It is never a bad thing to bring on a former Super Bowl-winning player, as the New York Giants have several on their roster who have played at the biggest stage. This off-season, the Giants have been extremely active in free agency, acquiring names like Kenny Golladay and Adoree Jackson, but it doesn’t seem they are done just yet, as they continue to scour the market for cheap signings that can influence the team in 2021.
Recently, the Giants were connected with veteran defensive back Jason McCourty, a former Rutgers stand-out and sixth-round pick in 2009, as per Ryan Dunleavy of the New York Post. McCourty spent the last few years in New England with his brother Devin, winning a Super Bowl and making an impact as a starter. Last year, he played in 16 games, starting in 11. He recorded three passes defended with 42 combined tackles.
There’s “mutual interest” between the Giants and veteran cornerback Jason McCourty, per @rydunleavy
Very interesting — only makes sense if the Giants were to cut Isaac Yiadom, save the $2 million and roll it over to McCourty.
— Alex Wilson (@AlexWilsonESM) March 31, 2021
At 33 years old, Jason doesn’t have much more time in the NFL but joining a team that values him and can offer him an impactful role is essential. The veteran corner simply wants to help the teammates around him, whether it be mentoring or serving as a back-up to a team that simply wants him. A good experience to end his career is essentially what he’s looking for, and the Giants can offer him an entirely changed culture led by a head coach Joe Judge, who has immediate relations with McCourty from his time in New England.
The question is, how are the Giants be able to sign him with minimal salary space left to spare?
Currently, the Giants have $4.18 million in cap space, but there is one avenue they can explore to acquire McCourty. The Giants are currently on the hook for $2.83 million due to Isaac Yiadom, who will serve as the back-up to Adora Jackson and James Bradberry next season. If the Giants feel as though Jason is a better fit and can offer more, they can cut Yiadom and save his entire contract, rolling it over to the veteran.
Personally, I think this would be an efficient move, considering Jason finished the 2020 season with a 79.6 overall coverage grade, allowing just 260 yards and zero scores. He was solid in coverage, and the Giants only really need him for one season to help the younger guys develop. If he’s willing to settle at a cheaper price point, this should be an easy decision for management.