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Fixing the New York Giants, Part III: Reinforcements

This is part three of Invictus XI's four-part series in which he looks at how to fix our beloved Giants. In this part, we get to spend some money.

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I always love part three. Now, after the depressing first two parts, we get to actually spend some money and look at the possibilities that we might have to really enforce this team's depth and get some talent. With more $62 million dollars that we were able to obtain, I imagine that this will be quite heavily involved in acquiring some real players to help this sad state of affairs. First and foremost, however, comes the coaching staff. Who are we going to hire to lead the New York Giants?

Head Coach

There are several candidates to choose from: Josh McDaniels, Hue Jackson, Sean McDermott, Adam Gase, possibly Mike Smith, Matt Patricia, Teryl Austin.

Do we go offense or defense? I think that I'd go offense. I think given Steve Spagnuolo's pedigree, he can handle the defensive side of things. I didn't really have a huge problem with the defensive play calling, just the personnel that were on the field.

On the offensive side, I appreciated McAdoo's play design, but not so much his playcalling. Having an offensive head coach who controls plays and has a meeting of the minds with McAdoo would do wonders, I think, in terms of how the offense is run.

Out of all the candidates, then, my vote would be Hue Jackson. He has head coaching experience and got a raw deal trying to handle that hot mess that was the 2011 Oakland Raiders. He's spent extensive time as an offensive coordinator and has turned the Cincinnati Bengals into one of the most threatening offenses in the league.

He isn't a WCO coordinator per say, and he used to be a running backs coach, but he had no issue running a WCO under Al Saunders with the Raiders. Having him make the calls with Ben McAdoo creating the plays will allow for a good back and forth for this team and hopefully take some of the stress off Eli Manning's back.

Addressing Our Free Agents

Jason Pierre-Paul

There is no way that the Giants tag Jason Pierre-Paul for another year. No way, no how. JPP has not done himself any favors by undergoing more offseason surgery to help his grip. He has been a disruptive player, but the limitations of his glove have become more than apparent. He had one sack in seven games. I don't think he will get any big multi-year offers in free agency, there is just too much risk. I do think the Giants bring him back on a one-year deal with fully guaranteed money to see how he does. That would give the Giants a disruptive presence and JPP time to prove his worth.

Year

Salary

Cap Number

2016

$8,750,000

$8,750,000

Prince Amukamara

There are several aspects to consider with Prince. One is, obviously, his injury history. He does get injured quite easily, and as of late, his play has been less than stellar. I'm fairly certain that is because he was rusty and recovering from his most recent pectoral injury.

The other issue is the lack of great corners on the market. Arguably, the only one better than Prince is Josh Norman. That will bump his price up. Ultimately, I do think the Giants make a deal and get him on a reasonable deal, I'm thinking a four- year, $28 million deal with a $7M signing bonus.

Year

Salary

Cap Number

2016

$5,000,000

$6,750,000

2017

$6,000,000

$7,750,000

2018

$6,000,000

$7,750,000

2019

$4,000,000

$5,750,000

Robert Ayers

Ayers has been the most productive Giants defensive player to date. He knows it. We know it. The front office knows it. He will be 31 during the next calendar year, however, and he's probably looking for a payday. Unfortunately, I don't know that the Giants can afford to give him a multi-year deal with big money given that he's been injured both years that he's been here and that he is growing older. He will not be re-signed.

Free Agency

Several heavy hitters  will hit free agency, like Muhammad Wilkerson, Von Miller, and Josh Norman. However, the Giants need upgrades everywhere, and while a megastar might be nice to think about, spreading money around to get several high-level free agents seems more prudent. After retaining our own free agents, we've got a solid $47.14 million to play around with. So let's get to it.

Vinny Curry

Losing Ayers means that the Giants only now have Pierre-Paul, Owamagbe Odighizuwa, and Kerry Wynn under contract at defensive end. Adding Vinny Curry will solidify a solid four. Curry is a pass-rushing monster who is clearly misused in Philadelphia's 2-gap 3-4 scheme. He's an RE in a 4-3 scheme and has the ability to get after the quarterback, as seen by almost hitting double-digit sack numbers in 300 snaps in 2014. He's young too, at only 27 years old. A five-year, $33 million deal would make sense, with a solid $10 million signing bonus to sweeten the pot.

Year

Salary

Cap Number

2016

$5,000,000

$7,000,000

2017

$5,000,000

$7,000,000

2018

$4,000,000

$6,000,000

2019

$5,000,000

$7,000,000

2020

$4,000,000

$6,000,000

Tashaun Gipson

Gipson was an RFA last year and certainly someone that was the apple of many a BBVer's eyes last year. He's an unrestricted free agent this year and at the age of 25, he fits the mold of what the Giants would like to do. He would allow Landon Collins to come down in the box because he's a rangy cover safety that can cover quite a bit of ground. That would upgrade two spots on the back end at once and would protect that Giants corners as well. I'm willing to shell out significant money to help improve the back end. Let's give him a five-year, $46 million eal with a $10 million signing bonus.

