Mar 092016
 
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Damon Harrison, New York Jets (November 24, 2014)

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GIANTS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DAMON HARRISON…
Multiple media sources are reporting that the New York Giants have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Damon Harrison (New York Jets). The contract is reportedly 5-year, $46.25 million deal that  includes $24 million in guaranteed money and $30 million in the first three years of the contact.

The 27-year old Harrison was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Jets after the 2012 NFL Draft. In the last three years, Harrison has started every regular-season game for the Jets. In 2015, he accrued 72 tackles and 0.5 sacks. The 6’4”, 350-pound Harrison is one of the NFL’s best run-stuffing nose tackles. He does not get much heat on the passer.

MARCH 9, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS FREE AGENT NEWS AND RUMORS (PART II)…
March 9th marks the official beginning of free agency as teams can begin to sign free agents of other teams at 4:00 PM. Here is the latest:

  • The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars are the two most serious contenders for the services of unrestricted free agent defensive end Olivier Vernon (Miami Dolphins). The 25-year old Vernon was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Dolphins. In the last three seasons, he has played in every regular-season game with 46 starts, averaging 55 tackles and 8.5 sacks per year.
  • The New York Daily News and BleacherReport.com are reporting that the New York Giants have expressed interest in unrestricted free agent wide receiver Mohamed Sanu (Cincinnati Bengals). However, Sanu is first meeting with the Falcons on Wednesday night. The 26-year old Sanu was selected in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Bengals. In four seasons, Sanu has played in 57 regular-season games with 34 starts (27 of those coming in 2013-2014). Last season, he started four games and finished the year with 33 catches for 394 yards and no touchdowns.
  • ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants have expressed interest in unrestricted free agent right tackle Bobby Massie (Arizona Cardinals). The 26-year old Massie was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cardinals. The athletic, 6’6”, 316-pound Massie started all 30 regular-season games he played in the last two years. Massie was suspended for the first two games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse (alcohol – DUI).
  • The Giants had reportedly expressed interest in unrestricted free agents safety Rodney McCloud (Los Angeles Rams), safety George Iloka (Cincinnati Bengals), defensive end Williams Hayes (Los Angeles Rams), and offensive guard Mike Harris (Minnesota Vikings). But all either re-signed with their respective teams or another team.

JASON PIERRE-PAUL CONTRACT DETAILS…
USA Today is reporting that the 1-year, $10.5 million contract that defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul signed with the New York Giants includes:

  • Total possible value: $10.5 million
  • Guaranteed money: $8.5 million
  • Base salary: $4.25 million (fully guaranteed)
  • Signing bonus: $4.25 million (fully guaranteed)
  • Per-game roster bonuses: $1.2 million
  • Workout bonus: $300,000
  • Incentives: Up to $500,000 (based on sacks)

JANORIS JENKINS CONTRACT DETAILS…
National Football Post is reporting that the contract cornerback Janoris Jenkins signed with the New York Giants is a 5-year, $62.5 million deal that includes $28.8 million and a $10 million signing bonus.

LARRY DONNELL MEDICALLY CLEARED…
According to his agent, New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell has received full medical clearance to resume football activities. However, The New York Post reports that the Giants have not seen the results of those medical tests yet.

Donnell was placed on Injured Reserve in December 2015 with a neck injury. After a breakout season in 2014, Donnell had a disappointing 2015 campaign as his production dropped from 63 catches for 623 yards and six touchdowns to 29 catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns. He started all eight games in which he played in 2015.

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Mar 072016
 
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George Iloka, Cincinnati Bengals (September 20, 2015)

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MARCH 7, 2016 NEW YORK GIANTS FREE AGENT RUMORS…
While players can not officially sign until March 9th, Monday unofficially marked the beginning of free agency as teams can now negotiate with free agents of other teams. Here is the latest:

  • ESPN is reporting that free agent defensive end Charles Johnson, who was recently cut by the Carolina Panthers in a salary cap-related move, met with the New York Giants on Sunday and Monday. If the Giants and Johnson do not agree on a contract, he is reportedly scheduled to meet with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next. From 2010-2014, Johnson averaged 43 tackles and 10.5 sacks per year. Those numbers plummeted in 2015 when Johnson missed seven regular-season games with a hamstring injury and finished the year with 12 tackles and one sack. He had an excellent game in the Super Bowl with five tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble. Overall, Johnson accrued nine tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles in three post-season games last season.
  • Following up on yesterday’s update, there is no new information on free agent defensive end Mario Williams visiting the Giants. BleacherReport.com is reporting that the Giants, Dolphins, and Jaguars are interested in Williams, who supposedly is seeking a $10 million-per-year contract. The 31-year old Williams was recently released by the Bills. Miscast in a 3-4 defense, Williams started 15 games for the Bills in 2015 and finished the season with just 19 tackles and five sacks. From 2012-2014, Williams averaged 34 tackles and 13 sacks per season. He is a four-time Pro Bowler (2008, 2009, 2013, 2014) and was first-team All Pro in 2014.
  • The New York Daily News is reporting that the New York Giants are interested in Atlanta Falcons unrestricted free agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn. Several other teams are also said to be interested in Clayborn, who was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He missed most of the 2012 season with a knee injury and most of the 2014 season with a biceps injury. The Falcons signed Clayborn as a free agent in 2015. Last season, he played in all 16 regular-season games with four starts, finishing the year with 15 tackles and three sacks.
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that the New York Giants are one of several teams interested in Cincinnati Bengals unrestricted free agent safety George Iloka. The 25-year old Iloka was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has started all 44 regular-season games he played in the last three seasons, including 12 games in 2015 where he accrued 47 tackles and one interception.
  • The Cleveland Plains Dealer is reporting that the New York Giants have expressed interest in Cleveland Browns unrestricted free agent Mitchell Schwartz, the brother of recently-waived guard Geoff Schwartz. The 26-year old Schwartz was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Browns. He has started every game during his first four years in the NFL.
  • The St. Paul Pioneer Press is reporting that the New York Giants have expressed interest in Minnesota Vikings unrestricted free agent offensive guard Mike Harris. The 27-year old Harris was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Diego Chargers after the 2012 NFL Draft. He started all 16 regular-season games for the Vikings in 2015.
  • A media report out of Arizona says the Cardinals are interested in signing New York Giants unrestricted free agent defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul.
  • BleacherReport.com is reporting that New York Giants unrestricted free agent defensive end Robert Ayers is seeking a $10 million-per-year contract.

GIANTS AND VICTOR CRUZ TALK RESTRUCTURING…
ESPN.com is reporting that the New York Giants had discussions last week with the representatives for wide receiver Victor Cruz about restructuring his contract. Cruz is currently set to count $9.9 million against the team’s 2016 NFL cap, the second most by a player after quarterback Eli Manning. It has been speculated that if Cruz does not accept a pay cut, he may be released from the Giants. Cruz recently said that he believed there was an “80 percent” chance he would return to Giants.

Cruz did not play in any preseason or regular-season games in 2015. Cruz was placed on Injured Reserve in November 2015 due to a left calf injury suffered in August that never healed and required surgery. It is the third leg injury that Cruz has suffered since signing his big 6-year contract in July 2013, including arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in 2013 and career-threatening patellar tendon surgery on his right knee in 2014.

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