The New York Giants’ season is over. With that in mind, let’s turn to answering some of your questions about Big Blue via a mailbag, something we haven’t done in a while.
Ed says: That is the multi-million dollar question. Jason Pierre-Paul is going to cost a LOT more than Hankins. Think close to the five-year, $85 million deal Olivier Vernon got. Hankins is a good player, but he is not going to equal the four-year, $46.25 million deal Damon Harrison got from the Giants.
So, financially it would be much easier for the Giants to sign Hankins should they have to choose between the two. Thing is, from where I sit if you have to choose and you do it without financially crippling your ability to do anything else, I would take JPP.
Hankins is a good player. Pierre-Paul at his best is a great one. Also, defensive tackles are easier to find. I believe the Giants would have a much more difficult time replacing Pierre-Paul than they would Hankins, so if it is at all feasible I would choose Pierre-Paul.
@bigblueview the tight end free agent class doesn't look to good. Do you think we go after oj howard, who would fit perfectly in our system— JAMES (@ludajames) January 13, 2017
Ed says: I don’t know that it will be Howard. To be honest, I haven’t yet studied the draft class in any sort of depth. Maybe it is a free agent or someone like Bucky Hodges of Virginia Tech. Way too early to figure it out. I do, however, think upgrading the tight end position should be a priority for the Giants.
@bigblueview Might Terrelle Pryor possibly fit here? Numbers decent for first full yr as WR with no real QB.— Tom Bartzsch (@barchyman) January 13, 2017
Ed says: Talent-wise, maybe, but when you read about/study Pryor you realize he is a very polarizing figure who simply isn’t well liked in some circles. I think it’s highly unlikely the Giants would pursue him.
Jay Collins asks: If we move Flowers to the right, what are our best options to get a LT? Are they options in free agency or do we need to spend another 1st round pick on Oline?
Ed says: There isn’t an obvious answer to who plays left tackle if Ereck Flowers doesn’t. That’s why, as much as the guy has struggled, moving him is not a simple decision. There are very few decent left tackles scheduled to be free agents, and draft analysts say the 2017 class is not deep at the tackle spot. So, the pickings will be slim. That doesn’t mean the Giants can’t find one, just that there are not a lot of options.
Jorge Passapera asks: Any chance this time around the Giants go on a shopping spree like they did last year on Defense which worked out pretty good but this time they do it to improve the ANEMIC offense?
Ed says: Doubtful. That spree was unlike anything the Giants had ever done before, and it isn’t something you can — or should — do every year. GM Jerry Reese has already said the Giants won’t have that kind of money to spend in free agency this time around. I’m sure they will try to do some things, just don’t expect the sort of wild spending you saw last offseason.
Derek de Pinho asks: Is there any possibility at ll that victor cruz will take a 6.5 to 7 million dollar pay cut to remain with the team,and,even if he is willing,do the giants want him to?
Ed says: Too early to tell. It is, of course, always possible. What we don’t know yet is whether the Giants will offer him that option, or if they will choose to cut him and move on. Cruz carries a $9.4 million cap hit in 2017, and there is no way the Giants devote that much money to him. I’m in the camp that says put sentementality aside, move on and find a younger, bigger, stronger, faster guy to complement Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard.
Joe Santello asks: What are the chances of McAdoo getting fired if this offense fails as miserably again next year as it did this year?
Ed says: You’re kidding with that, right? McAdoo just won 11 games as a rookie head coach. Sure, the offense did not meet expectations, but every team has some type of issues. McAdoo isn’t going anywhere. More than likely, he is going to be coach of the Giants for the next several years.
Craig Massey asks: If you had to take a guess now, before free agency starts (it's still really early, I know); which position of need to you think the Giants address with their first-round draft pick: Offensive Tackle, Tight End, Defensive End, or Defensive Tackle?
Ed says: I know you will think it’s a wishy-washy answer, but I just don’t know yet. Let’s see who re-signs, who leaves and who the Giants are able to bring in via free agency. Then, we have to see who is available at No. 23 in the draft. Offensive line, tight end and maybe running back are, to me, needs on offense. They could look for a linebacker, an edge rusher, perhaps a defensive tackle or a cornerback on defense depending on who free agency works out.