New York Giants: Early free-agents contracts Gettleman should be pro-active with

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The 2020 NFL season did not go as planned for the New York Giants, but the franchised showed promise. Big Blue managed just a 6-10 record and was one game away from playing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wildcard. Giants’ head coach Joe Judge seems to have his team on the right track for the future.

The Giants are a player or two away from being a force in a wide-open NFC East. The first chance the G-Men will be able to build the roster will come on March 17th. New York is projected to have more than $13 million over the salary cap, but the team should have their eye on a few top targets this offseason.

Here are three players the New York Giants should consider signing or re-signing this offseason:

DE Leonard Williams

If there is one player Dave Gettleman needs to re-sign this offseason, it has to be Leonard Williams. Gettleman is so invested in Williams, but that is not the main reason why he deserves a big deal.

Williams deserves an extension for being one of the best players on the Giants last season. Big Will proved to be the game-wrecker the Giants’ defense needed. He appeared in all 16 games for New York, finishing with 57 tackles, 11.5 sacks, and 14 tackles for losses. Not only did Williams have a monster season, but he is also a scheme fit for Patrick Graham.

“We love him in the building, he’s a great teammate, he’s fun to coach,” Judge said, per Steve Serby of the New York Post. “He makes your job a lot easier in terms of coming to work and enjoying your job, but then also making plays on the field, ’cause really, players make coaches good or not.”

If the New York Giants re-sign LW, they will probably not have enough money for Dalvin Tomlinson. The Giants have to choose if they want a dominant run stopper in Tomlinson or if they want a premier 3-4 pass rusher in Williams. The Giants should take the pass rusher, no questions asked.

Williams will likely earn in the $18-20 million per-season range. It would be wise of the Giants to get a deal done before the start of free agency.

WR Curtis Samuel

If the New York Giants want to bring the most out of quarterback Daniel Jones, they need to prove the pieces they have around him. Receiver/RB Curtis Samuel could be that sneaky piece the Giants’ offense needs.

Samuel had an impressive 200 rushing yards, 851 receiving yards, and five total touchdowns in the 2020 season. With Samuel’s production, he will not be a budget option. He is projected to make $12.4 million annually, according to Spotrac.

However, Samuel will not command money like Allen Robinson or Kenny Golladay would in free agency. He will be a bit of a cheaper option and way younger. If the Giants are able to add the 24-year old to their roster, the Giants could boost both their rushing and passing game in 2021.

LB Matt Milano

Judge and defensive coordinator Patrick Graham forged an impressive defensive unit in 2020, and with a few additional pieces, it could be championship-caliber. Adding a rangy, run-stuffing linebacker like Matt Milano to pair up with Blake Martinez could take this defense where it wants to go in 2021.

Milano dealt with injuries in 2020, only was limited to 10 games. But in 2019, he was healthy. He played in all but one game in 2019 and produced. He finished with 101 total tackles, nine passes defended, and 1.5 sacks.

Something most people do not know about Milano, he played safety in college. For a linebacker, he has elite pass coverage skills. He could pair up beautifully right next to Martinez.

Signing the 26-year-old could be difficult given New York’s cap situation. He’s projected to have a market value of a little under $14 million annually, according to Spotrac. But if the Giants wanted to sign an elite edge rusher or cornerback this offseason, this option would be a bit cheaper as well.


Fireside Giants Ep 35: Discussing UDFA WR’s, Most Over and Underrated Players, Youth On Roster, and more!

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Episode 35 of Fireside Giants covers an array of topics regarding the current state and the future of the New York Giants‘ roster. The New York Giants have made some interesting depth signings at the wide receiver position with four undrafted free agent wide receivers who will compete for that fourth wide receiver spot on the roster. Alex and Anthony dive into the latest news; discuss the Giants’ young roster and what the future might look like for general manager Dave Gettleman!



The Giants’ roster recently ranked second in the league in talent under 25-years-old. Anthony and Alex discuss this and explain why they are or are not excited about the future of the Giants. The Giants have been a poor team over the past few years, so the boys reflect on some of the biggest moves of the last two general managers and discuss who possibly could take over after Dave Gettleman moves on. Alex and Anthony also compare their most underrated and most overrated players on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball for the Giants heading into 2020.

