3 Bold Predictions for the Giants Offseason
The New York Giants enter the offseason following another underwhelming display throughout the 2021 NFL season. Now, new head coach Brian Daboll is tasked with helping guide the Giants to their first playoff appearance since 2016.
New York has a total of nine 2022 NFL Draft picks to help them turn things around this offseason. However, the team has -$11.5 million in cap space, according to Spotrac, so general manager Joe Schoen must work some magic to free up some cash.
Having said that, here's a look at three bold predictions for the Giants' offseason.
Giants Bold Predictions
1. Giants Go Heavy with Offensive Linemen at 2022 NFL Draft
As mentioned before, the Giants will have nine selections to make at the 2022 NFL Draft in April — including Picks No. 5 and 7. While New York could take multiple paths at the draft, rebuilding their offensive line should be Schoen's top priority. The Giants' OL was among the worst last season, rarely giving QB Daniel Jones any time to think. The good news is that there are some solid options on the draft board, especially close to the beginning of the first round. Offensive linemen like Mississippi State's Charles Cross or NC State's Ikem Ekwonu could make a world of difference for New York. Even drafting multiple o-linemen in the first round would give the Giants a trustworthy unit upfront for years to come.
2. Giants Restructure Blake Martinez's contract... Again
An ACL tear held veteran linebacker Blake Martinez to just three games played in 2021. He'll likely be back at full strength for the 2022 campaign, however, the Giants may want to restructure his contract before he takes the field. They already did that last season, but Martinez's $14 million cap hit next season is still the fifth-highest on the team. While the Giants could save about $8.5 million by cutting him, he's still a valuable player when healthy. That's why it makes sense to add on a void year and restructure his contract so that New York can improve its offense.
3. New York Loses Evan Engram in Free Agency
Veteran tight end Evan Engram had his worst campaign as a Giant in 2021, finishing with a career-low 408 receiving yards, along with three touchdowns, on 46 catches over 15 games. Even though his performance is underwhelming, a lot of TE-needy teams will be pursuing him this offseason and his asking price may be more than what the Giants can afford. According to Spotrac, Engram's estimated market value is $6.7 million, which is a lot for a New York team that already has $7.4 million committed to Kyle Rudolph. Taking that into account, it makes a lot of financial sense for the Giants to let Engram walk this offseason.
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