So much happening so fast around the New York Giants right now. Who knew that the traditionally staid Giants, who rarely make a splash, would be among the NFL's busiest and most entertaining teams once the NFL got back to business? Anyway, that is exactly what has happened.
At this rate, I can't possibly keep up with everything. So, here is a quick notebook with the info I have been able to cull together thanks to the wonders of Twitter and the greater Inter-Google.
The Giants will reportedly cut defensive tackle Rocky Bernard. ESPN is reporting that Bernard's cap number for 2011 season would have been $2.95 million, and a variety of reporters have said the team and Bernard failed in an effort to restructure the deal.
Have to think the Giants will look for a veteran defensive tackle to add to a rotation that now has only veteran Chris Canty and untested young players Linval Joseph and Marvin Austin.
Speaking of restructuring, the Giants are apparently also asking running back Brandon Jacobs to re-work his contract.
A report hit Twitter a little bit ago that Kevin Boss had agreed to a deal with the Giants, but the Bossman has refuted that. Right now, though, there seems to be a belief that Boss will be back with the Giants.
WFAN's Paul Dottino is assuring fans that running back Ahmad Bradshaw favors the Giants over the Miami Dolphins.
The Giants officially named three-time Pro Bowler Larry Izzo assistant special teams coach today.
"This guy is a very intense, very serious, very focused young guy trying to make a transition from being an outstanding three-time Pro Bowler, 14-years-in-the-NFL career into the coaching profession" Coughlin said. "I think our players will relate very well to a guy like this. He has the ability to speak in very straightforward terms and also very colorfully. This game is a struggle. In the long run, many times it is who is tougher, who wants it more, who is willing to pay a greater price. This guy brings all of that stuff to the table."
Izzo played for three teams in a 14-year NFL career (1996-2009) and was both a three-time Super Bowl champion with New England and a three-time Pro Bowler. He was credited with 275 special teams tackles in 200 regular season games and 23 more in 21 postseason games. Izzo will assist Giants special teams coordinator Tom Quinn.
Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger reported this morning that the face-to-face meeting between Plaxico Burress and the New York Giants' brass cannot happen until Friday at the earliest due to NFL rules.