Don’t miss out on the latest episode of Fireside Giants and all the great info that we have to offer. Also be sure to stay tuned to the Fireside Giants YouTube channel for tons of great visual content, like discussion videos and film breakdowns. Empire Sports Media has you covered on all things New York Giants for 2020 and beyond.

Fireside Giants Ep 34: Training camp updates, schedule, player opt-outs, Xavier McKinney, pass-rush, more!

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Episode 30 for a Fireside Giants dives into training camp updates and analyzing a few different factors that will impact the 2020 season. The New York Giants have already experienced two players opting out in Nate Solder and Da’Mari Scott, but will there be more? Alex and Anthony dive into the latest news; what this week’s press conference schedule looks like, what we should expect from Xavier McKinney, and much more!



Of course, I would be remiss not to mention the Leonard Williams news, as he showed up to training camp with an injured hamstring. We take a look at what that means for the fan base and how that has proved animosity between people with different perspectives. We also take a look at his contract and what his value to the team really is.

Don’t miss out on the latest episode of Fireside Giants and all the great info that we have to offer. With media access and insider connections, we are looking to provide an even better quality show in 2020.

New York Giants: What Golden Tate will bring to the table in 2020

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The New York Giants’ offense has a lot of weapons in 2020. There is no bigger threat than Golden Tate. Year in and year out, Golden Tate puts up consistent numbers and makes big-time plays. Especially in 2019, Tate made several circus catches that resulted in touchdowns or ended up on a highlight reel.

2019 stats

As shown above, Tate is a reliable and consistent receiver. In 2019, Tate played in 11 games, only missing due to a concussion and suspension. To add on, Tate was targeted 85 times and caught 49 passes for 676 yards. Also, he snagged 6 touchdown passes and averaged 13.8 yards per reception. In reality, if he can average over 10 yards per reception in 2020, he’s in for a big year. His longest touchdown of the year was a 64-yard bomb from Daniel Jones. Tate averaged 61.5 receiving yards per game last season. Overall, Tate is a great option for second-year quarterback Daniel Jones.

How Jason Garrett can use Golden Tate

With the addition of Jason Garrett, the Giants’ offensive playbook will be drastically different. With that being said, Tate will thrive. To emphasize, Jason Garrett focuses on ground and pound and play-action passes. For example, play-action is a great way to get Tate in space. He is quick and shifty and isn’t afraid of going up for jump balls. In 2019, he did it multiple times, and when he did he made ESPN’S top-ten plays.

What to expect

Overall, the Giants can be a very good football team. It all depends on the development of the offensive line and Daniel Jones. For example, if the Giants’ offensive line can hold their own, you can expect to see Tates’ reception number increase. Also, if Daniel Jones lights it up, Tate will be his number one option or number two. Especially in the RedZone, Tate loves making big plays and loves to show off his dance moves. Finally, the Giants’ are lucky to have Tate. A lot of people sleep on his production, he’s going to be a monster in 2020.

Fireside Giants Ep 31: Comparing New York players to Game of Thrones characters, DeAndre Baker, more!

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In the latest episode of Fireside Giants – a New York Giants podcast:

Alex and Anthony host Willy Receipts from Twitter to compare players to Game of Thrones characters. This is an extremely interesting and exciting episode, as some of the craziest correlations ever imagined are proposed.


If you’re looking for absolute entertainment, this is absolutely a place you can find it. If you love characters like Arya Stark, Jon Snow, and so many more, you will find yourself comparing players as well.

We also take a look at DeAndre Baker, and the latest news to hit the media. Reports indicating he paid off witnesses has bubbled to the surface, with suspected hard proof. While his lawyers indicate his innocence, nothing is cemented just yet.

We also take a look at Leonard Williams and how this move is a major argument for Dave Gettleman‘s tenure with the Giants. In 2019, Williams was traded from the Jets to the Giants for a third and fifth-round pick. In eight games, he posted 0.5 sacks, 26 combined tackles, two tackles for loss, and 11 quarterback hits. His underwhelming production has been a consistent concern the past few seasons, but he has hidden efficiency that the Giants seem to value.

