Any time a veteran player is released, we always wonder if the New York Giants should be interested in him.
The Seattle Seahawks released center Justin Britt on Sunday, and he is one of those vets in whom the Giants should have an interest.
SOURCES: The Seattle #Seahawks are prepared to release center Justin Britt. The move will save Seattle about $8.5 million in cap space. Guard DJ Fluker just announced that he has been released, via Twitter. That move saves about $3.6 million.— Aaron J. Fentress (@AaronJFentress) April 26, 2020
The Seahawks signed Britt to a three-year, $27 million extension in 2017, and his release was done more to generate cap space than as a commentary on his ability.
Pursuing and signing Britt would be complicated for the Giants, as he missed the final eight games last year with a torn ACL and was released with a “failed physical” designation. As teams are currently unable to bring players in for interviews, workouts, or physicals, pursuing or investigating Britt might have to wait.
That being said, Britt is still on the right side of 30 as he will be 29 when the season starts. He was also an effective player before his injury and certainly better than any of the Giants’ options at center.
Britt was originally drafted by the Seahawks out of Missouri in the second round of the 2014 draft. He entered the league at right tackle and initially struggled at the position before moving to guard and finally center. Over the last four years, Britt has only been charged with giving up 1 sack and committing 11 penalties, per the Washington Post.
The Giants currently believe they have four options at center: Jon Halapio (recovering from a ruptured Achilles), Spencer Pulley, Nick Gates, and Shane Lemieux. Britt would give them a player with starting and playoff experience at the position, and experience calling protections against some of the best defenses, and defensive players, in the NFL.
The view here is that the Giants should, at the very least, be considering a one- or two-year “prove it” deal.