If Sandra Bullock has taught me anything, it’s that Michael Oher needs the gentle help of a kind woman to learn the finer points of playing left tackle. Also, protecting the blind side is pretty important. Just ask Joe Theismann’s leg.
That’s why if the Giants wished to maintain their league best offensive line which allowed only 20 sacks, re-signing Will Beatty was a good idea. So here we are, telling you that the Giants have re-signed Will Beatty.
Or more accurately, Adam Schefter has told us the Giants re-signed Beatty, and he’ll now be around for five more years at a cost of $38.75 million. This was very much expected, as while the Giants’ attention now turns to retaining Martellus Bennett and his life-saving ability, Beatty was a far greater priority if the goal is to ensure that Eli Manning’s limbs remain in their correct position. Of those 20 sacks allowed, only three of them came from a pass rusher assigned to Beatty during Manning’s 536 drop backs this past season. Beatty also didn’t allow a single quarterback hit, according to Pro Football Focus.
For those with either Manning or David Wilson in keeper leagues, this news is quite good. And for those hoping to find good value with Bennett again next August, this is potentially and likely bad news after the Giants quite correctly prioritized their left tackle. The salary cap wasn’t kind to Big Blue, as even after a list of cuts that saw Ahmad Bradshaw and Chris Canty join the ranks of the unemployed among others, the Giants are still only barely under the cap.
Now after Beatty’s signing and with restricted free agent Victory Cruz still clearly a top priority, Bennett and his 90 targets could soon be playing for his third team in three years, especially after owner John Mara said his team likely won’t use the franchise tag.