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Diehl willing to “restructure” for Cruz, too

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It’s not quite the “jersey” scene from Rudy, but there’s a two-man line of Giants who are willing to reduce their cap numbers to help keep receiver Victor Cruz around.

The parade began with quarterback Eli Manning, who said Wednesday that he’s willing to trim a cap number that currently resides north of the $20 million border.

Next in line comes offensive lineman David Diehl, who told NFL Network on Thursday that he would be willing to “restructure” his contract.

“I’d be willing to do some things to restructure and help other guys out, and to keep a great teammate along like Victor Cruz,” Diehl said, via NFL.com.  “I have restructured before in my 10 seasons of being a New York Giant.  It’s not something that I’m unfamiliar with.  I mean, that’s part of the business of the NFL.”

But there’s a big difference between Manning and Diehl.  If Manning restructures, he’ll get every penny he already was due to earn in 2013 — and possibly a few more.  For Diehl, who is in the final year of his, um, deal, the Giants have only two ways to reduce his cap number:  (1) cut his salary from its current level of $4.475 million; or (2) extend his contract.  A cap-shifting, cash-preserving, no-harm-no-foul restructuring simply isn’t an option for Diehl.

Given that Diehl acknowledged less than a month ago that the bell could soon be tolling for his career in New York, he’s tempting fate by volunteering for a cap-creation strategy that could soon visit him involuntarily, via a restructuring that would entail freeing up $4.475 million in cap space by reducing his salary to zero dollars and zero cents.

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9 Responses to “Diehl willing to “restructure” for Cruz, too”
  1. jbl429 says: Mar 22, 2013 8:52 AM

    Restructure Diehl? I didn’t realize he had such a sense of humor! He hasn’t played like a starting caliber lineman in several seasons now, he’s lucky to have a job. Take a fat paycut, Dave, and give it to someone who’s a difference maker.

  2. fuglyflorio says: Mar 22, 2013 9:08 AM

    Odds of this thread being troll free? Zero.

  3. mhohmann says: Mar 22, 2013 9:21 AM

    Diehl has been a great soldier but he is just done. Whenever he was out of the lineup the team ran the ball better. Locklear was a big improvement over Diehl.

  4. bigbluecott says: Mar 22, 2013 9:31 AM

    Uhhh….I mean…..ahh..crap. Oops. Can we edit that out of this interview?

  5. logicailvoicesays says: Mar 22, 2013 9:49 AM

    He wants to stay with the Giants so he can see RG3 light up the Giants twice this season in person. If he’s nice maybe Dan Snyder will give him tickets to watch the Redskins win the Super Bowl. HTTR.

  6. marine1969nam says: Mar 22, 2013 10:10 AM

    Diehl is going to need those dollars for his DUI fines and lawyers. Plus paying off witnesses, prosecutors and judges don’t come cheap.

  7. DonRSD says: Mar 22, 2013 11:44 AM

    Diehl is good to keep around as a “utility lineman”. He can play every position.
    We all know he isn’t the best, but he is what he is.
    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Mar 22, 2013 2:11 PM

    He should have been CUT, not talking restructuring. Cut him and bring him back at veteran’s minimum for depth, if anything.

  9. stynzerman says: Mar 22, 2013 6:19 PM

    There is a bunch of class on this team I love being a Giants fan!!

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