This is sort of like whenever I eat chicken wings, I always want to eat more chicken wings. In my mind, there’s no chicken wing limit, but my innards have a salary cap of sorts.
Of course the Giants are going to say that they’d like to re-sign their pending free agent tight end Martellus Bennett, who was an important if often underused part of their offense throughout this past season. And of course they’re going pursue Kevin Boothe, an equally integral guy who’s tasked with keeping Eli Manning standing upright. But doing both of those things with $9 million in salary cap space that’s really only about $3 million due to the restricted free agent tenders they’re tied to (including Victor Cruz)? Yeah, not easy.
Yet that’s where we’re at with the G-men days before the beginning of free agency, with Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reporting that they’d still like to re-sign both Bennett and Boothe by Tuesday. That will require some significant contract creativity, even after the release of Ahmad Bradshaw and others, and even after cornerback Corey Webster agreed to a $3 million pay cut yesterday. As Vacchiano also notes, the Giants’ needs and priorities are widespread.
When they’re allowed to begin negotiating with free agents on 12:01 a.m. Saturday — the start of a three-day negotiating window before the signing period actually begins — a team source said they’ll be looking for bargains at defensive tackle (where they cut Chris Canty) and linebacker (where they cut Michael Boley and may lose Chase Blackburn to free agency) in the hopes of strengthening a defense that finished 31st in the league last season.