Why the New York Giants should stay far away from Earl Thomas

New York Giants, Earl Thomas

The New York Giants shouldn’t even breathe in the direction of Earl Thomas: 

The Baltimore Ravens released star safety, Earl Thomas, on Sunday afternoon after a heated exchange with teammate Chuck Clark. After Clark made a poor coverage read, Thomas smashed his helmet on the floor and initiated a fight between the two. The bad blood between Thomas and the Ravens has been piling up, and it resulted in him being released.

Thomas has always been a controversial player with a heated mentality. He recently signed a four-year, $55 million deal with Baltimore in 2019. Being cut makes him an immediate free agent, and the Dallas Cowboys have reportedly had an interest in his services.

The New York Giants must remain far away:

While Thomas is a Pro Bowl level player that brings incredible talent to any defense, he has a hot head and could become a problem among other egotistical athletes. That is a major reason the New York Giants shouldn’t even consider taking a flyer on him.

After drafting Xavier McKinney in the second round and the existence of Jabrill Peppers and Julian Love, Thomas is better off finding another team. Some fans may call upon general manager Dave Gettleman to inquire, but it is better to stick with the youth already on the roster, who have bought into new head coach Joe Judge’s system.

Nonetheless, Earl’s production is extremely attractive from all angles. Over 15 games last year, he allowed a 44% completion rate with zero touchdowns and two interceptions. He also compiled 49 tackles and six quarterback hits. He is an all-around fantastic player with the talent to make a defense exponentially better. However, he is a disruptor in the locker room and would be cancerous to the team’s rebuild strategy. Therefore, staying far away from him should be the goal for the Giants and their new regimen.

Sticking with their guns in McKinney at free safety is the ideal scenario. With Alabama in 2019, McKinney racked up seven turnovers and has already shown his playmaking ability during camp. Building off his potential is far more beneficial than splashing an exorbitant amount of cash to bring in a troubled player.

New York Giants: A New Rumor Regarding The Giants’ Quarterback Position

From now until the end of the NFL Draft, Giants fans will hear rumors daily. Some are more realistic than others. But many of these rumors will be surrounding one position. The quarterback position.

Will the Giants move on from Eli Manning? Will they draft his successor? Are they willing to trade up to draft his successor? Are they willing to trade picks for a veteran?

This long list of questions is what the Giants will need to answer this offseason. It is also where all of the rumors come from.

The Russell Wilson to the New York Giants rumor

The latest rumor, of course, is about the quarterback position. This rumor, unlike others, is unrelated to the NFL Draft. This particular rumor, if true, could turn the Giants into Super Bowl contenders with a top-5 quarterback in the NFL on their roster.

On Wednesday, February 20, Colin Cowherd of FOX Sports claimed to have heard a rumor behind-the-scenes in the “agency world.” The rumor is that Seattle Seahawks’ franchise quarterback Russell Wilson wants out of Seattle and his preferred destination is the New York Giants.

Here is the official video of Cowherd discussing his rumor on his show:

Reading that, Giants fans everywhere are screaming like little girls. But reading that it is a “rumor” from Colin Cowherd and what he heard in the “agency world” leaves this rumor to feel unbelievable. This is not the most credible source. Cowherd is no Ian Rapoport. Additionally, Cowherd’s reasons for why the trade makes sense do not make sense to some people.

Here is one fan’s reaction to Cowherd’s rumor:

Breaking Down Cowherd’s Five Reasons:

One of Cowherd’s reasons that most of us can agree with is the Giants’ need to replace Eli Manning with a star quarterback. Nobody wants to see mediocrity at the quarterback position in Big Blue. The Giants would love to have a proven superstar like Russell Wilson succeed Eli Manning.

For those of you who are not familiar, Ciara is Russell Wilson’s wife. She is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and model. The reason Cowherd believes Ciara prefers New York is the marketability. It is the same reason everyone thinks Kevin Durant wants to go to the Knicks. Playing in the New York media is good for your career and leads to plenty of extra opportunities.

In rainy Seattle, there is not nearly as much marketability. There are not many fashion shows taking place in Seattle like there are in New York. Plus, Ciara would probably love to perform in Madison Square Garden.

In terms of football, Russell Wilson is now 30 years old and on the final year of his contract. His next contract will be a big one, to say the least. The question for Russell is wether or not he wants to commit to playing Seattle for the rest of his career.

Seattle has been declining in talent recently. They moved on from star running back Marshawn Lynch two seasons ago. On top of that, their defense has been losing multiple key pieces. Seattle let all-pro cornerback Richard Sherman walk in free agency last year, premier safety Kam Chancellor retired in 2018, and all signs point to superstar safety Earl Thomas leaving this offseason.

