How Will Brandin Cooks’ Contract Impact Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. Talks?

The New York Giants are running up a slippery slope with star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and his contract talks. Rams receiver Brandin Cooks received a massive 5-year, $81 million deal, delivering an average of $16.2 million per-season.

This puts Beckham in a very good position, especially after Cooks received a contract not much lower than what was expected for the Giants’ receiver. Now that this deal is on the table, we should expect to see his agent up the price considerably.

We could easily see his deal reach lengths of $20 million per-season, in other words, franchise quarterback money. This would cripple the Giants’ cap-space for year, unless they relieve Eli Manning of his duties and bring in Davis Webb to play out the rest of his rookie deal as the starter.

Comparing Cooks and Odell Beckham Jr. ‘s stats:

For comparion’s sake, we will look into their 2016 stats.

Cooks recorded 1,173 yards and eight scored, which was his best season to date. OBJ on the other hand managed 1,367 yards and 10 scores, and we all know the influence he had on the offense. His ability to make an offense that has neglected the offensive line and additional weapons look good, ultimately helps his stock tremendously.

He will likely be compensated well for his services, but the question is: Will Dave Gettleman be willing to pay a wide receiver that type of money. Weeks ago he laughed at the idea of paying a WR $20 million per-year, so we should be cautious with our optimism a deal gets done in the near future.

In my opinion, I could see the Giants franchise tagging him and not giving him a long-term extension until Manning is officially done as the quarterback.

Why The Mets Should Keep Jacob deGrom

Jacob deGrom has been the only reason for the average fan to continue watching the New York Mets this season. Ever since the Mets started falling in the division, trade talks have surrounded the Mets ace. Fans are split on whether they should deal deGrom to build for their future, but the best thing the Mets can do is keep him.

How Can They Keep Him?

deGrom still has two and a half more years until he hits free agency at age 33. He has stated during the All-Star break that he wishes to play the rest of his career as a Met and those are wishes that need to come true. The Mets should look to sign him through his age 34 or 35 season so they get all of his best years and do not risk losing a key member to their rotation for nothing.

The Mets are battling the Marlins for last place in the NL East, but these teams are in two totally different places. They are a piece or two away from being a World Series contender. The top four of deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Zack Wheeler along with a decent fifth starter is a rotation to build upon. The best part about the top four is the earliest one hits free agency in 2020. They have plenty of years of team control/arbitration years and the Mets need to take advantage of it before they hit free agency and make more than the Mets can pay.

Make Smarter Free Agent Signings

Trading deGrom says the organization has no faith in winning next season and maybe the season after. Instead of going after B and C-level free agents like they did last offseason, they need to go after the top guys on the market. Injuries aside, a healthy Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes to go along with Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo is nice, but the team needs more to be a contender. A big bat the likes of Manny Machado or Bryce Harper make this a very dangerous lineup the Mets can build on. Throw in the wild cards of a potential Asdrubal Cabrera return and Amed Rosario growth can give the Mets a solid lineup.

Most importantly if the Mets want to win, they must improve the bullpen before anything else. Whether or not Jeurys Familia re-signs, the Mets bullpen needs a total revamp. The remaining pieces of Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and hopefully a better Anthony Swarzak are a good start but they need more in today’s version of baseball. Just like with their offense, the Mets need to attempt to sign people the likes of Craig Kimbrel or Andrew Miller. They can not over pay mid-level free agents and hope they play to the level of their contract.

Jacob deGrom is elite and even though he may not be this dominant again he will keep himself in the Cy Young conversation for the next couple of years. If the Mets can take advantage of the good starting pitching they have, the potential for the New York Mets to win a World Series is extremely high.

Giants’ Rookie Defensive Lineman B.J. Hill Looking To Make Big Impact

With the New York Giants making the transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4 defense, drafting a young defensive lineman to hold down the fort and solidify the unit was a priority.The Giants and general manager Dave Gettleman drafted North Carolina State lineman B.J. Hill, in the third-round of the 2018 NFL draft.

After the hiring of defensive coordinator James Bettcher, Hill made perfect sense to feature on the three an front the former Arizona DC was preparing to install.

According to Giants.com, Hill stated in regard to making the change to the 3-4:

“It’s the same, playing the five (technique) or four-I (technique) is just like playing the one or three back in college, it’s not a big difference. I had to learn that and coach said just treat it like a one or three.”

Bettcher produced one of the leagues most blitz-heavy defenses in 2017, and we shouldn’t anticipate him stopping there. He expects his down lineman to penetrate and wreck havoc in the backfield, not sit back on the line and wait for help from the linebackers.

“He doesn’t want us sitting on the line,” Hill said. “He wants us getting penetration, knock the offensive line back, and create a new line of scrimmage so you can make the play or the person beside you [makes the play].”

The 3-4 defense relies heavily on the effectiveness of the defensive line so the linebackers can exploit the gaps and get into the backfield. Arizona Cardinals’ Chandler Jones is a perfect example of the potential of the system. He recorded a league-high 17 sacks last season after making the transition to outside linebacker. Basically, the defensive line would penetrate the interior, forcing the tackles to squeez allowing players like Chandler and now Olivier Vernon to beat the edge and find the quarterback.

Having a collective unit of veteran defensive lineman will only help Hill, as he is expected to fill the third starting role as a rookie. Practicing long side Damon Harrison, one of the best DT’s in the league, and a rising star in Dalvin Tomlinson, will benefit Hill tremendously.