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John Jerry contract adjusted
Veteran guard John Jerry will return to the Giants in 2018, but with a lowered cap hit and a year removed from his contract. The Giants have re-structured Jerry’s contract, lowering the 2018 salary cap hit from roughly $4.1 million to $3.6 million. Jerry’s three-year contract is now a two-year deal that will allow him to become a free agent after the 2018 season. The Giants rolled Jerry’s pro-rated 2019 roster bonus of $800,000 into his 2018 cap figure.
Jerry’s salary was reduced from $3.325 million to $2 million, $925,000 of which is a signing bonus. Jerry gets a $400,000 roster bonus and a $500,000 in per-game bonuses.
Joel Klatt after Sam Darnold's Pro Day: 'The NY Giants are on the clock because the #1 pick was totally solidified today' | FOX Sports
FOX NFL Draft analyst Joel Klatt attended USC quarterback Sam Darnold's Pro Day today and came away with a strong impression of the signal caller. Will the Cleveland Browns listen and pick Darnold first overall?
NFL Draft: Early guess at how Top 5 picks could go | SI.com
Some early guesswork on how the top of the first round might go. Plus thoughts on the new pro football league and upcoming rules discussion, and mailbag topics including the importance of draft picks, Nate Solder’s value and more
A lot can happen in 36 days. The draft is five weeks and one day away, and it’s still too early to have any solid opinion on the precise order of players. But—and this is purely based on team needs and how the general managers involved see this draft—it’s not too early to guess wildly. I’d go USC quarterback Sam Darnold to Cleveland at one; he can use much of the season, or all, to sit and learn because the Browns aren’t going anywhere this year. I’d go with a Giants’ trade at two to Buffalo for a slew of picks, with the Bills taking strong-armed Josh Allen of Wyoming. Jim Kelly II. At three, I’ll give the Jets Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield. A guess, based on Mayfield being able to handle the crap that goes along with the back pages and the pressure of being in greater New York. At four, my guess is the Giants trading about 70 percent of what they got in the Buffalo deal to move back up with Cleveland. GM Dave Gettleman should take UCLA passer Josh Rosen, and he might. But I’ll bet in this scenario he picks generational running back Saquon Barkley, to give the Giants their best backfield weapon since Frank Gifford. So here comes five. And I think GM John Elway thinks hard, thinks of Rosen, and gets the You cannot pass on Bradley Chubb here because we’ll have the best pass-rush in football for the next five years talk from his staff. So, five weeks from the draft (and it will change nine times till then) give me, 1 through 5, Darnold, Allen, Mayfield, Barkley and Chubb.