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Wink Martindale, Giants officially part ways

The Wink Martindale-New York Giants standoff is reportedly over. Per ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, the Giants and Martindale have “mutually parted ways.” The team confirmed the move on its website just after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Per Raanan, Martindale will be free to become a defensive coordinator elsewhere next season “without restrictions.” The Giants will keep the $3 million Martindale would have been paid under the final year of his contract.

Thus ends the saga of a contentious relationship between Martindale and head coach Brian Daboll.

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Other Giant observations

What are Giants’ options to finally fix their offensive line? | New York Post

If the past decade of New York Giants offensive lines has taught us anything, it’s to be certain that assembling the second-worst unit in NFL history isn’t the same as reaching rock bottom.

Barkley: Coaching issues not felt by players

Every NFL Roster's Biggest Weaknesses and Team Needs Entering 2024 Offseason | Bleacher Report

Top 2024 Free-Agency Target: OL Mike Onwenu, New England Patriots

Onwenu should top Joe Schoen's list in free agency. The 26-year-old has experience lining up at both guard spots and right tackle during his four years in New England. Also, he's been a quality player at each position, earning a good grade from Pro Football Focus every year of his career.

NFL rookie report card: Grading every 1st-round pick's debut season | theScore.com

24. Deonte Banks, CB, Giants

Banks was fine as a rookie despite playing in a Giants scheme that wasn't an ideal fit for his game. Once New York played more zone coverage, however, the Maryland product showed why he was a first-round pick. Overall, he allowed 55.2% pass completion and a 79.6 passer rating when targeted. The 23-year-old finished with 64 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and two INTs, the most among 2023 first-round rookies.

Wink Martindale is gone, but Giants’ Deonte Banks has no concerns about becoming a star in a new defense | NJ.com

Deonte Banks has a well-earned reputation as a man-to-man coverage cornerback.

And defensive coordinator Wink Martindale loves playing man coverage.

Banks will be rocking the #3 next year

2024 NFL Draft: Updated team fits for the top quarterback prospects | PFF

If the Giants have a shot at LSU’s Jayden Daniels, they should take it. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was electric this season. He finished 2023 with a 94.7 overall PFF grade, a 92.0 PFF passing grade and a 92.4 PFF rushing grade. He posted 29 big-time throws and 41 explosive rushes (10 yards or more). He would be the dual-threat player on a rookie contract who could help accelerate their team building.

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Bears go QB after trading Justin Fields and add top-10 WR | CBSSports.com

6. New York Giants: Brock Bowers TE. The Giants simply go best player available, and in Bowers they get a three-down tight end who has a direct positive impact on the quarterback for the Giants.

2024 NFL mock draft: Falcons, Bears pull off big trade; Caleb Williams goes No. 1 | The Athletic

6. New York Giants: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

As tempting as this WR class is, the Giants have to give Daniel Jones (or any quarterback who stands back there) more help — again. Alt (6-7, 322) will be OT1 on some boards after a fantastic junior season with the Irish. He still moves like the 220-pound tight end he was in high school.

Around the league

Jalen Hurts injury update: Testing reportedly showed no fracture in his finger | Bleeding Green Nation

Mike McCarthy on first playoff matchup vs. Packers: ‘I’m a Dallas Cowboy’ | CBSSports.com

Washington Commanders request interview with Cowboys DC Dan Quinn | Hogs Haven

Pete Carroll out as Seahawks head coach after 14 seasons, to remain with team as advisor | NFL.com

Bears to keep head coach Matt Eberflus, fire OC Luke Getsy | ESPN.com

Titans request interview with Antonio Pierce | Pro Football Talk

Panthers TE Hayden Hurst: 'Too many voices' in Bryce Young's ear hurt rookie QB | NFL.com

Kwesi Adofo Mensah: "Certainly my intention" to bring Kirk Cousins back | Pro Football Talk

Browns' Amari Cooper ready to return for Round 2 vs. Texans | ESPN.com

John Harbaugh: Dalvin Cook isn’t an insurance policy but a “potentially valuable weapon” | Pro Football Talk

Dolphins at Chiefs could be the coldest game in history for both franchises | CBSSports.com

Chiefs defensive end Charles Omenihu offering fans Peacock subscriptions to watch Dolphins-Chiefs playoff game | CBSSports.com

NFL regular-season games see 7% increase in viewers; 17.9 million average second-highest since 2015 | NFL.com

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