Giants G.M. seems prepared to pay big bucks for interior linemen

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Long before he does anything with the second overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman has a pile of work to do.

And one of the first orders of business will be fixing his offensive line, and one of his former players might be the answer. And while it’s going to be expensive if he wants to bring in Panthers All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell, Gettleman wasn’t exactly balking at the potential price tag.

The market for top guards has skyrocketed, with the Browns setting the bar when they gave Kevin Zeitler a five-year, $60 million deal last offseason. Norwell would figure to be in the same neighborhood, and while Gettleman didn’t speak specifically about him, he was asked whether there was value in paying any guard $12 million a year.

“There isn’t a quarterback alive that’s going to get in the huddle and say, ‘OK, boys, let them up the middle. I’ll deal with it,'” Gettleman said. “You need to be firm in the middle. So at the end of the day if it’s keeping your quarterback upright and out of the hospital. . . .

“There’s a bunch of guards now that are getting paid. And if you think about it, they’re closer to the quarterback. Listen, it’s the market. Is that car worth $150,000? If someone buys it, I guess it’s worth it, you know what I mean?”

While short of a declaration, that’s a pretty good omen for Norwell, who Gettleman signed as an undrafted rookie in 2014. The Giants have Justin Pugh and Weston Richburg headed to free agency as well, but they need major upgrades on the line if they want to give Eli Manning a chance this season.

13 responses to “Giants G.M. seems prepared to pay big bucks for interior linemen

  1. Fix the line in free agency and draft Barkley, NONE of those QB’S are worth the number 2 pick…forget about the NFL RB position being “devalued”…Barkley is the best overall player in the draft…not much he can’t do on offense…or even special teams for that matter…

  2. Jaguars rode Fournette to a winning season last year. Think about that- “Jaguars” and “winning season.”

  3. I agree with downtownswinga.

    If I’m the Giants, I want Barkley in the first and one of the guards in the second. The rest of my OL would be free agents or holdovers. That would take care of the offense for a few years.

  4. I do not agree “that none of those qb’s are worth the 2nd overall pick”. If I’m the Giants I don’t draft a qb, but you won’t see a qb class like this for a long time.

  5. Some of you guys are insane. Do you realize the amount of money we would have to pay Barkley if we draft him 2nd?? NO RB is worth that money(unless your Leveon Bell) especially a rookie RB! Now if we were drafting lower I’d be for it, cuz the kid is a generational talent, BUT we aint. If you take logical thinking into consideration, the pick has to be a QB. Learn from Eli for a year, then we have a QB on a rookie contract for 3 years giving us a chance to stack the boat and resign guys like Odell, Collins, and more. It makes too much sense. Pick the best QB they think available.

  6. So many of these supposedly professional “football people” who are supposed to understand the game so well don’t seem to get the game begins with the Oline, not the QB. If you can’t keep your QB upright and healthy, you won’t be successful, doesn’t matter if its Brady, Brees, Manning or the worst QB in the league. None of them will play well without a decent Oline.

  7. “There isn’t a quarterback alive that’s going to get in the huddle and say, ‘OK, boys, let them up the middle. I’ll deal with it,’” 

    Ughh correction, Shane Falco did…if I remember correctly they won that game.

    Haha

  8. So many of these supposedly professional “football people” who are supposed to understand the game so well don’t seem to get the game begins with the Oline, not the QB. If you can’t keep your QB upright and healthy, you won’t be successful, doesn’t matter if its Brady, Brees, Manning or the worst QB in the league. None of them will play well without a decent Oline.

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    Spot on. But even more critical when you are trying to squeeze a couple more years out of a veteran who couldn’t run much when he was 25. A good O-Line will solve a lot of problems for this team.

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