Yesterday there was a flurry of activity before 4pm and for several hours afterwards. For most teams and players the news was about the excitement of landing with a new team. There were however some cuts made by teams in order to clear some last minute salary cap space as they hope to cut dead weight or focus on other areas of need with their money. Here is a list of some of the players who have been cut in the last 36 hours or so.
Who is the best fit for the Giants and why?
Julius Peppers DE from Chicago Bears - was this purely a money decision as Peppers was due to make nearly $14 million this season and count $20 million against the cap? Or has Julius lost a step and simply became expendable when the Bears signed Lamarr Houston from the Raiders? How much will Pepper cost and how much is he worth? Peppers is 34. Last year he played all 16 games and had 31 solo tackles, 7.5 sacks and 1 interception. For comparison sake, Justin Tuck also played all 16 games last year but had 41 solo tackles, 11 sacks and 1 interception. USA Today suggests 5 possible suitors for Peppers: Jags, Pats, Bucs, Seahawks and Broncos. Do you think he should be a Giant?
Owen Daniels TE from Houston Texans - The Texans saved $4.5M by cutting Owen Daniels who missed the last 11 games of last season with a nondisplaced fibula fracture (ESPN). In the 5 games he played he caught 24 balls for 252 yds and 3 TDs (YAHOO). Daniels has not lost a fumble since 2008. In NY we like our TE to be able to run block. I could not find anything in particular on Daniels in this area. He seemed to be used more as a route running, pass catching TE, but we cannot ignore how good the Texans run game has been when Daniels is in the lineup. If we go FA TE, does Daniels make more sense then other names we've been throwing around the last couple of weeks?
Santonio Holmes WR from New York Jets - the first thing that comes to mind with Holmes is headache. When the Jets locker room was in turmoil, he seemed to be one of the big reasons. Holmes quietly played in 11 games last year catching 23 for 456 and a touchdown (YAHOO). He was due $8.25M this year from the Jets so he got the ax. He was once the SuperBowl MVP but has recently been hampered with injuries. Would he be worth a roster spot to compete for WR3?
Kyle Cook C from Cincinnati Bengals - BBV'ers were content with Tuesday's haul of an offensive lineman, but the question looms - what do we do at center. Packers and Saints centers have been the focus as the top FA centers. Is Cook a name worthy of consideration? Why did the Bengals cut him? He started all 16 games for them. He is 30 years old and his cap hit this year was only $2.5M (NBC Sports). The people in Cincinnati say that 3rd year pro Robinson is a viable, cheaper replacement. Would you pay Cook $2.5M to come snap the ball for the Giants?
Antonio Cromartie from the New York Jets - Sportxchange reports that by cutting Cromartie the Jets saved $9.5M in cap space this year. Last year he accumulated 35 solo tackles and 3 interceptions. NY Daily News says that Cromartie would return to NYJ if they made a comparable offer to what ever he was offered elsewhere. Is that because he loves the Jets or wants to stay in NY? He has lost a step and got beaten long a handful of time last year, but could he be a help to the Giant's secondary?
So what do you think of these recently released veteran players? Should the Giants try to acquire any of them? Who and Why?