathias Kiwanuka has agreed to a contract re-structuring only one year after he signed a new three-year deal. Kiwanuka does not lose any money but $1.5 million of his 2013 base salary will now be converted to a signing bonus. This will lower his overall cap value in 2013 by $1 million to $4.125 million. The move will increase his cap value in 2014 and 2015 however.

The New York Post is reporting that the Giants are believed to be about $6 million under the 2013 salary cap.

Article on WR Victor Cruz: Cruz Contract Blues Continue by Ralph Vacchiano of The Daily News

Feb 232013

Tom Coughlin Addresses the Media at the NFL Combine: The transcript and video of yesterday’s press conference with Head Coach Tom Coughlin at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis are available at Giants.com.

Injury Updates: Head Coach Tom Coughlin provided injury updates regarding the following players yesterday:

  • WR Hakeem Nicks (knee): “Good, saw him the other day. Eyes are big and bright again…I think he had a scope just to look it over.”
  • OC David Baas (unknown): “Baas has had a little surgery, yeah…On his body.”
  • OG Chris Snee (hip): “I don’t know if there’s a timetable (for his return after this week’s hip surgery). He’s in competition with some other guys telling them, ‘I’m going to get back faster than you are.’ He’ll be back as fast as he can. I don’t know if he’ll do a whole lot in the spring.”

According to The Star-Ledger, a source told the paper that Baas had “multiple procedures.” According to The Daily News, a source told the paper that Snee’s surgery was a “simple clean-up” of his partially torn labrum and bone spurs. The source said Snee is expected to be ready by the start of training camp.

Giants Supposedly Have Interest in Re-Signing Barden, But Will Let Him Test the Market: The agent for unrestricted free agent WR Ramses Barden told The New York Post that the Giants have an interest in re-signing the seldom-used player, but will allow him to first test his value on the open market. It appears the Giants do not want to make a significant financial commitment to Barden who in four seasons has only caught 29 passes for 394 yards and no touchdowns.

“We have spoken and they do have interest in re-signing him,’’ said Barden’s agent. “We agreed that he’ll test the market and see how it unfolds.”

Article on Head Coach Tom Coughlin: Coughlin Shows His Warm, Cuddly Side by Jonathan Clegg of The Wall Street Journal

Feb 222013

John Mara Weighs In: Giants’ President/CEO John Mara talked to The Star-Ledger yesterday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Some key points:

  • Mara on unrestricted free agent LT Will Beatty: “Oh definitely. We want him back. I guess we could, if we wanted to, use the (franchise) tag on him, but I don’t know that I see that happening…He’s a good player. We think he’s an ascending player, and he’s somebody we’d like to have on our team.”
  • Mara on earlier ESPN report that extending WR Hakeem Nicks was a greater priority for the Giants than re-signing restricted free agent WR Victor Cruz: “They’re both priorities for us. They’re both terrific players. We hope they’re both Giants for a long time…I don’t know where (the ESPN report) came from; that’s not true at all. They’re both priorities for us…Nothing has changed. (Cruz will) hopefully be back with us next year, and hopefully at some point, we’ll have an agreement with him.”
  • Mara also reiterated that he thinks Head Coach Tom Coughlin will not be retiring after the upcoming season. “I have no reason to think (he won’t finish his current contract that runs through 2014). He hasn’t given me any indication otherwise. This is what he does. I think he’s got too much fire left to retire at this point, but you’ll have to ask him that…I just don’t see him retiring very quickly. I think he’s still got a lot of energy left in him, and he still wants to win as much as anybody, so hopefully he’ll continue coaching for a number of years. But that ultimately is going to be up to him.”

Chris Snee Undergoes Hip Surgery: According to press reports, as expected, OG Chris Snee underwent surgery on his hip earlier this week. Snee suffered from a torn hip labrum and hip bone spurs during the 2012 season. The 31-year old Snee says he is not ready to retire. “I sat down with my wife after this year and decided if I wanted to do it again,” said Snee. “It’s a grind. There’s a lot that goes into it mentally and physically, but I couldn’t see myself walking away just yet.”

