Mar 192014
 
 March 19, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Charles Brown, New Orleans Saints (September 8, 2013)

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Charles Brown to Visit the New York Giants: According to ESPN, unrestricted free agent offensive tackle Charles Brown (New Orleans Saints) is scheduled to visit the New York Giants.

Brown was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Saints. He has experience playing both right and left tackle. He started 14 games at left tackle for New Orleans until benched late in the season.

Louis Murphy Now Drawing Interest from Bengals: After wrapping a 2-day visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, unrestricted free agent wide receiver Louis Murphy (New York Giants) will meet with the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday.

Articles on the New York Giants and 2014 NFL Free Agency:

Article on OG Geoff Schwartz: Geoff Schwartz Shares His Firsthand View of the NFL Free-Agency Process by Geoff Schwartz for The BleacherReport.com

Articles on the New York Giants Secondary:

Article on FB Henry Hynoski: Hyno pleased to remain a Giant by Chuck Souders of NewsItem.com

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Mar 182014
 
 March 18, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers (August 18, 2012)

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Mario Manningham Signing Official: The New York Giants have officially confirmed that they have signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Mario Manningham (San Francisco 49ers). Manningham reportedly signed a 1-year contract.

Manningham was originally drafted by the Giants in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft. After four seasons (2008-11) and a Super Bowl ring, he left the Giants in free agency for the 49ers in 2012.

“I’m happy to be back,” Manningham said. “I’m real excited. It’s just great to see everybody, be around familiar faces, knowing everybody in the past and just being comfortable around everybody. Once a Giant, always a Giant. That’s how I feel. This is a very special place. I wanted to come back.”

Manningham tore both the ACL and PCL in his left knee in December 2012. He was activated off of the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List in November 2013 and played in six regular-season games for the 49ers, catching only nine passes for 85 yards, before he was placed on Injured Reserve again.

“It was frustrating, but it was a learning experience also,” Manningham said. “When I got back I couldn’t do what I wanted to, I knew I needed a little bit more time. It’s coming along and I just have to work on getting stronger and getting my strength back and trusting it more. I’m doing good; it’s getting stronger.”

“If you’re an athlete, you have a chip on your shoulder already, so you’re like, ‘I’m coming back strong this year,’’ Manningham said. “I do believe it. I had a couple people who tore their ACL a couple times who said, ‘Man, you’re not going to get it back that following year, you’re going to get it back the year after that.’ I’m just trying to do what I can do to make a strong impact and win games.”

“(Eli Manning and I) get back out there and see how it goes,” Manningham said. “We haven’t been together in two years, so you can’t do anything but get better.”

“I wanted to come back,” Manningham said. “I’m comfortable around the staff members. There are some different staff members and different players. I just want to get to know them. We’re all in here for one reason and that’s to win. That’s all that matters. I just want come in and do what I’ve got to do to help us win.”

Terrell Thomas Visits Carolina Panthers: According to FOXSports, unrestricted free agent cornerback Terrell Thomas (New York Giants) is meeting with the Carolina Panthers.

Giants.com Interviews: Videos from Tuesday’s Giants.com interviews with the following players are available at Giants.com:

  • WR/Returner Trindon Holliday (Video)
  • WR Mario Manningham (Video)
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Mar 182014
 
 March 18, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers (November 25, 2012)

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New York Giants Sign Mario Manningham: According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent (UFA) wide receiver Mario Manningham (San Francisco 49ers). Manningham was originally drafted by the Giants in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft and played four seasons (2008-11) with the Giants before spending the past two years with the 49ers.

Because of this move, we have updated the New York Giants Free Agent Signings (with scouting report), New York Giants 2014 Free Agency Scorecard, and Roster sections of the website.

Trindon Holliday Signing Official: The New York Giants have officially confirmed that they have signed unrestricted free agent (UFA) wide receiver/returner Trindon Holliday (Denver Broncos). The contract is reportedly a 1-year, $700,000 deal that includes a $100,000 signing bonus and a $30,000 workout bonus.

“It’s great to get an opportunity to come out and be part of another team,” Holliday said. “I’m signed to do a job and that’s come in and help this team out on special teams as best as possible. I’ll be ready to report. The team’s going in the right direction. The Giants are trying to get back to their winning ways. This offseason has had some good things and I look forward to the rest.”

