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Giants G.M. acknowledges the “free” in free agency

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Although Giants coach Tom Coughlin has complained that his team didn’t receive a chance to match the offer receiver Steve Smith surprisingly accepted from the Eagles, Giants G.M. Jerry Reese acknowledges that when a guy is a free agent it means that he’s, you know, free.

“People change rosters,” Reese told reporters Thursday, via Nate Davis of USA Today.  “It’s called free agency for a reason. Those guys are free to go somewhere else. We made responsible offers to everybody.  Sometimes it doesn’t work out the way you want it to work out, but we play the hand we’re dealt and we’ll win with it.”

And so Reese isn’t bothered (or, if he is, he isn’t saying it) by the departure of Smith or any other former Giants.

“I’m not blindsided or surprised by anything in free agency,” Reese said.  “It is what it is.  Like I said, it’s almost a dog-eat-dog situation in free agency sometimes.”

Still, the fans are getting upset with the departures, especially since the Giants haven’t won a playoff game since Super Bowl XLII.  (If it’s any consolation, neither have the Patriots.)  But Reese says he can take the heat.

“I’ll show you how under the microscope I get,” Reese said.  “From the very beginning, it’s pretty vicious the mail I got.  This is a big boy’s sport.  If you are thin-skinned in this market or in the National Football League, period, you’re in the wrong job.  I am tougher than I look.”

He’s right.  The passion that fans have for the game manifests itself in many ways, including passionate criticism of anyone who may be undermining their team’s interests.  If they didn’t have that passion, football wouldn’t be football.

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27 Responses to “Giants G.M. acknowledges the “free” in free agency”
  1. thephantomstranger says: Aug 12, 2011 11:38 AM

    Still, the fans are getting upset with the departures, especially since the Giants haven’t won a playoff game since Super Bowl XLII.
    ______

    What do Lions fans think when they read that?

  2. careerender56 says: Aug 12, 2011 11:47 AM

    I do not expect, not want, him to be aplogizing or freaking out. But to stick to hte line that you made responsible offers is ludicrous. what hte Eagels gave smith was not un-matchable or unbeatable, at hte very least bid higher and force the eagels to may more for him. I am all for not making splashy moves but do not lie to your fans and pretend that youdid all that you could to keep key players.

    Reese better make damn good offers to manningham and Terrell Thomas this year, because if he lets them walk he will be walking too

  3. careerender56 says: Aug 12, 2011 11:48 AM

    *the *pay

  4. polishrod says: Aug 12, 2011 11:48 AM

    Dear Mr Reese,

    Thanks for coming to your senses. Now consider firing your “official spokesperson” for alienating the majority of your MOST PASSIONATE fans over the last few days.

    Or at least send him to some sort of PR training because his degree in Waste Management isn’t helping sell any season tickets.

    Also, consider lowering your season ticket cost to something under $100,000 and consider signing T.O.

    Signed,

    Smiling NJ Eagles Fan

  5. hobartbaker says: Aug 12, 2011 11:51 AM

    Sticks and stones may hurt Jerry’s bones, but words don’t bother him. Well, sticks, stones, being poked by a finger, strong gusts of wind, sharp looks, crumpled wads of paper thrown towards the trash can, unfluffed pillows……..

  6. xtb3 says: Aug 12, 2011 12:02 PM

    if mara gave him a checkbook, of coirse he’d go after the best out there. mara is broke because of stadium.

    open your eyes.

    and dont believe the cap crap they are shoving. from 2 years ago the cap is greatly raised but only bigger salary brought in was rolle and last year. but in last 2 years bigger salaries like boss, pierce, burress even, ohara, seubert, smith and others are gone so how did giants lose all their cap room?

    mara is cash broke – he put himself into this bind and has ruined the team for years to come.

  7. nfl fan says: Aug 12, 2011 12:03 PM

    Chant it at the beginning of each quarter…Hey Hey, Ho Ho, Jerry Reese has to go!

    Do the wave while you’re at it since the football will be boring.

  8. kev86 says: Aug 12, 2011 12:03 PM

    During the 2010 season, the Giants offered Smith a deal that was potentially worth $35 million ($15 guaranteed) over five years.

    Smith “balked” at it, believing he was worth more.

    His knee must be really bad considering how the Giants changed their tune.

    I choose not to believe the player/agent that were seeking $$$ and will go with the Doctor on the Giants staff.

    GO BLUE

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 12, 2011 12:07 PM

    Go get Moss.

  10. granadafan says: Aug 12, 2011 12:12 PM

    “Giants G.M. Jerry Reese acknowledges that when a guy is a free agent it means that he’s, you know, free.”
    ——————————————————————————–

    This can’t be. According to Adrian Peterson, they’re all slaves. Did Steve Smith sneak through the slave tunnel to the freedom of Phillie with the help of Harriet Tubman?

  11. gcsuk says: Aug 12, 2011 12:14 PM

    @careerender56
    Cap space is totally different for the 2 teams. Can’t compare the Giants signing abilities and the Eagles signing abilities. The Eagles, even AFTER all the signings, had more space available to make a better offer to Smith, a player who may or may not be able to play much (if at all) this season.

    Remember, the Eagles let ALL their own free agents go. Not re-signing any of them left them plenty of cap room to make more signings. Should the Giants have done the same thing? What if the Giants had let Bradshaw go as well? Think Giants fans are PO’ed now? What would you think if they let Bradshaw walk?

  12. gpete1962 says: Aug 12, 2011 12:22 PM

    Are the Mara’s holding Reese back?????

