Two Giants players named to most-overpaid team of 2023

Oct 29, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants place kicker Graham Gano (9) celebrates his field goal with punter Jamie Gillan (6) during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Giants have a few expensive pieces on their roster heading into the 2024 NFL season, but one analyst sees two of their weapons as earning too much money compared to what they should be worth.

Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News has Giants kicker Graham Gano and offensive lineman Jon Runyan as two of his most overpaid players for the upcoming season (h/t Kevin Hickey of The Sporting News).

Giants: Is Graham Gano overpaid after shaky 2023 outing

New York Giants place kicker Graham Gano (9) kicks the game winning field goal against the Arizona Cardinals in the second half at State Farm Stadium

Gano is set to earn $5.5 million in the upcoming season. He missed seven of 18 field goal attempts in 2023, though he was perfect in PAT attempts, going 8-8 in that department on the campaign. Gano was a contributor to one of the more lackluster special teams in the NFL a year ago and did not look like the Pro Bowler he was in 2018, though five years removed.

Giants: Jon Runyan will earn eight figures following historically poor offensive line production in 2023

Green Bay Packers guard Jon Runyan (76) blocks as quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) drops back to pass against the New York Giants during an NFL International Series game at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
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Runyan will make $10 million in 2024, per Iyer. He earned a 54.7 player grade from Pro Football Focus for allocating six penalties and two sacks allowed in 928 offensive snaps played. He did not help remedy the second-worst offensive line in NFL history which gave up the second-most sacks in a single season with 85.

Unlike Gano, he is much younger at 26 years old, having gotten drafted in 2020, so he has time to show that he can rebound and trend upward from here on out. The 37-year-old Gano, not so much. The Giants will stick with both pieces for now but things could change if they don’t play up to their salaries as the 2024 season unfolds.

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