The 5’5”, 170-pound Holliday is one of the most dynamic kickoff and punt returners in the NFL, having returned three punts and three kickoffs for touchdowns the last two seasons.

“Sometimes, I think my size is an advantage,” Holliday said. “I can field the kicks and hide behind those big linemen when the other guys are coming down. It’s hard for them to see me.”

“(The Giants) told me they expect me to do both (punts and kickoffs),” Holliday said. “I’m going to work my way in and earn the respect from the coaches and the trust that I can get back there and do those things.”

However, Holliday has an issue with ball security, having fumbled 11 times in his career on returns in regular-season games.

“(Tom Coughlin and I) had the discussions already,” Holliday said. “He said him and me were going to get real acquainted with ball security. I don’t have a problem with that. I’ve have had some miscues of handling the ball, but it’s not going to take much for me to fix that.”

Without Pay Cut, Mathias Kiwanunka May Have Been Released:The New York Daily News is reporting that an unidentified source told the paper that if defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka did not accept a pay cut, he would have been have been released. As previously reported, Kiwanuka accepted having his 2014 base salary reduced from $4.375 million to $1.5 million. He also now has a $700,000 roster bonus and could earn another $125,000 in incentives.

More Contract Details on Newly-Signed Cornerbacks: According to RavensInsider, the contract figures on cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie:

  • CB Walter Thurmond: 1-year, $3 million including a $1 million bonus. $1 million of $1.975 million salary guaranteed, up to $500,000 playing-time incentives
  • CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: 5-years, $35 million including $13.98 million guaranteed and $10 million signing bonus. Due $1 million roster bonus on fifth day of 2015 league year.

Louis Murphy Visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers: According to ProFootballTalk, unrestricted free agent wide receiver Louis Murphy (New York Giants) is visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today.

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Mar 172014
 
 March 17, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Trindon Holliday, Denver Broncos (January 12, 2014)

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New York Giants Sign Trindon Holliday: According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent (UFA) wide receiver/returner Trindon Holliday (Denver Broncos) to a 1-year contract. The diminutive Holliday has proven to be one of the most dangerous punt and kickoff returners in the NFL, but he also has had serious fumbling issues as a returner.

Because of this move, we have updated the New York Giants Free Agent Signings (with scouting report), New York Giants 2014 Free Agency Scorecard, and Roster sections of the website.

Kevin Boothe Signs with Oakland Raiders: Unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Kevin Boothe (New York Giants) has signed a 2-year deal with the Oakland Raiders. Because of this move, we have updated the New York Giants Free Agent Losses (with scouting report), New York Giants 2014 Free Agency Scorecard, and Roster sections of the website.

More Details on Mathias Kiwanuka’s Pay Cut (or Re-Structure?): USA Today is reporting that in addition to the pay cut defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka has accepted, he will receive a new $700,000 roster bonus and possibly another $125,000 in incentives. Kiwnauka’s 2014 base salary was reduced from $4.375 million to $1.5 million.

Giants.com Interview with CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC): The video of today’s Giants.com interview with cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is available at Giants.com.

New York Giants Safety Antrel Rolle on ESPN Radio: The audio of today’s ESPN Radio interview with safety Antrel Rolle is available at ESPN.com.

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Mar 172014
 
 March 17, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver Broncos (November 17, 2013)

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New York Giants Officially Sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: The New York Giants have officially confirmed that they have signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Denver Broncos).

Rodgers-Cromartie now joins fellow newcomers in the secondary cornerback Walter Thurmond (Seattle Seahawks) and safety Quintin Demps (Kansas City Chiefs).

“The main thing, bringing in guys from Kansas City, Seattle, you can see what they’re doing, trying to bring guys that are going to come in and lead by example,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “That’s always a plus.”

Rodgers-Cromarties played with three other teams in six seasons: Arizona Cardinals (2008-10), Philadelphia Eagles (2011-12), and Broncos (2013).

“I was with (Antrel Rolle) for two years in Arizona,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “He brought me in, took me under his wing and took care of me. So to be reunited with him is just a blessing. I know the things that he’s done in his career and the man he’s become. That’s going to be a help for me. I’m glad to be here. Especially with Antrel and talking with the defensive coaches and the staff and even coach Tom (Coughlin), just talking with them, it’s going to be good.”

Five of Rodgers-Cromartie’s 19 regular-season interceptions have been returned for touchdowns.

