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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Mar 152014
 
 March 15, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Denver Broncos (September 15, 2013)

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Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Visit New York Giants: According to The Star-Ledger, unrestricted free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Denver Broncos) visited the New York Jets on Saturday but left without a contract. Rodgers-Cromartie will now visit the New York Giants on Sunday.

No Interest in Jim Cordle?: NJ.com is reporting that UFA Jim Cordle (New York Giants) is not expected to re-sign with the team.

Hakeem Nicks Says the Giants Did Not Make an Offer During Free Agency: Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts on Friday, said on Saturday: “(The Giants) actually didn’t (make an offer in free agency), but we had already talked prior to that. Still, good relationships there. I’ve got much love for the Giants organization.”

 

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Mar 142014
 
 March 14, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (December 8, 2013)

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Hakeem Nicks Signs with Indianapolis Colts: Unrestricted free agent wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (New York Giants) has signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The deal is reportedly a 1-year, $3.5 million contract plus another $2 million in incentives.

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.

Jameel McClain Signing Official: The New York Giants officially confirmed that they have signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Jameel McClain. The deal is reportedly a 2-year, $4.1 million contract and includes a $600,000 signing bonus.

McClain was released by the Baltimore Ravens in late February.

“It was a mixture of surprise and disappointment,” McClain said. “You learn with more time in this league that it’s a business and sometimes they make business decisions that most people don’t understand. It just was one of those things that was like, ‘Dust yourself off and try again.’”

“(Signing with the Giants is) an opportunity,” McClain said. “I believe in opportunity and I believe that everything happens for a reason. Now I get a chance to re-create myself. I get a chance to re-create my own identity without being placed with any label. No disrespect to anything that I’ve been through or anybody anywhere else, but when you get into this position you have to choose the best for your family, the best for your career, the best for your longevity. This was one of those circumstances for me where I could come here and create myself and compete and be the player that I want to be or the player that I can be.

“I love this organization. I love the tradition here. The players are amazing. I had the opportunity to talk to a few. Being close to home is very important. I’m a family man, I have a lot of nieces and nephews that I need to be next to. It’s a great opportunity for me, in all honesty.

“I’ve got a chip on my shoulder the size of a golden nugget. I’m all the way there. Every time that I get a little itch, God always slaps me in the back of the head and says, ‘Jameel, you’ve got a long way to go.’ I signed a little deal and then after that I got hurt, that was God slapping me on the back on the head. Once I came back from that injury then I get cut, so that’s God slapping me on the back of the head again, just saying, ‘Your job is to be the underdog.’ For the world to see that the underdog can make it possible, that’s my destination, that’s going to be my journey. I know it and I accept it.”

McClain will now have to adjust from the 3-4 defense to the 4-3.

“I really think people do make too much of it,” said McClain. “Football is football. Maybe it’s not so much for me because I believe I’m so versatile a player. I’ve played every position. None of that really scares me at all. It all just seems so familiar.”

McClain missed the Ravens’ post-season Super Bowl run in 2012 because he was on Injured Reserve with a spinal cord contusion.

“I missed that, so I really don’t have a ring,” said McClain. “I feel I have a chance to win one with his organization. Winning is everything. If you’re in this game, you should only be playing to win and to compete. Without that, what are we left with? A bunch of numbers on the board? It really doesn’t mean anything. I play this game to win, I play this game for respect and this organization does that at the highest level. I’m happy to be a part of it.”

A video interview with Jameel McClain is available at Giants.com.

Shelley Smith Signs with Dolphins: Unrestricted free agent offensive guard Shelley Smith (St. Louis Rams) has signed a 2-year, $5.5 million deal with the Miami Dolphins. Smith visited the Giants on Wednesday.

Giants.com Interview with S Stevie Brown: A video of a Giants.com interview with safety Stevie Brown is available at Giants.com.

