At this point, the amount of money I have in my bank account has to be something similar to what the New York Giants have in cap space.
According to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, New York has the league’s least amount of remaining cap space, a number in the ballpark of less than $5 million.
So, let’s look at four incredibly realistic moves considering what the team has to work with financially at the moment.
4. Let Johnathan Hankins Walk
Now that we know Johnathan Hankins isn’t getting the massive contract everyone expected he’d get, almost every Giant fan on the planet wants him back on a “prove-it” deal.
But even if Hankins signs a team-friendly deal, how “team-friendly” could it really be with the organization having less than $5 million worth of cap room?
Prior to the start of free agency, his projected value was in the ballpark of $10 million per season.
Even if he takes half of that on a one-year deal, the Giants are in an incredibly tough financial position, still with draft choices and free agent Keenan Robinson to pay.
Plus, Hankins had a Pro Football Focus grade below 50 last season and the Giants were still one of the league’s best defenses.
Let Hankins walk – give Jay Bromley a shot.
3. Retain Keenan Robinson
In today’s NFL, you need linebackers who can cover – and Keenan Robinson can cover at a high level.
Last season, counting just $2.5 million against the cap, Robinson had a PFF grade of 76.5 in coverage.
If the Giants can get him at a similar figure, it should be a no-brainer to bring him back.
2. Stay Away From Veteran Free Agent Running Backs
DeAngelo Williams? Adrian Peterson? LeGarrette Blount? Jamaal Charles?
Although you know plenty about the group listed above based on their value to your fantasy team, it would be best if the Giants chose to go in a younger direction.
Between the four, either injury, age, or complacency should cause a team like the Giants to look the other way.
This year’s draft class is expected to be stacked at the running back position, giving the Giants the flexibility to pass on the available backs in free agency while also saving money for more important needs.
1. Add a Veteran Pass Rusher
Olivier Vernon led all edge rushers in snaps last season and Jason Pierre-Paul was well on his way to doing the same before injuring his groin against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Giants need a pass rusher to come off the bench and give these guys a break once in a while.
Kerry Wynn’s ability to stop the run means that New York can strictly look for a pass rusher, someone like Connor Barwin, Chris Long, or Elvis Dumervil.
But again, it all depends on how much moola those particular players demand.