MMQB: The Owners’ Meetings
New York Giants Awarded 5th Round Compensatory Pick in 2014 NFL Draft: The New York Giants have been awarded a 5th round compensatory pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. The additional pick in the 5th round will be the 174th overall selection.
“I’m excited about this fifth-round comp pick we got. That’s huge,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “We thought we’d get a seventh. It’s a complicated formula. I’m not sure all the math but we’re happy about it. That’s awesome. That is the best thing that happened today in all these long meetings. It was worth the wait. It was worth the wait.”
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. According to an NFL press release, the players who factored into the equation were:
- Free Agent Losses: TE Martellus Bennett, DE Osi Umenyiora, LB Chase Blackburn, and WR Domenick Hixon
- Free Agent Signings: PK Josh Brown, TE Brandon Myers, and S Ryan Mundy
The Giants have all of their own picks in the upcoming draft except for their 7th rounder, which they traded to the Carolina Panthers for Jon Beason last season. The Giants now have seven picks once again.
For a listing of previous compensatory picks awarded to the Giants from 1995 to 2013, see this article at Giants.com.
John Mara Talks More About Offseason Moves: For the second day in a row, New York Giants President and CEO John Mara talked to the press about his team’s offseason moves.
“We think we improved our team,” Mara said on SiriusXM Radio. “We obviously had a lot of holes to fill. On paper we look a little better right now. We still have some more holes we need to fill. We’ve got to have a good draft. Hopefully we’ll be a better team next year.”
Mara was asked why the Giants were more aggressive in free agency this offseason.
“There were really a couple of things,” Mara said. “One is we went into this offseason in the best cap situation we’ve ever been in , with the most room we’ve ever had. And we had a lot of holes we had to fill. There were players out there we thought could help us, so we were a little more aggressive this year than we had been in the past.”
“We’re still in pretty decent cap situation, but I think we’re just about done in terms of free agency,” said Mara. “But we’ll see what happens. If the right player presents himself, you never know.”
New York Giants Deny Serious Interest in QB Mark Sanchez: NFL.com reported on Monday that the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants were both interested in quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was released by the New York Jets last week. However, according to NJ.com, a source said the Giants have “no real interest” in Sanchez.
“We investigate everything,” said General Manager Jerry Reese. “Never say never…I haven’t really studied (Sanchez) since he was a college player. It’s not fair for me to evaluate someone I haven’t studied, or give an opinion on him. I really can’t make a comment on that.”
The Giants current have three quarterbacks on under contract: Eli Manning, Curtis Painter, and last year’s 4th round selection Ryan Nassib.
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