If a Giants fan were to wake up from a 3 month coma it would not be hard for them to figure out that Jerry Reese is no longer the Giants General Manager. In the past couple weeks (officially as of 4pm yesterday) the Giants have made roster moves that fans have been begging for, for the past few years. Dave Gettleman who took the role of GM in December has attacked the FA market and also made a trade to improve clear holes for the Giants.
Official Acquisitions Include:
LT Nate Solder– Four-year, $62 million contract includes $34.8 million guaranteed and a $16 million signing bonus. Past few years have been embarrassing for the Giants up front. They have been either last or close to the bottom in running, and if it weren’t for Eli getting rid of the ball extremely quick their sack rates would be close to bottom as well. Improvement to the Oline was essential and although he may have been a bit overpaid it was important to get Nate after missing out on Guard Andrew Norwell. Nate was the second best OL on the market and with Erick Flowers struggles at LT it was important to get someone to replace him.
RB Jonathan Stewart– Two-year, $6.9 million contract includes $2.95 million guaranteed. Ugh, did not like this pick up. I think Stewart is a good player but he is a running back on the wrong side of 30. This feels like the Rashad Jennings signing a few years ago… except Stewart is already 31 and Jennings was 28. Don’t like the deal.
LB Alec Ogletree– The Giants traded for Alec from the L.A. Rams along with the Rams’ seventh-round pick in 2019 for the Giants’ fourth and sixth-round pick in the 2018 draft. Ogletree comes with a four-year, $42 million contract. This has to be the best LB the Giants have had since Antonio Pierce. Gettleman obviously values LBs more than Reese ever did. It has been a weekspot for the Giants since the start of the is decade. The Giants were high on Ogletree during the 2013 draft but felt taking him at 19 would have been too high. Ended up taking Justin Pugh. He’s a fast LB who has had some trouble wrapping guys up but at 26 (27 when the season starts) the value we got for him is hard to argue with. I love the trade.
OLB Kareem Martin-Three-year, $21 million deal includes $7.5 million guaranteed. ANOTHER LB?!?! Yes but much less impact. The 6’6 outside linebacker seems like more of a DE in a 4-3 defense. The Giants have spoken about possibly switching to a 3-4 scheme which would certainly benefit Martin. He isn’t a great pass rusher, but he showed flashed last year for the Cardinals. The Giants needed LB help and Martin may end up being a poor man’s Mathias Kiwanuka. Good Nothing special. Nice to see Gettleman show interest in the LB position though.
CB/Special Teams Teddy Williams-One-year, $880,000 deal includes a $60,000 signing bonus. Williams has not played since 2016 due to injury but he provides some dept at corner, and more known as a great special team player. Nice Pick up
OL Patrick Omameh- Contract Details not yet available. Gettleman was serious about getting guys who are starters on the Oline rather than just more dept at the position. Omameh was okay last year not great, but he was part of the best rushing line in the NFL last year. Solid Pick Up