Let’s just say CBS Sports columnist Pete Prisco doesn’t believe the New York Giants made a wise investment when they signed cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a five-year, $62.5 million free agent contract ($28.8M guaranteed) this offseason. Prisco Wednesday named Jenkins the Giants most overrated player.
Even though he played some of his best football last season for the Rams, the Giants are paying him like he's a shutdown corner. The ability is there, but the constancy is not. He gambles too much at times and he is too aggressive in his tackling, causing misses. This is a chance for Jenkins to prove his talent and consistency have meshed for his new team.
Is Prisco right? I’m not sure. I do think, as I wrote earlier this week, that Jenkins is the “big gamble” among the high-priced free agents the Giants brought in this offseason:
Jenkins is the big gamble. Rather than maintain the status quo with 2011 first-round pick Prince Amukamara, the Giants rolled the dice by saying goodbye to Prince and giving Jenkins a five-year, $62.5 million contract with $28.8 million guaranteed. This is a high-risk, high-reward gamble by GM Jerry Reese and the Giants. ...
There are not only questions about how good the 27-year-old Jenkins is, but there are questions about how well he will handle the New York/New Jersey spotlight. of the three players the Giants gave mega-contracts to — Jenkins, Damon Harrison, Olivier Vernon — Jenkins might be the most likely to bust.
Your thoughts, Giants fans? Is Prisco right. If not, who would you say is the most overrated Giant?