Only an incredibly small amount of pessimistic New York Giants fans could have ever envisioned the current status of the 2017 season at this point. What once looked to be one of the more balanced and talented rosters in the NFL heading into the regular season, the Giants have now become a depleted team, riddled by a never-ending list of catastrophic injuries.
So many questions remain unanswered with this Giants roster, not just heading into their week 10 matchup on the road against the winless San Francisco 49ers, but looking forward once the 2017 season is finished.
Much of the offseason activity that will happen during the spring of 2018 will heavily rely on what Giants ownership plans on doing in regards to keeping or letting go head coach Ben McAdoo and General Manager Jerry Reese. Assuming that it's practically guaranteed that the Giants will let go of both McAdoo and Reese before the 2018 season, here are a couple of players who the Giants should also say good riddance to.
4. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
Out of all 50 players on the Giants roster, getting rid of Dominique Rogers-Cromartie makes the most sense, financially. Earlier this month, the Giants temporarily suspended defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie after he had an unexcused leave from the team's facility.
Of DRC's expected 2018 salary of $8.5 million, the Giants would clear up $6.5 million in cap space if they decide to cut him before June 1st.
3. Brandon Marshall
When the New York Giants signed Marshall to a two-year, $12 million contract in March, many fans across the country thought the Giants had solidified themselves as the most talented receiving core in the league.
He ended his first year with the Giants in week 5 with a season-ending ankle injury, having made little impact on the field.
He finished with 18 receptions for 154 yards and no touchdowns. Marshall will be 34 years old next season and cutting the 12-year veteran before June 1st will save the Giants $5,156,250. It seems like an obvious move for ownership.
2. John Jerry
John Jerry has been very reliable for the Giants ever since he signed with the team in 2014. He has started all 56 games for the Giants and has proven to be an above average pass protector for Eli Manning. However, the Giants would save $2.525 million in cap space if they were to let go of him before June 1st.
1. Dwayne Harris
In Week 5 of the 2017 season, Dwayne Harris suffered a foot fracture which required surgery and was placed on injured reserve early in October. Harris has been a reliable returner for the Giants in his three-year stint with the team.
He even became the first player in franchise history to have a punt return, a kickoff return, and a reception go for touchdowns in a single-season. However, he will be 31 years old next season and the Giants can save $2.45 million in 2018 if they cut him before June 1st.
Cutting these four players next offseason can save the Giants over $16.6 million, which they can use to their benefit during free agency. With the team expected to finish the season with a top 5 draft pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, they can absolutely revive their disastrous 2017 campaign if they can make the right moves heading into next season.