The Giants took some surprising measures on Friday. Although understandable, it locked defensive guard Logan Ryan for a long time. This deal will have a significant impact on the team’s roster construction in 2021.
That is: it will be difficult for them to re-sign one (or both) of their two most important upcoming free agents, which may affect their ability to sign important players from outside the lineup.
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However, regardless of the structure, the Giants’ salary space in 2021 will be greatly reduced, and they are also capable of re-signing two talented defensive rebounders Leonard Williams and/or Dalvin Tomlinson and other players. If the ceiling drops to the expected $175 million, the Giants will have a space of $16.8 million before the Ryan trade.
Williams played the 2020 season with a $16.1 million franchise. After the end of his career (8.5 sacks, 15 hits), he is expected to seek contracts with other elite defensive linemen, approximately at the Packers Team’s Kenny Clark ($70 million) for four years) and Chiefs’ Chris Jones ($80 million for four years).
“I just try to control what I can control. So far, I have had a great time here,” Williams said on Thursday. “I love the guys on this team. I like to play with these guys. I have established relationships with many players on the team. I like the direction of this new coaching team. No matter how long I have been, I have always been a giant. And proud. If this year is over, then this year is over. But either way, I’m very happy to wear these colors and play this season. It’s fun to be part of this defense and this team.”
Tomlinson did not give particularly impressive statistics (43 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 6 QB shooting percentage), but is considered to be one of the best midway defensive tackles in the NFL. Spotrac’s Tomlinson is expected to earn approximately $9.5 million per season, with Viking’s Michael Pierce ($27 million in three years) and the Bears’ Ethiopia Eddie Goldman ($42 million in four years) has similar recent deals.
“I am loyal,” Tomlinson said in November. “This is a family. But I don’t pay attention to any (contract) content. I only focus on one week at a time.
The Giants are expected to release a bigger catcher Jin Taite, which will clear $6.1 million in cap space. Linebacker David Mayo (saving $2.3 million), low-end Levin Toilolo ($2.95 million) and wide receiver Cody Corey ($2 million) are all dispensable players. It can also be cut to save money.
The Giants must also decide how to deal with Nate Solder, who has not yet ruled out the possibility of retirement. Sill opted out of the 2020 season and postponed his contract for a year. His salary cap on the books reached a peak of $16.5 million in 2021, but he is not a starter for rookies Andrew Thomas and Matt Peart. The Giants can reduce his status and save $6 million, although they will also incur a rigid fine of $10.5 million.
Right back Kevin Zeitler (saving $12 million) may also be a candidate for layoffs (or trades), but he has been the best and most stable forward for the Giants this season. Due to the uncertainty of other positions on the offensive line, it is unwise for the Giants to give up the most stable performance. They can also extend Zeitler’s contract, which is set to expire in 2021, to reduce his $14.5 million cap. However, he is 30 years old this year.
If the giants traded Evan Engram (Evan Engram), they could save $6 million, although it seems unlikely for now.
Other candidates who may be candidates for postponement to reduce the total salary in 2020 are: cornerback James Bradbury (expires after the 2022 season), guard Blake Martinez (2022) and safety Jabril Peppers (2021).
In any case, if the Giants do cut Solder (as well as Tate, Core, Toilolo and Mayo), they will get about $30 million in space with an estimated $175 million cap, and if they cut/trade Zeitler, they will receive $42 million. Ryan will take a large sum of money from it, and so will the new deals of Williams or Tomlinson.
Then, the Giants will have to be creative and find ways to fill other vacancies in their lineup, namely at wider receivers, guards and guards.
Daniel Jones may return to the game as a quarterback in 2021, so acclaimed players are especially worth watching.
This is a long-established free agent market, with a wide range of receivers, like Alan Robinson, Kenny Golady, Will Fuller, Chris Godwin, Corey Day Professional bowl calibre players like Weiss and Juju Smith-Schuster. Spotrac expects their contract revenue per season to be 10-20 million US dollars. The next broad category of receivers available includes TY Hilton, Marvin Jones, Curtis Samuel, Nelson Agholor, Sammy Watkins and AJ Green.
If the Giants plan to sign Williams in addition to the new Ryan deal, it will become more difficult to take over the receiver from the first level.
They can also target positions in the NFL draft, like LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase and Alabama duo Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith are expected to be selected in the Giants draft.
The Giants have 6 draft picks and are currently expected to pick 10th.
Obviously, the decision to re-sign Ryan will have a major impact on the performance of the Giants in the 2021 offseason.
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