“It’s that knack (to score off an interception),” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “When I have the ball in my hands, I’m obviously looking to score. Any time I get my hands on the ball, that’s definitely what you play this game for, to get your hands on the ball and make things happen.”

Rodgers-Cromartie played in the NFC East for two years with the Eagles.  “In every division you have your teams that hate each other, but I could tell you it’s nothing like how New York and Philly and Dallas and Washington are,” said Rodgers-Cromartie. “This is definitely a tough division to play in. You have to be ready.”

“I definitely believe this is a championship team,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “Starting with Eli, a great quarterback, a guy that you know can get it done. He’s done it, proven it before. They’re bringing in a lot of pieces, so I definitely think it’s going in the right direction. I haven’t really found anywhere to just call home for real. So if I can just settle down and find a place to be home, I know my best football is ahead of me.”

Mathias Kiwanuka Accepts a Pay Cut: According to NFL Player Association records, defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka’s 2014 base salary has been reduced from $4.375 million to $1.5 million. The New York Daily News is reporting that Kiwanuka accepted a pay cut and this is not a re-structure. For a listing of all New York Giant salaries, see the New York Giants Player Salaries section of the website.

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Mar 172014
 
 March 17, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver Broncos (December 22, 2013)

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New York Giants Sign Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent (UFA) cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Denver Broncos). ESPN is reporting that the contract is 5-year, $39 million deal that includes $15 million in guaranteed money. The NFL Network reports that it is a 5-year $39-million contract with $14 million guaranteed, including a $10 million signing bonus and $16 million over two years.

Rodgers-Cromartie is regarded as one of the most physically-talented cornerbacks in the NFL. The Giants have really strengthened their secondary in free agency this offseason by re-signing unrestricted free agents safety Stevie Brown and cornerback Trumaine McBride, and signing unrestricted free agents cornerback Walter Thurmond (Seattle Seahawks) and safety Quintin Demps (Kansas City Chiefs).

Because of this move, we have updated the New York Giants Free Agent Signings (with scouting report), New York Giants 2014 Free Agency Scorecard, and Roster sections of the website.

New York Giants Re-Sign Spencer Paysinger: According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants have re-signed restricted free agent (RFA) linebacker Spencer Paysinger. Paysinger signed his 1-year, $1.431 million tender.

Because of this move, we have updated the New York Giants Free Agent Signings (with scouting report), New York Giants 2014 Free Agency Scorecard, and Roster sections of the website.

Anthony Spencer Visits New York Giants, But Leaves Without Contract: According to The New York Daily News, unrestricted free agent defensive end/linebacker Anthony Spencer met with the New York Giants on Monday but left without a contract.

Kevin Boothe Visiting the Oakland Raiders: FOXSports is reporting that unrestricted free agent offensive guard Kevin Boothe (New York Giants) is visiting the Oakland Raiders today.

NFL Network Interview with LB Jameel McClain: The video of today’s NFL Network interview with linebacker Jameel McClain is available at Giants.com.

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Mar 162014
 
 March 16, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver Broncos (January 19, 2014)

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Will Meet Giants Again on Monday and Take Physical: According to The NFL Network and ESPN, unrestricted free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Denver Broncos) will meet with the New York Giants again on Monday after spending time with the team on Sunday. ESPN is also reporting that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (DRC) will undergo a physical for the Giants on Monday.

Rodgers-Cromartie met with the New York Jets on Saturday. The Cleveland Browns are also reported to be interested.

Rodgers-Cromartie is regarded as one of the most physically-talented cornerbacks on the free agent market. The Giants have already strengthened their secondary by re-signing unrestricted free agents safety Stevie Brown and cornerback Trumaine McBride, as well as adding unrestricted free agents cornerback Walter Thurmond (Seattle Seahawks) and safety Quintin Demps (Kansas City Chiefs) this weekend. Unrestricted free agent safety Ryan Mundy did depart for the Chicago Bears and unrestricted free agent cornerback Terrell Thomas is now expected to move on with the signing of Thurmond.

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Mar 162014
 
 March 16, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Mario Manningham, San Francisco 49ers (November 17, 2013)

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Mario Manningham to Visit New York Giants on Monday: According to ESPN and The New York Post, unrestricted free agent wide receiver Mario Manningham (San Francisco 49ers) will visit the New York Giants on Monday. Manningham was originally drafted by the Giants in the 3rd round of the 2008 NFL Draft. In four regular seasons with the Giants, Manningham caught 160 passes for 2,315 yards and 18 touchdowns. Although 2010 was his best season statistically, Manningham is best remembered for his deep sideline catch on the game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLVI.

