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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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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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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