The New York Giants have made some pretty aggressive moves in the offseason so far, which suggests co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch finally understand that change needs to happen immediately. After two consecutive 6-10 records and the worst-ranking defense in the league, general manager Jerry Reese hardly hesitated to drop big money for the talent needed to revitalize the Giants’ defense – something New York rarely does.
On Wednesday Mar. 9th, the franchise spent a total $206 million to bring on defensive end Olivier Vernon, cornerback Janoris Jenkis, and defensive tackle Damon Harrison, alongside resigning veteran defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to a one-year contract.
Because of these offseason moves, the Giants’ defense looks as though it has a chance at competiveness next season, something it hasn’t achieved since their last Super Bowl title of 2012.
“I knew it had the potential to be like this, and it’s very exciting,” said Tisch. “The fans are happy, the players are happy, Coach McAdoo and his staff are happy, and the owners are happy. When does that happen?”
The answer to that question is never. And truthfully, while bringing on fresh defensive talent can only help, the Giants still need a lot more than four defensive players out of this offseason if they hope to claim the NFC East anytime soon.
“I think we would like to add another offensive lineman somewhere down the line, as well as another corner and another receiver,” said Mara. “There are still players we’re looking at. We may have to wait until the draft if the players the Giants want aren’t there in free agency. Obviously at a lower level in terms of compensation, but I still think we have some holes to fill.”
Post spending $206 million, the Giants still have $25 million left before they hit their salary cap, and it’s highly anticipated that the money will be spent to patch up the remaining offensive holes. Even though veteran slot receiver Victor Cruz was resigned for the upcoming season, his faulty health is reason enough for the franchise to pursue a receiver who can balance Odell Beckham Jr., and provide quarterback Eli Manning with look options.