Our breakdown of the New York Giants' 90-man roster continues with a look at starting center David Baas, who is entering his third season after coming to the Giants from the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent.
2012 Season In Review
Baas played all 16 games for the Giants despite a myriad of injuries that led to several offseason surgeries, including to his elbow and knee. Since moving from guard to center as a member of the San Francisco 49ers in 2010 Baas has historically been a better run blocker than pass blocker and that held true in 2012. His Pro Football Focus scores were +10.2 in run blocking (9th in the league for centers) and -9.1 while pass blocking, worst among the 36 centers who played at least 25 percent of their team's snaps. His overall +3.3 grade placed him 22nd, roughly middle of the pack.
The 2013 season will be Baas' 10th in the league. At this point it's hard to expect much different from him than what we have already seen. He has tremendous toughness and is an excellent run blocker. Perhaps if he is healthier than he was in 2012 he will be able to move a little better and, consequently, pass block a bit more efficiently. Baas is in the third year of a back-loaded five-year, $27.5-million contract. He carries a cap hit of $8.25 million in 2014 and $8.475 million in 2015, so this is an important season for him if he wants to see that money.