Feb 212013

February 21, 2013 New York Giants Free Agent News and Rumors: Free agency begins on March 12. The following are some rumblings on the free agent front with respect to the Giants:

  • 33-year old DE Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts, an unrestricted free agent, has expressed interest in playing for the Giants. “I grew up a Giants fan, actually,” said Freeney. “All my life. So that would be a dream.”
  • The New York Post is reporting that unrestricted free agent WR Domenik Hixon would like to re-sign with the Giants and his agent will speak with the Giants this weekend at the NFL Combine.
  • The agent for unrestricted free agent LB Keith Rivers told The Post, “There will be discussions with the Giants about Keith returning.”
Feb 202013

New York Giants Unlikely to Use Franchise Tag: Giants’ President/CEO John Mara said yesterday that the Giants will not likely protect a free agent with the Franchise Tag this offseason. Teams around the NFL have until March 4 to make a decision on whether or not to use the tag this offseason.

The Giants have used the Franchise Tag twice in recent years, including on HB Brandon Jacobs in 2009 and on P Steve Weatherford in 2012. The only other time the team has used it was in 1993 with LT Jumbo Elliott.

The most likely possibility for the Franchise Tag is soon-to-be unrestricted free agent LT Will Beatty. According to The Daily News, Beatty is the Giants’ number one free agent re-signing priority. But the Franchise Tag on a left tackle would tie up almost $10 million against the 2013 salary cap. Other possible but unlikely candidates include S Kenny Phillips, TE Martellus Bennett, and PK Lawrence Tynes.

John Mara Doesn’t Think Tom Coughlin is Close to Retirement: Giants’ President/CEO John Mara was asked yesterday when Head Coach Tom Coughlin might retire.

“No, I haven’t had that discussion with him yet,” said Mara. “I don’t see him going to Florida to play shuffleboard any time soon. I think he’s still got a lot of fire left in him and he’s still a great coach. Hopefully he’s going to be around for many more years.”

New York Giants Hire New Defensive Quality Control Coach: Though not officially announced, according to press reports, the Giants have hired Robbie Leonard (NC State) as the team’s new defensive quality control. In January, the Carolina Panthers hired Giants’ Defensive Quality Control Coach Al Holcomb as their new linebackers coach.

Giants.com Q&A With OT James Brewer: The video of a Q&A session with OT James Brewer is available at Giants.com.

NFL Network Interview With CB Terrell Thomas: The video of yesterday’s NFL Network interview with CB Terrell Thomas is available at Giants.com.

Article on HB Andre Brown: Brown Confident He Can Fill Bradshaw’s Shoes by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on LB Chase Blackburn: Giants Aim to Re-Sign LB by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Articles on CB Terrell Thomas:

Article on the Giants’ Special Teams: Positional Analysis: Special Teams by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com

Feb 142013

New York Giants Sign Kicker David Buehler: The Giants announced yesterday that they have signed street free agent PK David Buehler. Buehler has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys (2009-2011), principally as a kickoff specialist though he did also handle field goals in 2010. The Cowboys waived him in March 2012.

PK Lawrence Tynes will soon be an unrestricted free agent. The Giants also signed PK/P Jake Rogers earlier this offseason.

More Details on CB Terrell Thomas’ New Deal: According to press reports, CB Terrell Thomas’ new 1-year contract includes $630,000 in base salary, a $35,000 signing bonus, a $35,000 workout bonus, and $500,000 in playing-time incentives. If Thomas ends up on Injured Reserve again, his salary will be reduced to $358,000.

Giants.com Q&A With HB David Wilson: The following three-part video interview with HB David Wilson is available at Giants.com:

P Steve Weatherford on WFAN: The audio of yesterday’s WFAN interview with P Steve Weatherford is available at CBSNewYork.com.

