New York Giants rank near the bottom of NFL in projected 2022 cap space

Anthony Rivardo
New York Giants, Dave Gettleman
Sep 3, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman during the Blue-White Scrimmage at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants are preparing for yet another messy offseason. The Giants are expected to make a change in the front office. New York is likely letting General Manager Dave Gettleman go and bringing in a new GM in the coming weeks. The new man in charge, however, will be inheriting a bit of a mess. The 4-11 Giants are closing out another season of major disappointment and are in a tight space when it comes to money this offseason.

According to Spotrac, the New York Giants are projected to have the fifth-lowest amount of salary cap space available in this upcoming 2022 offseason. The Giants are projected only $3,486,532 in cap space.

Recent contracts given out to the likes of Kenny Golladay, Adoree’ Jackson, and Leonard Williams are taking up a large percentage of the team’s salary. These big cap hits are going to make it difficult for the Giants to improve their team this offseason. As things stand, the Giants cannot even afford a draft class with only $3.5 million in cap space. Some good players are inevitably going to be cut or have their contracts restructured this offseason.

What does this mean for the GM search?

Dave Gettleman has created a bit of a mess with the Giants’ money. He made an effort to acquire talent through free agency and expanded the team’s salary in the process. Gettleman restructured many contracts to try and avoid a tight budget, but nevertheless, the sins of his past have caught up with the team.

Working alongside Dave Gettleman has been assistant GM Kevin Abrams. Many rumors suggest that Abrams could be in line to take over as the team’s next General Manager. This has confused and frustrated some fans due to the Giants’ messing cap situation. Kevin Abrams is a “contract guy” who started his career as a salary cap analyst. His primary job has been working with the money, and the Giants’ money is not in the best situation.

Any incoming General Manager candidates might think twice about taking the Giants’ job due to their money situation. There is not much money to spend and improve the Giants’ roster, despite the team possessing one of the worst rosters in the NFL. Thankfully, the Giants possess nine draft picks in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft, including two picks in the first round. These draft picks should make the job a bit more attractive.

Inevitably, the Giants are going to need to trade and cut players and restructure contracts in order to prepare for the 2022 season. There is a long and crucial offseason ahead of the New York Giants, and getting the right general manager in place is the first step in the process of turning this team around.