The Seahawks are on the verge of a rebuild. The Giants are currently in a rebuild and trying to make their way out of it. Wilson would be the key piece to the Giants’ rebuild if they acquired him.

At the start of the rebuild last offseason, the Giants signed Pat Shurmur to be their head coach. Shurmur lead an explosive Minnesota Vikings offense to the NFC Championship game in 2017. He is a great offensive coach who would love to have someone with Russell Wilson’s talent in his offensive system.

Wilson has not had a great offensive coach in years. His head coach, Pete Carroll is a defensive minded coach. Many fans and analysts attribute the Seahawks’ loss in the 2018 playoffs to the team’s offensive coordinator. He was too insistent on running the ball and did not give Russell Wilson enough opportunities to take control of the game. Pat Shurmur would not make that mistake as an offensive minded coach who knows how to get the most talent out of his players.

Russell Wilson Highlights And Statistics:

Russell Wilson needs no introduction. Every NFL fan knows who he is and what he is capable of. The man is a Super Bowl champion and possibly a Hall of Fame player when it’s all said and done.

Nevertheless, it is good to see what kind of numbers a quarterback is putting up when your team is rumored to be considering trading for him. Especially when the price tag is likely multiple first round picks.

In 2018, Russell Wilson posted 35 passing touchdowns to only 7 interceptions. That is an incredible 5 to 1 ratio. According to Pro Football Focus, Wilson was the 6th best quarterback in the NFL in 2018 with an 89.2 overall grade. He also picked up 3,448 yards through the air and 376 yards on the ground. He did all of this with one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines.

Russell was sacked a ridiculous 51 times in 2018. However, that did not hold back Wilson at all. He is a dual-threat quarterback with the ability to make throws under pressure. This trait would be the one to take the Giants to the next level, considering their talented group of skill players but lack of talent on the offensive line.

At only 30 years old, Russell Wilson is likely set to play in the NFL for at least another 5-8 years. Giants fans should be hoping and praying that those final seasons of Wilson’s career take place in a Giants uniform.

New York Giants Safety Was Benched In Week 17 For Lack Of Effort

The NFL regular season is over. The New York Giants played their final game of the season on Sunday. Their week 17 matchup was a home loss against the Dallas Cowboys. The final score was 35-36. The Giants’ offense played a great game, scoring 35 points. However, the defense was lousy, letting up 36 points.

The Giants defense played so poorly that head coach Pat Shurmur had to bench a player. The player that was benched was free safety Curtis Riley. Riley has received heavy criticism from fans all season. The Giants’ coaching staff benched Riley for a lack of effort.

The Play That Benched Riley

The Cowboys had the ball on 3rd and 3 from the 39 yard line with 5:12 remaining in the third quarter. Dallas was ahead 14-10 at this point in the game. Quarterback Dak Prescott rolled right and found tight end Blake Jarwin for a completion well beyond the first down marker. Jarwin caught the pass with four Giants players surrounding him, but no one was able to bring him down.

Free safety Curtis Riley was directly in front of Jarwin and had a chance to make a head on touchdown-saving tackle. Instead, Riley completely whiffed on the play and allowed Jarwin to walk into the end zone for the touchdown. Riley demonstrated a complete lack of effort on this play.

Who Might Replace Riley?

Curtis Riley was benched after this embarrassing play. His mid-game replacement was safety Sean Chandler. Chandler had a decent outing, finishing the game with four tackles. However, nothing from this game would indicate that Chandler is the long-term solution at free safety.

It is now officially the offseason for the Giants so they can begin to look for an upgrade at free safety. The Giants could draft a rookie free safety or sign a free agent safety.

The draft class is full of good safeties this year. The top ranked safety prospect is Deionte Thompson out of Alabama. Other top safety prospects include Juan Thornhill from Virginia and Jaquan Johnson from Miami.

In free agency, there are a lot of options. The Giants should definitely look at players such as Adrian Amos, Tre Boston, and Lamarcus Joyner. These are players that would likely fall into the Giants’ price range. If the Giants decide to invest heavily into the position this offseason, there are elite options set to hit the market. More expensive players include Tyrann Mathieu, Earl Thomas, and HaHa Clinton-Dix.

The Giants have may options to choose from. It is likely they will sign a free safety in free agency, but it is unknown how much the Giants will be looking to spend this offseason. Giants fans should be looking forward to an exciting and important offseason for Big Blue