Year

Salary

Cap Number

2016

$10,000,000

$12,000,000

2017

$7,000,000

$9,000,000

2018

$8,000,000

$10,000,000

2019

$6,000,000

$8,000,000

2020

$5,000,000

$7,000,000

Malik Jackson

Another player worthy of consideration that can greatly improve the front seven, Malik Jackson is coming off his rookie contract from the Denver Broncos. He broke out this year with five sacks from the defensive tackle/defensive end position. He's well positioned to be a successful three technique, replacing what Cullen Jenkins has given us over these years. He's also 25 years old. Notice a trend? Let's also give him a five-year contract. We want to control these players for a while. They need to add to our core. I say a five-year deal worth $29 million is fair, especially if we give him a $7 million signing bonus.

Year

Salary

Cap Number

2016

$5,000,000

$6,400,000

2017

$4,000,000

$5,400,000

2018

$3,000,000

$4,400,000

2019

$5,000,000

$6,400,000

2020

$5,000,000

$6,400,000

Mohamed Sanu

What is one thing the Giants have lacked when it comes to the wide receiver position after Odell Beckham Jr.? Does "reliability" sound good to you? How about "safety blanket"? Or "an actual threat to do something with the football"? I think perhaps Mohamed Sanu might be a good option.

He's pretty much everything that Rueben Randle was not for the Giants. He doesn't drop passes, runs appropriate routes, and fights for the ball. Adding him gives Eli Manning a reliable No. 2 wide receiver who can also do some things out of the backfield as well.

Let's give him a solid deal, four years, $21.5 million with a $6 million signing bonus.

Year

Salary

Cap Number

2016

$2,500,000

$4,000,000

2017

$4,500,000

$6,000,000

2018

$4,000,000

$5,500,000

2019

$4,500,000

$6,000,000

Dwayne Allen

Sanu isn't the only weapon that Eli Manning needs. This offense showed far too often that without Beckham there's nobody reliable to target. There's nobody that can step up and be "the guy" for the Giants. Will Tye is a great story, but he's not exactly a great blocker. I've had a man-crush on Dwayne Allen for a few years now, and he's as successful a two-way player as anybody in the league. Adding him would upgrade everything the Giants can do on offense. Hence, a four-year deal worth $24 million with an $8 million signing bonus.

Year

Salary

Cap Number

2016

$5,000,000

$7,000,000

2017

$5,000,000

$7,000,000

2018

$3,000,000

$5,000,000

2019

$3,000,000

$5,000,000

LaAdrian Waddle

The Giants need depth. They need depth everywhere. They've got Justin Pugh, Ereck Flowers, Weston Richburg, Geoff Schwartz, and Will Beatty as starters, with Bobby Hart as a backup right now. They need another young player with starting experience and upside. Waddle is capable of playing tackle and guard and is only 24 years of age. He was coming off a knee injury a year ago but was healthy enough to get time with New England this year.

In either case, he's not going to be too expensive. two years, $3.5 million should do it.

Year

Salary

Cap Number

2016

$1,750,000

$1,750,000

2017

$1,750,000

$1,750,000

Janoris Jenkins

There needs to be depth everywhere. Jenkins has quietly been a stabilizing force in the back end for the st. Louis Rams. He's probably a starting-caliber player, but for the Giants, who have almost no depth at the cornerback position, Jenkins would go a long way towards stabilizing the nickel corner position and can take over should Prince or DRC go down.

He won't come cheap, however. He'll probably go for a three-year deal worth $18 million. He'll take a $6 million signing bonus as well.

Year

Salary

Cap Number

2016

$3,000,000

$5,000,000

2017

$5,500,000

$7,500,000

2018

$3,500,000

$5,500,000

Whew. That's a lot of players. Couldn't fulfill every position, but we significantly expanded our core of young players with guys like Vinny Curry and Malik Jackson to add to the defensive front line. We brought back Jason Pierre-Paul for another year. We added Tashaun Gipson and Janoris Jenkins to the defensive backfield while keeping Prince Amukamara. We added two offensive starters in Dwayne Allen and Mohamed San. Finally, we added some depth to the offensive line with LaAdrian Waddle.

We filled the team with youth, and we filled it with talent. How much did we spend? How much do we have left?

Cap Space Prior to Moves

Total Cost of Moves

Cap Space Left

$62,640,000

$59,650,000

$2,990,000

Now I know that there are several areas that you guys will be screaming at that are not addressed, but of course, there's one big portion of the offseason still left!

Next time: We hit up the 2016 NFL Draft in the final part of ''Invictus fixes the New York Giants'!