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Mar 142014
 
 March 14, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes



Deion Sanders Discusses the 2014 NFL Draft

Jon Beason and Henry Hynoski Officially Re-Signed: The New York Giants officially confirmed that unrestricted free agents linebacker Jon Beason and fullback Henry Hynoski have re-signed. Beason reportedly signed a 3-year, $19 million deal with $7 million guaranteed. Hynoski reportedly signed a 1-year, $1 million contract.

“You know how when you pick up a good book and it’s good because they develop a character and there’s always some type of turmoil, something bad happens,” Beason said. “And then the character has to come out and overcome it and then it’s like, ‘Man, that was a really good read.’ For me, I think it just made my career story better, having to overcome some things. You come out, you get drafted high, you start making Pro Bowls and become the highest-paid player, all-pro and all that stuff. That’s a boring book. For me, I feel like it’s prepared me for what’s still to come. If you’re going to lead men, especially at this level, you have to be battle-tested.

“You go through some stuff, you feel like you’re getting dragged through the mud and all of a sudden you just keep fighting, fighting and then you come out clean on the other side. For me, a fresh start was great. But obviously I know who I am and what I’ve already accomplished, so why can’t I continue to do that? I feel like I’m just scratching the surface. I really feel like that. To get a chance to have a great offseason, train and get in good shape to where you can play consistently at a high level is what I’m looking forward to.

“I think what we were able to build last year in a short period of time was scary. I’m a big fan of building camaraderie and sweating with the guys in the offseason, that’s where you build those championships and we missed that – well, I missed that because I came in early in the season. But for me, at this point, I know we have that coming up in April, get out there and earn the right to be a champ. It’s going to be big this year.

“I think when you talk about leadership, obviously your peers pick the captain or the person they choose to lead. There are guys that have done a great job, but the hardest part is being consistent at it. If you’re going to stand up there and say something or you’re going to represent something, or you’re going to be an example of something, I think you have to do it every day. Because as soon as you’re not, as soon as you don’t do it, there’s a chink in your armor and now guys aren’t following you anymore because you’re a façade, you’re not for real.

“Everyone’s going to have to pick up the slack because (Justin) Tuck was such an amazing leader, a guy who demanded respect right when he walked into the room. That’s the way I felt about him from the outside looking in and then obviously getting the chance to get to play with him, that was evident. For me, I just want to continue to try and be consistent. I think when you’re consistent, people follow that.

“I think anytime you get derailed with an injury, it’s not your fault. That wasn’t part of the story, but it happens. Anytime you have a setback, it’s a chance to come back and do something great. For me, you stay who you are and you know when you’re healthy you can be as good as anybody. You go out there, you play well, but that was just scratching the surface. I feel like I can be scary good this year and as a team, especially as a defense, we could be really good.”

Hynoski had an injury-plagued 2013. In May at the team’s first Organized Team Activity (OTA) workout, Hynoski suffered an injury to his medial collateral ligament (MCL) and a chip fracture to the lateral plateau in his left knee that required surgery. He returned in time for the regular-season opener, but suffered a shoulder injury in Week 3 that required surgery and ended his season as he was placed on Injured Reserve.

“I’m finally 100 percent healthy now,” Hynoski said. “I’m ready to go. I’m just extremely anxious to get back on the field. It was a humbling year.”

“The first game (last season) I was really rusty, the second I started getting back and that third game was when I started feeling good again, back to my old self,” Hynoski said. “And then the shoulder happened, unfortunately. But that’s part of the game. It’s the stuff you have to live with. These things happen, it’s just a matter of how you respond to it. I use it as motivation, use it in my workouts, everything, all of that anger and frustration – I used it in rehab and training to get back. I think it’s going to make me a better player because of it.

“It was tough to sit back and watch your team, especially when you know you could help in certain areas. I’m just looking forward. That whole time I was going through all of this, it was just motivation, it just fueled the fire and made me more hungry. I think it’s all going to transfer over to this season and we’ll have a great year ahead of us.”

Hynoski will have to compete for a roster spot with fullback John Conner, who was signed when the Giants lost Hynoski to injury.

“There’s competition all over the NFL,” Hynoski said. “That brings the best out of all of the players. It brings the best out of you when you’re competing against somebody else. I’m just looking forward to working with him and working together and getting better at the same time.”