    You can bet your A$$ they are !!

    Just a bunch of cheap pr!cks only worried about PSL’s and ticket sales.

    The real problem is, There are to many blood sucking Mara’s feeding off the Jersey tax payer and the loyal Giant fans !!

  13. thephantomstranger says: Aug 12, 2011 12:33 PM

    careerender56 says:
    Aug 12, 2011 11:48 AM
    *the *pay
    ________

    Dude, you had like 12 typos in that comment. Correcting two of them doesn’t make it better.

  14. hooks024 says: Aug 12, 2011 12:48 PM

    As a die hard giants fan, I say, “oh well” to the departure of so many from the superbowl team. Most are aging and needed to be replaced. We should be more worried about thin d back corps, and a cb who says he won’t play safety. Our wr corps should be just fine as is, and we should suspends osi if he won’t play for $ 6 million, because if you can’t stop the run, unless you rack up 30 sacks, you aren’t worth that much. Let him age another 2 years before he gets a chance to look for more money.

  15. themage78 says: Aug 12, 2011 12:55 PM

    Let’s see Reese didn’t overpay for Plax, who has been in Jail for 2 years and undergoing an MRI now. Nor did he overpay for Smith, who is still not 100% nor might be until the end of the season.
    The Giants doctor did the surgery, so don’t you think they know how well he is doing? $2 million guaranteed for 8 games is kinda crazy.

  16. alorenz30 says: Aug 12, 2011 1:05 PM

    I don’t see the big deal about losing Smith and Boss. The offense was fine last year with Smith out and Boss seemed to take bad hits every time he caught a ball. He seemed like a major injury waiting to happen. Eli needs to cut down on the INTs this year and Bradshaw on the fumbles, that was their biggest problem.

  17. spkriegs says: Aug 12, 2011 1:09 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Aug 12, 2011 11:38 AM

    What do Lions fans think when they read that?

    —————

    They think, “What’s a playoff game?”

  18. gallaghedj311 says: Aug 12, 2011 2:04 PM

    Mr Reese, thank u for making my 3day business trip to NY enjoyable. It sucked up until Wednesday..

    Sincerely,

    An Eagles fan!

  19. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 12, 2011 2:19 PM

    Steve will be begging to come back here.

    And I dunno how this clown up above figures Mara is broke, when they’ve been getting money from 8-10 different streams even during the lockout.

    AND THAT’S JUST FROM THE STADIUM ALONE.

  20. whathappenedtovox says: Aug 12, 2011 2:29 PM

    Giants fans have been downright despicable. I couldn’t believe the behavior of Steve Smith’s facebook page. People telling his he hopes he breaks his leg, racist stuff, just all around a terrible display of humanity.

    Granted, the Giants had an atrocious offseason, but that’s no reason to wish severe injury on someone. Shameful.

  21. berniemadoffsides says: Aug 12, 2011 2:42 PM

    I trust Reese completely. More than Coughlin, and I like TC a lot. Not worried at all about our roster. We were a 12-4 team that lost 2 games because of a rookie punter. Manningham showed his value last season – zero worries here.

    The rest of the Chicken Littles will come around once those W’s pile up…

  22. fmwarner says: Aug 12, 2011 3:10 PM

    berniemadoffsides says: Aug 12, 2011 2:42 PM

    I trust Reese completely. More than Coughlin, and I like TC a lot. Not worried at all about our roster. We were a 12-4 team that lost 2 games because of a rookie punter. Manningham showed his value last season – zero worries here.

    The rest of the Chicken Littles will come around once those W’s pile up…
    ==================================

    Your own most beloved coach would disagree.

    “You are what your record says you are.”

  23. giantrealist says: Aug 12, 2011 4:10 PM

    That’s right Jerry, it’s a dog eat dog business. The Eagles are Pit Bulls and you turned my Giants into poodles.

  24. zeussuperman says: Aug 12, 2011 4:18 PM

    whathappenedtovox says: Aug 12, 2011 2:29 PM

    Giants fans have been downright despicable. I couldn’t believe the behavior of Steve Smith’s facebook page. People telling his he hopes he breaks his leg, racist stuff, just all around a terrible display of humanity.

    Granted, the Giants had an atrocious offseason, but that’s no reason to wish severe injury on someone. Shameful.

    —————————-

    And you still got thumbs down for this.

    Jeez, you’d think everyone would give you a thumbs up for calling out racists and people wishing personal harm to someone. (Granted, you should have said SOME Giants fans).

  25. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 12, 2011 5:10 PM

    gallaghedj311 says: Aug 12, 2011 2:04 PM

    Mr Reese, thank u for making my 3day business trip to NY enjoyable. It sucked up until Wednesday..

    Sincerely,

    An Eagles fan!
    ———–

    Trust me, it sucks whenever you PA and NJ clowns come out here.

  26. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 12, 2011 5:12 PM

    Yeah, SOME Giants fan. After having two major injuries and surgeries/rehab from sports, I don’t ever wish that on anyone. But I was pissed at Steve. I’m over it now. He’ll be back next year — if the Giants have him.

  27. mbsbjb3 says: Aug 12, 2011 5:53 PM

    No need to worry, everyone gets emotional during free agency, meanwhile real franchises are built in the draft. Yeah the eagles have a bunch of guys now, but in a few years who knows what that roster is going to look like. Also, all that talent means nothing without Vick, so you better hold your breath when he runs past the line of scrimmage, or when the boys in BLUE come to get him. Check out what we did to Romo and all the other QBs/victims last year.

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