While “wholesale changes” as pending free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora suggested aren’t consistent with the Giants’ style, there are a number of big decisions general manager Jerry Reese is going to have to make.
Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News took a look at a number of key players looking at pay cuts or cuts, in addition to those needing big raises.
Along with Umenyiora, it may also be time to make a decision on veteran defensive end Justin Tuck, who will turn 30 next year, when he’s due to make $4.5 million. He has just 8.0 sacks the last two seasons combined, and they will have to decide how much leadership is worth.
Cornerback Corey Webster could also be on the bubble, as he hasn’t played to the level of his $7 million they owe him next year.
The need to get younger could also claim veteran offensive lineman David Diehl, who is due $4.1 million next year, when he’ll turn 33.
They’re going to have to prune the tree somewhere, because talks to extend Victor Cruz have already started, and Hakeem Nicks’ contract situation is looming.
They also have a substantial list of their own free agents to deal with which could make it a busier offseason than usual for the G-Men, when decisions about the direction of the franchise have to be made.