If your mom gives you $20 to go to the store and get milk, eggs and bread, but instead you come home with Oreos, Doritos, and ice cream, she’s probably not going to be happy.
At the start of the offseason, the New York Giants were given a little over $30 million to retain their biggest asset (Jason Pierre-Paul) and find Eli Manning a legitimate blindside protector.
Sure, the team could’ve signed a tight end, but in a draft that has plenty of potential at the tight end position, they really didn’t need to add one via free agency.
Sure, they could’ve signed a wide receiver, but with Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard on the roster, having another wideout was certainly not a necessity.
Sure, adding a versatile offensive lineman isn’t a bad idea either, but you better make sure you’ve found a viable tackle to supplant Ereck Flowers before doing so.
Well, sitting here with just under $5 million in cap space, the Giants are stuck in no man’s land.
After franchise tagging Pierre-Paul, the organization failed to work out a long-term deal.
Thus, having his franchise tag counting as $17 million against the cap, limiting moves elsewhere.
Then, for some odd reason, their next move was to dish out $4.5 million of their limited cap space to a wide receiver (Brandon Marshall) who will be 33 years old by the start of next season, coming off a year where he caught just 59 passes and three touchdowns.
Marshall is also a player who comes with baggage, three times having been traded and recently leaving a New York Jets team that saw him as one of the few involved in a chaotic locker room.
You can tell me all you want about how “Marshall was a steal” based on his salary – that assumption is wrong.
Based on what the Giants needed and based on their financial predicament, it was the wrong move.
Just because the Doritos are on sale, doesn’t mean you should buy them when you clearly need to get eggs and you know you can’t afford both – duh.
The signing of Rhett Ellison, while certainly serving a purpose as a blocking tight end/fullback, once again proved to be a head scratching move the minute Martellus Bennett signed with the Green Bay Packers for a 2017 cap hit of just $3.85 million.
I’ll admit that I wasn’t high on the Giants pursuing Bennett, but if I had to choose between Bennett and Marshall, two very outspoken pass catchers, I’d take Bennett every time.
Over the course of his five-year career, Ellison has just 51 career receptions while Bennett has five straight seasons of at least 50 catches.
Like I mentioned earlier, I feel as though the team could’ve waited until the draft to handle the tight end position.
But with Bennett making less than $2 million more than Ellison, why not make the move for the more proven player at a slightly higher price (someone who has played with the Giants before and admitted he loves playing in New York)?
I also get that Ellison can play fullback too, but the team had Will Johnson on the roster who could’ve performed the same job at a much cheaper price ($1 million cap hit) before being cut.
I just don’t get it.
Then, on Tuesday, it turns out, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, that after re-signing right guard John Jerry, the team isn’t sure on whether D.J. Fluker will start on the offensive line.
So basically, the one move they made to “enhance” their offensive line was a player who might not start and also commanded just $3 million on the open market, at a position (guard) that gave Ronald Leary, who wasn’t even a starter with the Dallas Cowboys, $24 million in guaranteed money.
The Giants may have just signed three players – using up valuable cap space – who might impact the team in no way whatsoever this upcoming season.
While everyone has crushed general manager Jerry Reese for years, I’ve been the one to have his back.
But I have no idea what he’s doing right now.