With the franchise tag deadline passing on Wednesday, Williams is locked into a $16.1 million deal in 2020. However, he will be a free agent next off-season and the Giants will have to make a decision on his future. Do they extend him on a multi-year deal or let him walk?

Ultimately, his future with the team relies on his performance in 2020. Historically, we shouldn’t expect a Pro Bowl level performance, as he has only earned the accolade once in five years. In a contract year, though, he could finally untap his potential and show us why Gettleman spent a valuable draft pick on his services.

Fireside Giants Ep 30: A New York Giants podcast – Leonard Williams asking for crazy money, pass rush woes, more

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In Episode 30 of Fireside Giants, a New York Giants Podcast, Alex Wilson and Anthony Rivardo dive into Leonard Williams and the crazy amount of money he’s asking for.

According to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, Williams is seeking $18-20 million after the 2020 season. The Giants placed the franchise tag on Williams, which will pay him $16.1 million as an interior defensive lineman.


Williams has been efficient in drawing double teams, but his sack totals are disappointing, earning just 0.5 sacks in 2019. He is three years removed from a 7.0 sack performance with the New York Jets.

Ultimately, Williams needs to step up and lead the defense in 2020. General manager Dave Gettleman spent a third-round pick on his services, as a rental. If they don’t extend him beyond 2020, utilization of that draft pick well have been for no reason, except for the malpractice effect of B.J. Hill’s development.

Alex and Anthony dive into his usage and if he is really that valuable for the Giants. They also take a look at Patrick Mahomes and his massive contract over 10 years.

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Don’t miss this episode of Fireside Giants, which is also available on YouTube in video form. We relate Williams back to the secondary and how the defense will come together in the future. Of course, we give our facts of the day, heavily revolving around Dave Gettleman and his previous tenure with the Carolina Panthers.

A sneak peek: One negative comment against Gettleman was from D’Angelo Williams back in 2017. Williams called Gettleman a “snake” and that he would consider the possibility of returning to Carolina now that the current GM for the Giants was gone. Multiple other players also spoke out, which you can hear in the podcast. Notably, Josh Norman and Landon Collins both had tough words for Gettleman.

Fireside Giants Episode 27: Aldrick Rosas arrested reactions, Saquon Barkley’s mega-deal, center position evals

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In this week’s episode of Fireside Giants – a New York Giants podcast, Alex Wilson and Anthony Rivardo dive into the latest Aldrick Rosas news, regarding the drunk driving accident that resulted in him fleeing from the scene bloodied and bruised.

The Giants are now in a tough spot, where they all need to look into alternative kickers to supplement the loss of Rosas. Alex and Anthony give their reaction and back up plan in the scenario. Considering the evidence against the Giants’ kicker, things are not looking great for him at the moment.



However, if we’ve learned anything from the DeAndre Baker case, it is that jumping the gun too judgment is not ideal. We should give him the appropriate time to figure out what exactly happened before we guarantee anything, but the clear-cut evidence suggests that it will be difficult for him to bounce back normally. He could have lost his career over this incident that occurred at 8:25 AM on Monday.

Next on the list, we dive into Saquon Barkley and the mega-deal that’s pending. Barkley had a phenomenal rookie season but spent most of 2019 nursing a high ankle sprain. The injury severely limited his ability to cut and make Barkley-like plays. Nonetheless, he is a very capable running back and should be able to bounce back in 2020. Whether or not he’s worth $17 million per season is another story. He would have to have a historical season to earn that type of pay, but he has the ability to do so.

We then take a look at the center position, where Nick Gates, Shane Lemieux, Spenser Pulley, and Jon Halapio well compete in a position battle for the starting job. Gates has recently worked with Derek Carr in Vegas under center, attempting to get as many reps as possible before training camp.

You can check out the podcast on iTunes, Google, Spotify, and YouTube for the visual version.