“This is where I want to be,” Hynoski said. “Don’t get me wrong, Detroit was a great place. I really enjoyed the people I met and the visit out there, but this is home for me. This is where I was comfortable and luckily everything worked out. The Giants had a mutual feeling, the same feeling I had about them. They wanted me back, I wanted to be back here and I’m glad it worked out.

“This is a very special place for me, just the way the fans embraced me. I’m very grateful the coaches, the front office all the way from the ownership down have been 100 percent class, one of the best organizations in the NFL, the best organization in the NFL. I’m just very honored and proud to be part of it again.”

For more from Beason and Hynoski, see these Giants.com interviews:

March 14, 2014 New York Giants Free Agent News and Rumors: Here is the latest on the free agent front:

  • RavensInsider is reporting that unrestricted free agent (UFA) offensive guard/tackle Bruce Campbell, who was waived/injured by the Carolina Panthers in August 2013, visited the Giants on Thursday. Campbell had signed a contract with the Washington Redskins on Wednesday, but failed their physical.
  • The New York Daily News is reporting that the Giants may be interested in unrestricted free agent defensive end Robert Ayers (Denver Broncos).
  • The Star-Ledger is reporting that unrestricted free agent cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Denver Broncos) will visit the Giants after visiting the Jets.
  • UFA tight end Brandon Pettigrew, who the Giants were rumored to be interested in, re-signed with the Detroit Lions.
  • UFA center Evan Dietrich-Smith (Green Bay Packers), who the Giants were rumored to be interested in, has signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Details on J.D. Walton’s Contract: According to FOXSports.com, the contact signed between the Giants and unrestricted free agent center J.D. Walton (Washington Redskins) was a 2-year, $5 million deal with $3 million in guaranteed money. Contract details for most of the free agents signed are available in the 2014 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

For more information on what the Giants have spent, see A look at some of the Giants’ new deals by Ralph Vacchiano of The New York Daily News.

ESPN Radio Interview with OG Geoff Schwartz: The audio of Friday’s ESPN Radio interview with offensive guard Geoff Schwartz is available at ESPN.com

ESPN Radio Interview with DE Justin Tuck: The audio of Friday’s ESPN Radio interview with defensive end Justin Tuck is available at ESPN.com

Articles on Former Giants Defensive End Justin Tuck:

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Mar 132014
 
 March 13, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Jameel McClain, Baltimore Ravens (December 29, 2013)

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New York Giants Agree to Terms with Jameel McClain: The New York Giants have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent linebacker Jameel McClain, who was waived in February by the Baltimore Ravens in a salary cap-related move. The contract is expected to be signed formally on Friday. Terms of the deal are not yet known.

BBI scouting report on McClain:

The Giants signed McClain in March 2014. McClain was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2008 NFL Draft. In six seasons with the Ravens, McClain started 55 regular-season games with 54 of those starts coming in the last four seasons. A serious neck injury (spinal contusion) suffered late in 2012 caused him to miss the first six games of the 2013 season on the Physically-Unable-to-Perform (PUP) List. The Ravens released him in February 2014. A defensive end in college, McClain has good size and he is versatile – he has experience playing both inside and outside linebacker. He is an aggressive, hard-working, tough, physical player who is solid against the run. McClain lack ideal overall athleticism and isn’t as strong in pass coverage. McClain was a well-respected team leader in Baltimore. Good special teams player.

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

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Mar 132014
 
 March 13, 2014  Posted by  News and Notes
Henry Hynoski, New York Giants (September 15, 2013)

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New York Giants Re-Sign Henry Hynoski: According to ESPN, the New York Giants have re-signed unrestricted free agent fullback Henry Hynoski. The contract is reportedly a 1-year, $1 million deal.

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

Ted Ginn Jr. Signs with the Cardinals: Unrestricted free agent wide receiver/returner Ted Ginn Jr. (Carolina Panthers) has signed with the Arizona Cardinals. The Giants were reported to be interested in Ginn.

Articles on Former Giants DE Justin Tuck:

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