Defensive Positional Analyses: The following defensive positional analyses were written by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com:

Article on DE Justin Tuck: Justin Tuck ‘a Little Bit’ Surprised by Giants Cuts but Trusts in GM Jerry Reese by Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger

Article on CB Terrell Thomas: Panthers’ Thomas Davis Inspires Giants’ Terrell Thomas in Comeback from Third ACL Surgery by Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger

Feb 122013

Terrell Thomas Signs New 1-Year Deal With New York Giants: Last offseason, CB Terrell Thomas signed a 4-year, $28.4 million contract before becoming an unrestricted free agent despite tearing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in his right knee in August 2011 and missing the entire season. Unfortunately Thomas re-tore the ACL in July last year during training camp and was lost for the 2012 season as well. With Thomas due a $6 million option bonus in March, it was unlikely the Giants were going to keep Thomas under his current contract given this was the third ACL tear in his right knee (the first coming in college in 2005).

Thomas and the Giants have officially agreed to a new 1-year deal. Further details of the new contract are not currently available.

“I’m blessed and happy to have another opportunity to play football, especially with such a loyal organization, the one I started my career with,” Thomas said. “For them to give me another opportunity to prove myself, I feel very blessed.”

Thomas underwent his third ACL surgery last September.

“My knee feels great,” Thomas said. “It was a little struggle at first. It was a little inconsistent with the swelling. But for the last month-and-a half I haven’t dealt with any swelling at all. It’s progressed the last two weeks since I started running. The doctors are really happy with the way I’m progressing. They had to increase my workload because it wasn’t enough.”

“I can’t speak on that right now,” Thomas replied Thomas when asked if he would be thinking about his injured knee when he returns to the practice field. “But I imagine I will be a little hesitant at first. But that’s what practice is for. Hopefully, they’ll give me enough opportunities to get out there and practice and get my knee in shape to feel confidence and trust in it. Last year, I definitely felt confident in my knee. What happened, I couldn’t tell you to this day. It just wasn’t meant to be. But I definitely did everything possible to get ready and that’s my game plan again. I can’t worry about what I can’t do. All I can worry about is what I can do right now, and that’s rehab. And that’s what I plan on focusing on.”

“It’s been a long two years,” Thomas said. “It’s definitely been a test of my will. But it’s made me a stronger person. It showed me a lot of things about myself that I needed to fix and at the same time it showed me how strong I was. It’s been a tough time for me and my family and especially beating myself up. But God has seen me through. What doesn’t kill you will make you stronger. I believe there’s a bigger plan for me. I’m hoping He will show me and I’m riding it out right now.

“I’m on a real high right now. Since I moved to Pensacola to train I’ve been a whole lot better mentally and physically. I’m real happy right now re-signing with the Giants and getting a chance to be with my teammates and get another opportunity to play football again. It’s been two years – it’s been a very long time. I’m excited to get ready for offseason training to be with the guys in the film room, the meetings – all that stuff I missed.”

General Manager Jerry Reese mentioned earlier in the offseason that Thomas might move to safety.

“Obviously, my physical play translates into being a safety,” Thomas said. “I just got done talking to Jerry, Coach (Tom) Coughlin, and (Defensive Coordinator Perry) Fewell and all of them said, ‘We envision you coming back to play corner. If you can play corner, that’s great. But if not, maybe there’s a nickel safety role. Either way, we just want you on the field.’ Whatever my leg allows me to do, whatever the coach sees fit is better for the team, that’s what I’ll be doing. I’ll be ready, regardless.”

Offensive Positional Analyses: The following offensive positional analyses were written by Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com:

Article on DT Markus Kuhn: Markus Kuhn Aims for Strong 2013 Return by Dan Salomone of Giants.com

Article on Former Giants Head Coach Bill Parcells: Inside Vote That Made Tuna a Hall of a Coach by Gary Myers of The Daily News