Free agency “more expensive” than John Mara thought it would be

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In past offseasons, the Giants have not been among the teams that approached free agency like the money in their pocket would make them ill if they didn’t spend it as quickly as possible.

That changed this offseason. The Giants moved fast and they went big to land defensive end Olivier Vernon, cornerback Janoris Jenkins and defensive tackle Damon Harrison. With defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul’s re-signing folded in, the Giants spent well over $100 million in guaranteed money.

On Sunday, co-owner John Mara said that’s not his preferred way to spend his money and that he didn’t expect to have to spend so much of it to secure the three players the team prioritized at the start of free agency.

“The three guys were a little more expensive than I thought they were going to be, but they are all young, they are all healthy and they fulfill needs,” Mara said, via the New York Daily News.

Mara said that he doesn’t want to approach free agency this way every year, something best avoided by being more successful on the field and in the draft than they’ve been in recent years. Those free agent pickups will go a long way toward determining the on-field portion of the formula and whether or not Mara’s spending spree will go down as money well spent.

26 responses to “Free agency “more expensive” than John Mara thought it would be

  1. As Mara is learning, these big contracts are kinda like concussions.

    Hard to avoid, and keep giving you headaches for years if not properly diagnosed.

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    Luckily for Vernon and Jenkins, they signed with New York whose fans will be patient with guys getting 52 million and 28 million in guaranteed dollars. It will give them a chance to ” fly under the radar” without much media coverage.
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  3. I used to look at the Packers and think Man they do it the right way…Now I’m convinced otherwise… I know it’s hard to go against their record, but after watching Denver and New England and Seattle win Superbowls using key free agent acquisitions, there is no doubt in my mind the Packers would have more than 1 Superbowl under Aaron Rodgers if they would change their approach… Revis would’ve definitely put Green Bay in the Superbowl 2 yrs ago or how about Okung this year? Can u imagine what Denver would have done against the shambles green Bay calls an offensive line?

  4. Mara is right. If you start filling your cap up with very expensive FAs, you soon have no cap to resign your young, developing players.

    Even worse,while some FAs really make a difference, most FAs don’t seem to ever live up to their bloated contracts. So you not only don’t have cap, you have a bad player you can’t get rid of because of the huge cap-hit.

  5. The Giants defense finished 32nd last season. Remind me again why people are killing them for making moves that filled dire needs with young and healthy free Agents? The market price is the market price, and the Giants had more money than 30 other teams to spend. They have a QB who has won twice, whose window is shrinking. They had to make these moves.

    It’s better than signing 2 QBs for starting money and pretending not to be a dumpster fire.

  6. The roster needed an upgrade so they fire the coach….a fool and his money are soon parted.

  7. The Giants needed the most help on the defensive side & they took care of that need . Obviously building through the draft is best but if you got the money why not spend it & improve your team with guys who are still young & have a lot of upside & are healthy . Now with a solid draft this Giants team will be set . As for the future of the franchise idk but with Eli getting older the window is closing so it’s win now time .

  8. This is what happens when you fire the wrong guy. Reese overcompensating. Knows he’s next.

  9. Mara just shut your blabber mouth and fire Reese. As we’ve seen year in and year out, he loves to way overpay for mediocre (at best) talent, so wipe that stupid look off your face.

  10. igornathanhiggers says:
    Mar 21, 2016 8:37 AM

    ….Can u imagine what Denver would have done against the shambles green Bay calls an offensive line?
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    Don’t need to imagine. Week 8. Both teams 6-0. Denver won 29-10 holding Rodgers to a career low 77 yards.

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    n0hopeleft says:
    Mar 21, 2016 9:13 AM
    The Giants defense finished 32nd last season. Remind me again why people are killing them for making moves that filled dire needs with young and healthy free Agents? The market price is the market price, and the Giants had more money than 30 other teams to spend. They have a QB who has won twice, whose window is shrinking. They had to make these moves.

    It’s better than signing 2 QBs for starting money and pretending not to be a dumpster fire.
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    There’s filling needs and then there’s just being stupid and throwing money at problems out of desperation. You can see it in Mara’s comments here, he’s very nervous about these deals.

    As for you fans, well.. you’re just a bunch of rubes. If this had been any of you’re rivals going on a spending spree, you would of mocked and chides those desicions. Of course NOW it’s smart strategy and decision making.

  12. This was an excellent use of money. I would have been satisfied with Greg Hardy and Prince coming back but hey, everyone would hate that too right? The Giants defense was historically bad. Vernon, Jenkins, Robinson, & Harrison are all young explosive athletes. The draft will be fun too…I mean they can’t be worse than Peyton Hillis, Greg Schwartz or Jon Beason …am i right?

  13. The NFC East is up for grabs and the Giants have a legitimate shot. If they can win it, they can make a playoff run with Eli at QB.

  14. The price you pay when your GM makes so so many bad draft picks

    TC could have won if you had done this under his watch

    If after week 8 you are not 6-2 Fire JR

  15. asparatame says:
    Mar 21, 2016 8:22 AM
    Big spending almost never works out. We’ll see,
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    Maybe that used to be the case but the last 3 SB winners in large part were put over the top by the acquisition of key free agents by savvy GM’s. Of course nothing in Reese’s past performance should be misconstrued as putting him within sniffing distance of Schneider, Belichick, Elway territory. Much the same as when it comes to Maras, John is no Wellington

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