The developments in free agency over the past few days have changed the complexion of the New York Giants. So, let’s open up the Big Blue View mailbag and see what drops out.
Why is Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris still on this team— NYMets1975 (@ThunderDan75) March 16, 2018
Ed says: Because they haven’t been cut yet? Sorry, that’s too sarcastic. Honestly, only Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur know for sure and they aren’t going to tell us. All I can do is speculate. Both Brandon Marshall and Dwayne Harris finished last season on IR. It is possible neither can yet pass a physical. In that case, the Giants would have to pay each player an injury settlement if they were waived — thus the financial savings would not be as great as it would be otherwise. Now, I don’t know if either can pass a physical at this point. It is, however, the only thing that makes sense. This is what happened with J.T. Thomas last year and why he was not cut in the offseason.
#bbvmailbag with Gettleman filling most holes via FA and not wanting to “shop hungry” which positions do you see him targeting in the draft and when? I see Barkley in 1, a G in 2, and a LB or CB in 3( maybe WR Pettis if available)— Tim Schlesser (@5_4FightingFire) March 16, 2018
Ed says: I have been saying this for years, and it needs to be said again. You simply cannot go into the draft with the idea that in Round 1 I take Position A, Round 2 Position B, Round 3 Position C, etc. Do that and you reach, you make mistakes you leave good players on the board and take lesser ones because, well, it didn’t matter who was available, I had to have a guard in the second round.
Positional need is always a factor and comes in to play when grades on players are equal. Remember, though, your needs in September or October can look a lot different than they do in April.
Is there enough salary cap space to go after the Honey Badger? I thought we already had very little space even before Solder came. Who could be cut or restructured to make more room and do you expect Gettleman to go after Mathieu? #bbvmailbag— Dani Minkove (@Dmink30) March 16, 2018
Ed says: There are always ways to massage the salary cap to get a guy if you really want him. I do think the Giants have kicked the tires on Tyrann Mathieu, but so have a lot of other teams. Can the Giants get him? We’ll find out. [By the way, the answer is no. Mathieu is going to the Texans.]
After the initial FA frenzy, what's the biggest "need" left for FA or draft? #bbvmailbag— Michael Kanick (@mkanick) March 16, 2018
Ed says: My $.02 is that the biggest need remains in the secondary. It looks like Ross Cockrell isn’t coming back. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was cut. The Giants have signed a couple of journeymen special teamers, but no significant players in the secondary. They could use help at corner and free safety.
Is it crazy to suggest we trade Beckham to the Browns for 1 and 4? Would that be a solid trade or should they ask for more?— Oscar Nieves Martir (@nievesmartir) March 16, 2018
Ed says: It isn’t crazy to suggest it. In my opinion, it is crazy to think the Cleveland Browns would do that. Think about it — the Browns are in position to draft a generational talent at running back in Saquon Barkley. And then to get their quarterback of the future. Why would they give that up in exchange for Odell Beckham Jr.? They would be foolish to do that, and I do not think Cleveland GM John Dorsey is a fool.
@bigblueview any chance the Giants interest in Mayfield is real? They have been showing a lot of interest— Mike Manacchio (@italianboyy22) March 16, 2018
Ed says: Always a chance. I’m not buying, though. I know offensive coordinator Mike Shula was at Baker Mayfield’s Pro Day along with some other representatives of the Giants, and that they had him in for an interview. Remember, though, Oklahoma also has several other draftable players the Giants could have been looking at.
There is a lot of gamesmanship at this time of the year between teams. There are many who think Mayfield is the quarterback the Cleveland Browns want. I don’t think the Giants want Mayfield. What better scenario for the Giants, though, than to make Cleveland think that if they want Mayfield they have to take him at No. 1, thus leaving all the players there that the Giants actually do want?
I can’t say for certain that is what the Giants are doing. I just do not believe Mayfield is the Giants’ guy.