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2020 NFL free agency: Graham Glasgow an option for Giants at center?

Lions appear set to let versatile lineman leave in free agency

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The New York Giants have a need at center. The Detroit Lions are letting Graham Glasgow, who has split his time in four NFL seasons between center and guard, hit the free agent market.

So, could Glasgow be an options for the Giants at center? Let’s take a closer look.

The basics

Age: 28 in 2020 season
Height: 6-foot-6 | Weight: 310
Position: Center
Experience: 4
2020 salary: $2.025 million

Pro Football Focus: Games played: 15 | Snaps: 872 (788 at guard, 84 at center) ... In 2018, Glasgow played 1,074 of his 1,076 snaps at center | Overall grade: 74.1 | Pass blocking: 69.0 | Sacks allowed: 0 | Pressures: 25 | Run blocking: 74.2

The skinny

The big question is, with Spotrac estimating the Lions are sitting on $46.8 million in cap space, why is Detroit letting Glasgow hit the market? This, after all, is a multi-position player still in his prime who has started 58 games over four seasons.

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press certainly doesn’t understand the rationale:

Glasgow, who spent five seasons at Michigan football and played the last four years with the Lions, will be one of the most coveted offensive linemen in a free agent market that should be flush with cash regardless of whether players approve a new collective bargaining agreement this weekend.

He’s still in the prime of his career, a few months shy of his 28th birthday. He’s dependable, having missed just one game the last four seasons because of injury. He’s versatile, capable of playing every interior line position. And he’s been one of the Lions’ best blockers for the duration of his career.

That’s why the decision to let Glasgow go is a head-scratcher for a team that says it values all those traits and has invested heavily – with mixed results – in its offensive line over the years.

Birkett says Glasgow can expect to make more than $10 million per year, saying he is the No. 2 interior offensive lineman likely to hit the market behind New England Patriots guard Joe Thuney.

Jeremy Reisman of SB Nation’s Pride of Detroit said Reisman gave the Lions “four seasons of consistent, solid play at all three interior offensive line positions.”

With Will Hernandez and Kevin Zeitler the Giants appear set at guard. Center, of course, is a different story.

Could Glasgow be the answer? Your thoughts, Giants fans?