Joe Judge is ready to bring the Giants into the new decade for the better, and it seems like Gettleman and ownership are ready too. So here are my REALISTIC Offseason predictions:
Leonard Williams will stay and Markus Golden will go.
Honestly, if I was the GM, this would be the other way around, but Gettleman has to justify trading for Williams (which by the way shouldn’t have happened in the first place) and so this is what I expect to happen. Not to say Williams isn’t a good player, but he is already taking up a lot of draft capital and money that would be better spent on younger players with more potential. I expect him to get a three to four-year deal in the 12-14 million dollar area, which I think is reasonable assuming there is at most half the money guaranteed and it is cheaper towards the end of the contract. This would give them the ability to maintain him if he produces well and if not we could cut our losses and lose most of our cap space right now when we have a lot. Also, as a result, Golden can’t be maintained because he will demand too much money for his single year of production.
Although these are almost impossible to predict, I did my best. First off, I have Jacksonville trading Yannick Ngakuoe, a 2020 1st rounder, a 2020 second-rounder to the Giants. In exchange, New York would trade a 2020 1st rounder and a 2020 5th rounder. Yannick Ngakuoe’s exact value is still unknown, but now that he’s been franchise tagged, the only way to acquire him this year is through trade. Ngakuoe has expressed that he will not play for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Meanwhile, he’s been posting and commenting on social media that he would like to be a New York Giant. So, how do we get him? Well, maybe we can kill two birds with one stone by trading back in the draft, acquiring an extra second-rounder, and a franchise pass rusher in the same deal. While Giants fans might argue we should try and get more and Jags fans might say the Giants are getting too much, I feel that this deal is realistic because both sides win. The fact is that the Jags tagged Yannick to trade him, and the Giants need a pass-rush. With this deal, the Giants move back a few spots where they can still draft a top defender or offensive lineman, and get an extra second they can use on a top receiver. Meanwhile, the Jags get a chance to draft a top defender, wide receiver, or quarterback if they decide that’s what they want to do. Ultimately, though I feel the Giants might not get their favorite player in the draft, this would still be very beneficial and I could see Gettleman doing it as he is trying to save his job.
Given that they traded down, I have the Giants taking offensive tackle Mekhi Becton at 8, and LB Zack Baun at 36.
Now that the Giants have a lower first-rounder, there is less uncertainty about who/what position they should take. Furthermore, Becton and Gettleman are a match made in heaven. While the GM has said he wants a “Strahan level player”, Gettleman also knows he will get scrutinized badly if he doesn’t address the offensive line in the draft, so I expect him to get that out of the way early. Furthermore, Becton would probably be best described as a “Hog Mollie,” as he is a massive 6”7 368 pounds. Combine that with the fact that Gettleman already acquired Ngakuoe as a defensive playmaker, he fits perfectly. In addition, Baun would make an excellent linebacker alongside Ryan Connelly, as the two could develop together and become cornerstones of the new defense.
Signing/Not Re-signing #1: Ted Karras joins Big Blue, Remmers goes and Gates takes over as RT
Jon Halapio and Spencer Pulley have clearly not done enough to show that they are starting-caliber centers, and if Judge and Gettleman want to develop Daniel Jones in the best way possible, they need to have no holes on the O-line. Thus, Karras would be a cheap-ish option at center as a proven veteran who would not be a liability and would be the most consistent G-Men center since Weston Richburg. Meanwhile, though Remmers was a respectable starting right tackle during his single year with the Giants, Gates has done enough to prove he can hold his own on the line, and frankly, the Giants can’t afford to invest heavily into every hole on their team. Remmers, unfortunately, won’t be resigned.
While Robey-Coleman hasn’t been officially released yet, both him and Waynes are lower value cornerbacks that could definitely work well alongside Deandre Baker. Especially if the Giants can generate a pass rush this year (which I actually do expect), the secondary will be able to play much better and both of these veterans could be in line for great seasons if Gettleman signs them.
While I expect other smaller free agents to be signed, I would feel confident that a team like this would be able to make a run at a playoff spot, but more importantly will push the Giants in the right direction and give us more hope for the future.
QB Daniel Jones
RB Saquon Barkley
WR Darius Slayton
WR Sterling Shepard
WR Golden Tate
TE Evan Engram (Kaden Smith if he’s not ready at the beginning of the season)
LT Meckhi Becton
LG Will Hernandez
C Tom Karras
RG Kevin Zeitler
RT Nick Gates
DT Dexter Lawrence
NT Dalvin Tomlinson
DT Leonard Williams
ROLB Yannick Ngakuoe
ILB Zack Baun
ILB Ryan Connelly
LOLB Oshane Ximines
CB Deandre Baker
S Julian Love
S Jabrill Peppers
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
Nickel Trae Waynes