Manningham signed with the San Francisco 49ers as an unrestricted free agent in March 2012. He tore the ACL and PCL in his left knee in December 2012. Manningham started 2013 on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List until the 49ers activated him off of the PUP in November 2013. In six regular-season games last year, Manningham only caught nine passes for 85 yards before he was placed on Injured Reserve for the second season in a row.

Quintin Demps on Joining the Giants: Following up on today’s early story where the New York Giants officially confirmed the signing of unrestricted free agent safety/returner Quintin Demps (Kansas City Chiefs), Demps has now spoken about joining his new team.

“The Giants welcomed me with open arms,” Demps said. “I’m 28 years old now, and I’m ready to win a championship. This is a perfect fit for me and I’m excited about it.”

Demps averaged over 30 yards per kickoff return in 2013.

“I’m a fan of the game and I’m pretty sure we all know they could use some help in that area,” Demps said. “That’s kind of why they signed me. I’m here to do my part, play my role and hopefully help them win a championship.”

Demps was asked about joining the Giants’ secondary. “I’ve watched them and it’s definitely a strong group,” Demps said. “I’m looking forward to growing and working with those guys.”

Demps said 2013 was his best NFL season thus far in his six-year career. “Without a shadow of a doubt,” Demps said. “It was the first year since my year playing all 16 games, and the scheme the Chiefs ran fit my strengths. I just think I had a good year and I’m ready to capitalize on that. My confidence is back up. I think I’m hitting my stride. I’m excited and I think the best is yet to come for me.”

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Mar 162014
 
 March 16, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Anthony Spencer, Dallas Cowboys (November 18, 2012)

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Anthony Spencer and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Visiting the New York Giants: According to multiple press reports, unrestricted free agent defensive end/linebacker Anthony Spencer (Dallas Cowboys) will arrive in New Jersey on Sunday night and meet with the New York Giants on Monday. Spencer had his best season in 2012 as a 3-4 outside linebacker, accruing 95 tackles, 11 sacks, and 14 tackles for a loss. But he missed almost all of 2013 with a knee injury that required microfracture surgery.

And as previously reported, unrestricted free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Denver Broncos) is visiting the Giants today.

Walter Thurmond and Quintin Demps Signings Official: The New York Giants have officially confirmed that they have signed unrestricted free agents cornerback Walter Thurmond (Seattle Seahawks) and safety Quintin Demps (Kansas City Chiefs). Thurmond reportedly signed a 1-year, $3.5 million deal. No word yet on Demps’ contract.

“I wanted to meet other teams and see what was out there,” Thurmond said. “Once I came here and met the coaching staff and heard the opportunities they presented to me, I couldn’t resist. It was a testament to the coaching staff. I got along with everybody, coach (Tom) Coughlin, the general manager (Jerry Reese), the DBs coaches – just great people out here.”

“Only 19 teams have won a Super Bowl,” Thurmond said. “To be a part of that group is a tremendous honor. The New York Giants have been able to do that four times in their history. When you do it once, you want to keep going back. I’m a competitor. I play the game to win championships. The Giants organization has a lot of prestige, a lot of history in that aspect of winning four Super Bowls. We want to bring another one here.”

“I’m all about competition,” Thurmond said. “I know they have a need here. I’m going to bring my work ethic and make the most of the opportunity they’re going to give me…I feel great about it. I think my time on the West Coast has expired and I’m looking forward to a new change of scenery.”

 

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Mar 162014
 
 March 16, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Walter Thurmond, Seattle Seahawks (November 17, 2013)

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New York Giants Sign Walter Thurmond and Quintin Demps: ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent (UFA) cornerback Walter Thurmond (Seattle Seahawks) to a 1-year, $3.5 million deal. According to multiple press reports, the Giants have also signed UFA safety/returner Quintin Demps (Kansas City Chiefs). Terms of that deal are not yet known.

Because of these moves, we have updated the New York Giants Free Agent Signings (with scouting reports), New York Giants 2014 Free Agency Scorecard, and Roster sections of the website.

Article on the New York Giants 2014 Offseason: Jets, Giants losing offseason battles to rivals by Steve Serby of The New York Post

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