Giants admit big free agency mistake by cutting Patrick Omameh

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In March, the Giants wanted to improve their offensive line, so they gave left tackle Nate Solder a huge contract, and then they signed guard Patrick Omameh to a three-year, $15 million contract with $10 million guaranteed. The Solder signing now looks like a mistake, and the Omameh signing has already proven to be a failure.

Today the Giants announced that they have released Omameh, an admission that they erred greatly in signing him.

It’s too late to get back the money they’ve already paid Omameh, but by cutting him now they at least put themselves in better shape to get compensatory picks in next year’s draft. Players signed who don’t last until Week 10 don’t count toward the league’s complex compensatory pick formula.

“It’s always hard when you release a veteran, especially a guy like Pat – probably one of my favorite people that I’ve met doing this,” Giants coach Pat Shurmur said in a statement. “Sometimes, it’s about the player. Sometimes, it’s about the situation, the numbers, and all that, but we wish Pat well.”

The Giants’ offensive line has been in flux all season, and Omameh is the second player they’ve cut who opened the season as a starter on the offensive line. Ereck Flowers, who began the season as the Giants’ starting right tackle, has also been released.

Next offseason, bolstering the offensive line will again be a high priority for the Giants. They can only hope they do a better job of it than they did this year.

28 responses to “Giants admit big free agency mistake by cutting Patrick Omameh

  1. The o line is built through drafting, not free agency. They also gave away DJ Fluker who has been a stud for the Seahawks. Watch whoever picks up Flowers turn him into gold. The culture on the Giants is rotten with guys like Beckham on the team.

  2. I’m wondering if the owners take this stuff seriously. There are just way too many really bad personnel decisions being made over the last couple years. It seems like winning is the last priority.

  3. NY is where good players go to die.
    The media is based in NY, so they sell the player and his agent on how “wonderful” NY is when in reality, NYC is a cesspool.
    For decades, both NY/NJ teams have underperformed compared to the rest of the NFL. It is a combination of poor coaching, poor drafting, poor FA signings, and MOST of all, over-inflated egos of the players.
    What happens is that the NY-based media fills the heads of the egomaniac players with rhetoric about how “great” they are when they are most certainly NOT great.
    Let the case of Nate Solder et al be a lesson to be learned for other players who consider the NY teams. Both teams are more than willing to pay you but in the end your career will suffer horribly.
    But hey, you got paid, and when you fail, the very same media that hyped you will turn on you.

  4. Giants, Jaguars, Cardinals, and the Bucs should all move to London in 2019. A fresh start never hurts. (There is no hope for the Raiders.)

  5. vancouversportsbro says:
    November 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm
    The o line is built through drafting, not free agency. They also gave away DJ Fluker who has been a stud for the Seahawks. Watch whoever picks up Flowers turn him into gold.
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    Says the “o line is built through drafting, not free agency” then takes the Giants to task for ‘giving away’ Fluker who they did not draft and who finished his one year contract with them on IR while talking up what Seattle did with him as a FA and doesn’t know Flowers was signed by Jax a month ago and hasn’t taken a snap for them. smdh

  6. .
    When you sign a Patriots O lineman, you have to account for Brady’s quick release. Often times they’re only asked to hold the fort for two or three seconds.
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  7. Plain and simple it is karma for John Mara screwing over the Redskins and Cowboys when his committee decided the two teams had overspent on an “uncapped season.” Key word is uncapped!!!

  8. Yeah the Giants always lose. Super Bowl Ring this decade and two in last 11 years. Having a bad spell right now after a few poor drafts. They will fix it

  9. The Solder signing is “now” looking like a mistake? They signed an aging LT that was never above average in pass blocking at any point in his career (according to PFF). To a contract that pays him as the #2 LT in the game by AAV.

    You can’t make a player elite by paying him at an elite level. They actually have to be good in the first place.

  10. …The Solder signing now looks like a mistake…
    The salary was a mistake, the signing was not necessarily a mistake.

    Solder has been a good NFL player but he is not a HOFer or, obviously, a perennial All-Pro. But the Giants gave him HOF Left Tackle money because he was the best Left Tackle in free agency, and that was stupid. I guess the Giants thought they had to because the Pats were probably offering him something in the vicinity of $12 million per for a few seasons; but the Pats have a QB who is not done, the Giants have a starting QB who appears to be done. A bad QB will make any o-line look bad.

  11. If you think that’s a big fail we signed Justin Pugh and he was your cast off… I didn’t think he could get any worse than his performance in New York

  12. Owner: win or lose I’m still a billionaire who pays no taxes and gets whatever I want, whenever I want.

  13. The salary was a mistake, the signing was not necessarily a mistake.

    Solder has been a good NFL player but he is not a HOFer or, obviously, a perennial All-Pro.

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    Solder has never made the Pro Bowl in his career. He’s never been voted All-Pro. He’s never been better than average in pass blocking, ever.

    He’s 30 years old in year 1 of his contract. He was always seen as a decent run blocker and a bad pass blocker and they brought him in expecting much more. How do you make a guy the #2 highest paid LT in the game (one of the premium positions) and expect him to be average?

  14. It used to be that any ‘b level’ or better dc could scheme to get the best of the NYG qb, a few years back that ‘b level’ changed to ‘d+ level or better dc’.

  15. None of this will change next year unless the Giants o-line coaching improves.

    Look at Dallas: several high draft picks (pro bowlers and all-pros) across the o-line and they were playing so badly they just fired their o-line coach. Meanwhile almost every player New England brings in has success to some extent.

    On another note, the Giants actually made smart moves in free agency by letting Pugh (5 years, $44 million from Arizona) and Richburg (5 years, $47 million from SF) walk.

  16. None of this will change next year unless the Giants o-line coaching improves.

    Look at Dallas: several high draft picks (pro bowlers and all-pros) across the o-line and they were playing so badly they just fired their o-line coach. Meanwhile almost every player New England brings in has success to some extent.

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    All about perspective buddy. If the Giants could get their o-line to play anywhere near the level the Cowboys o-line is playing, they and their fans would be ecstatic and declaring victory.

    Cowboys o-line is way underperforming but they are still above average. Certainly not a disaster. Just perspective. When you expect a unit to be elite and they aren’t, the coach gets fired.

  17. Luck has a way of evening itself out. All those years they couldn’t go wrong on the DEFENSIVE line and it won their SBs for them (not Manning), and now they are having equally crazy but BAD luck on the O-line.

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