New York Giants pick up 5th year option on Jabrill Peppers and Evan Engram’s contracts

Alexander Wilson
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Sep 9, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants tight end Evan Engram (88) gains yards after catch during the second half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants have picked up the 5th year option on both Evan Engram and Jabrill Peppers’ contracts.

The Giants are officially picking up the fifth-year option on tight end Evan Engram Jabrill Peppers’ contracts, which was an expected decision from general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Joe Judge.

Both Engram and Peppers have significant value to the team, despite being on opposite sides of the ball. Engram has been consistently injured throughout the course of his career, but at 25 years old, paying him $6 million in 2021 isn’t detrimental to the team salary cap. Peppers will earn $6.8 million on a fully guaranteed deal as well.

In 2019, Engram missed eight games due to ligament damage in his left foot. He posted just 467 yards and three touchdowns, showing a third consecutive season of degrading statistics. However, when he is on the field he’s one of the more dynamic tight ends in the NFL and is a fantastic security blanket for quarterback Daniel Jones.

Engram did say will be “more than ready’’ to return to the field this summer.

Peppers, on the other hand, had a solid campaign last year. He saw an improvement in nearly every category in just 11 games played. He recorded an interception which he took for a touchdown, 76 combine tackles, five tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. He had more turnovers last season than the previous two combined.

Ensuring they will both be a part of the Giants in 2021 helps the team with consistency and veteranship. I expect the offense to utilize 12 personnel and two tight end sets frequently under offensive coordinator Jason Garrett. The defense, led by Patrick Graham will feature plenty of safeties and blitzing schemes incorporating the strong safety and free safety.