Where do The Giants go from here? This is a question post for all Giants fans and coach. Feedback is not only welcome but encouraged. This offseason is very important to the state of the beloved franchise.
Lets start with Eli Manning. I believe they will work out an extension to give him some extra years on a cap friendly deal. Knowing how Manning is a team first player this should work out nicely for the Giants. Next lets move on to Antrel Rolle. He played great this year and was definitely snubbed for the Pro Bowl. I think the best choice would be to extend him for two extra years. If this is not something he is willing to do then they must release him. He's an excellent player with great leadership, but 9 million is just too much to pay for a safety about to be on the decline. Especially when you have Will Hill and Stevie Brown right behind him.
Another person that will be hard to get rid of but has to go is Justin Tuck. I know he ended up with 11 sacks and looked good on the stat sheet but let's be honest, six were against a team we could all get sacks against. These two games were also very meaningless, so no extra points for Tuck in my opinion. When the games mattered it seemed like he wasn't on the field most of the time. As for his partner in crime Jason Pierre-Paul, I would love to have him back.
I would make him play out this year before giving him a new contract. If he under-performs again this year then it might be time for him to go as well. If he comes back healthy and plays well then we will welcome him back with open arms. Other big names that I believe will be gone are Hakeem Nicks and Chris Snee. Nicks will leave in free agency and I believe Snee will retire. I really hope we can retain Lindval Joseph but he might want more than we are willing to spend.
Now the question is how do we fix this problem were are faced with? Drafting well is always the best way to keep a team afloat. We have the No. 12 draft pick so we are not in bad position. it's not great but it's not too bad. I think that with that pick we need to pick the best player available that is not a quarterback or a wide receiver because we are set in those positions. The Giants could use a solid offensive line pick up or a nice linebacker to go alongside Jon Beason. We just need to have a least two picks in this years draft that can really contribute to this next season. It would also be nice to bring in a tight that Big Blue could have for a few years.
Then we have free agency. I would like to see New York pick up a veteran wide out, a guy that can get a first down on a 3rd-and-4. I would also like to see them get some veterans to come help out the offensive line. almost every position up and down the line will need to be fixed. Justin Pugh can be plugged into any spot and our over paid left tackle might be out for a while so any help should be considered. This is a fix that I don't think that need to spend a ton of money on. Find guys that really play hard and want to be part of this franchise, not guys that might pan out might not.
With that said I don't think the Giants are a horrible team , and they always have a puncher's chance with Manning and Victor Cruz in the lineup. The running game should be a lot better next year and especially if David Wilson is back healthy. New York fought to the end of the season and just needs some changes and some extra heart to be in the playoffs next season. The Giants have wasted too many years of Manning's career in his prime and it's hard to find quarterbacks of his caliber so they'll need to make their next moves wisely.