Good morning, New York Giants' fans! Here are your Thursday morning Giants' headlines.
It certainly does not sound like Justin Tuck will be looking to give the Giants any sort of hometown discount. Not the way his agent is positioning Tuck entering free agency.
"Justin is by far the most complete d-end in the class," Tuck's agent Doug Hendrickson said. "He can play the 4-3, he can play the 3-4.
"He obviously had an incredible season last year with every stat he had with the tackles, tackles for loss, the hurries and the sacks. They were up there with the upper-echelon defensive linemen."
[Valentine's View: I certainly can't blame Tuck and Hendrickson for their viewpoint, it is Hendrickson's job to get the most he possibly can for his client. Tuck, 31, won't be the most desirable defensive end on the market, though. Younger players like Greg Hardy (25), Michael Bennett (28) and LaMarr Houston (27) would seem likely to get the bigger deals.']
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports says the Giants are "solid shape" when it comes to salary cap space as NFL free agency approaches. Kirwan's calculations have the Giants $10.2 million under the cap.
That number will change based on moves the Giants make between now and March 11, and we will keep you updated.
You want a chuckle? The Dallas Cowboys are, per Kirwan, $32.7 million OVER the cap. Ouch!
Pro Bowl center Alex Mack of the Cleveland Browns could be a target for the Giants if he reaches free agency. The Browns would like to keep him, but Mack's agent, Marv Demoff, says Mack wants some answers before deciding to stay in Cleveland:
"I think the most important thing is Alex really would want to meet the coaches," Demoff said. "He was pretty close to [former offensive line coach George] Warhop, and liked [former head coach Rob] Chudzinski. Everything he had in Cleveland is changed. Warhop was a constant for five years. He’s gone. There’s a different head coach, different offensive coordinator, different offensive line coach. If you’re looking at this from an intelligent point of view, there’s more to it than money. You have to believe in what you’re doing. I want Alex first to be able to sign off and say I’m fine with all the changes and where they’re headed."
CBS Sports offers a preview of the Giants' offseason.
SB Nation's Dan Kadar breaks down the 2014 NFL Combine.
South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier says Jadaveon Clowney has "OK" work habits. That, of course, is not glowing praise. SB Nation's Jason Kirk points out, however, that Spurrier's work habits also leave something to be desired.