Listen to Episode 24 of Fireside Giants: Breaking down the New York Giants’ pass rush

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In this episode of Fireside Giants, the gang dives into the pass rush to talk about their potential success and if they are capable of producing at a high-level. Currently, the Giants have Kyler Fackrell, Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines, and potentially Markus Golden as their primary pass rushers. Relying on them might be a bit problematic, considering their inconsistency and lack of production over a larger sample size, but a lack of cap-space has forced the Giants into this position.

Alex, Anthony, and Mike dive into each player and what we should expect from the pass rush next season under Patrick Graham. Graham formally acted as the defensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins in 2019, utilizing a primary 3-4 bass defense. He often activates his safeties and linebackers to blitz and creates unpredictability in hopes of confusing opposing offenses.

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The guys also speak about the difference in size regarding players from many years ago and what it would be like to potentially meet Brandon Jacobs in the hole. Anthony’s inability to move due to fear highlights the episode, but rather the start of sports motivates us to continue producing content on a regular basis.

Saquon Barkley and his ginormous thighs are also a prevalent topic during this episode, based on a recent video of him squatting. Is Barkley actually a Martian? It is certainly possible considering his agility and athleticism at 235 pounds.

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Listen to Episode 21 of Fireside Giants: Latest on DeAndre Baker, Daniel Jones 2020 evaluation, mailbag questions

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Another fantastic New York Giants podcast episode on the Fireside Giants channel!

The latest news on Giants’ quarterback DeAndre Baker is intriguing. According to his lawyer, Patrick Patel, Baker was playing Madden while the entire scenario of armed robbery went down.

After witnesses initially claimed Baker was the one that held everyone at gunpoint stealing their belongings, their comments were retracted, and it now seems that Baker was in the other room playing on a gaming council while the armed robbery took place in the other room.


This is quite a change of scenery and storyline from initial reports that claimed the exact opposite of what Patel is now preaching. However, we talk about this in the Fireside Giants podcast and what this means for Baker and his case. It seems as if things are looking positive for him to be released with no charges, but nothing is set in stone just yet.

Nonetheless, the Gang also dives into Daniel Jones and what his weaknesses are and how the Giants can fix them moving forward. We evaluate his tendencies and why he can take a significant step forward and 2020 with a rebuilt offense of line and healthy weapons.

We answer multiple mailbag questions left by the fans on Twitter, hitting on a timeline for Jones’ success and when the Giants could potentially move on if he doesn’t pan out. If there are any other free agents, the Giants could be interested in, and what the logistics might look like with a no-fans scenario. Also, don’t miss out on Mike’s classic binge-eating of Chipotle!

Listen to Episode 16 of Fireside Giants: One final mock draft, Tom Brady, Derrick Brown, Justin Herbert, more!

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Reviewing Episode 16 of Fireside Giants – A New York Giants Podcast hosted by Alexander Wilson, Mick Iarrapino, and Anthony Rivardo!

In the latest episode of Fireside Giants, the gang dives into the latest Tom Brady news involving Rob Gronkowski and him being traded from the Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This move comes in the wake of Brady leaving New England and starting a new chapter down south in the Sunshine State.

We take a look at how Gronk could fit into their system and if Brady can succeed there under a new scheme and offensive coordinator. We then take a dive into Derrick Brown, a defensive tackle out of Auburn, who has been linked heavily to the Giants in recent weeks.

Brown, who is one of the best talents in the draft, represents another DT that GM Dave Gettleman can invest in, having stated you cannot have too many great players at the same position, which I believe is one way of saying, you’re avoiding other significant needs to sure up a position that’s already flush with talent. One of the players being Leonard Williams, who’s set to earn over $16 million in 2020.

After diving into Brown, we take a look at the latest Justin Herbert news — FaceTiming with HC Joe Judge and what that means for the franchise. Why are the Giants expressing interest in the Oregon quarterback? What could the Giants possibility be thinking with their vested interest in him? All of these questions are answered.

To top off the final podcast before our LIVESTREAM event with NYG running back Jon Hilliman on Thursday before the draft, we gave our final predictions for the Giants and what they will do with the 4th overall selection.

Make sure to tune in at 7:30 PM on Thursday for a LIVE Q and A session with Jon — ask him about the 2019 campaign and anything in between on our Youtube Channel!