Could the New York Giants still be in the mix for a free agent guard on the open market? It’s possible.
New general manager Dave Gettleman awarded former Jaguars’ left guard Patrick Omameh with a nice three-year, $15 million deal, but it shouldn’t waver his mind from attempting to grab another big-time guard, now that one is available.
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Former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman, Richie Incognito, retired only several weeks ago… But now he’s back, and him and the Bills have parted ways. This means Incognito is a free agent, and he could be just the guy to solidify the Giants’ line for the next few years.
Incognito was scheduled to collect about $5 million in cap this year, but leaving the bills has left the door wide open for his contract expectations. According to PFF, Incognito ranked as the 12th best guard in the league in 2017. For comparisons sake, Omameh ranked 36th. That’s a major difference, especially when considering the similar cap-hit of the two.
Currently, the Giants have about $8.3 million in cap-space left, but that’s without Saquon Barkley’s allocated money. It will likely drop considerably and might put them out of contention for Incognito. But, I wouldn’t rule out a few potential cuts to make room for the quality offensive lineman.
Here are a few players that could be released to open up some cap-space:
John Greco — $720k
John Jerry — $1.075 million
Ray-Ray Armstrong — $1.237 million
That adds up to about $3 million in additional savings, which could be enough to sign him on a multi-year deal (first year would be $3 million).
Could he be worth the investment?
See for yourself:
— Richie Incognito (@68INCOGNITO) September 26, 2016