The New York Giants are officially no longer reigning champions after the Ravens won the Super Bowl Sunday night. So let’s start looking toward 2013 with a position-by-position breakdown of the Giants leading into the scouting combine and free agency.
We start with quarterback.
Overview: Manning won nine games for the second straight year, but he saw his numbers dip from 4,933 yards, 29 touchdowns and a 61 percent completion rate in 2011 to 3,948 yards, 26 touchdowns and a 59.9 percent completion clip this season. It's the first time Manning failed to reach 4,000 yards passing in a season since 2008. There weren’t as many dramatic fourth-quarter comebacks and there were no playoffs this time around as Manning threw for one touchdown or less in a game 10 times this past season. He had a three-game stretch without a touchdown pass for the first time since his rookie season. Manning denied having a tired arm. Hakeem Nicks’ knee and foot injuries had a major impact on Manning and the offense, which sorely missed Nicks’ big-play ability. Manning also lacked a consistent third receiving threat as well.
Free agents: Carr.
2013 personnel preview: Manning will work his tail off in the offseason to get back closer to the level of play he exhibited in 2011. He will benefit greatly from having a healthier Nicks and a third threat such as Rueben Randle or Martellus Bennett, who is an unrestricted free agent. And obviously Victor Cruz’s status is important since the restricted free agent is seeking an extension. What will greatly impact Manning is his offensive line. Left tackle Will Beatty and left guard Kevin Boothe are unrestricted free agents, and it remains to be seen who will start at right tackle next season. Carr is an unrestricted free agent but an experienced backup who helps with the scout team. It still wouldn’t be a bad idea to groom a young talent for much later down the road or in case of emergency, but keeping three quarterbacks is not ideal. The team did sign Curtis Painter to a reserve/future contract.
Salary-cap situation: Manning will make $13 million in base salary this season. The Giants are projected to be $4.7 million over the cap. Considering that they need to re-sign Beatty, Boothe and want to sign Nicks and Cruz to new deals, they will need to restructure some contracts. Manning makes the most money on the team. The Giants won’t spend much else on the position after that.
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