After a disappointing season in which the Giants failed to reach the postseason, they have a lot of work to do in the upcoming weeks to give themselves a chance to make a run this year. The Giants salary is reportedly 11.3 million dollars over the cap for the upcoming season, so the Giants have tough decisions to make. Here are a couple of matters the Giants need to address.
Who is Eli Manning going to hand the ball to?
Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for a career-high 1,235 yards last season, but is demanding a large sum of money to continue playing on the team this season. With Brandon Jacobs signed for two more years, the Giants might be more willing to sign a cheaper option such as former Panther D’Angelo Williams. Williams spent much of last year injured but was considered one of the top backs in the league going into the season.
Deal with Osi Umenyiora
The Giants solved their major offensive line problem by agreeing to sign former 49er center David Baas after cutting Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert. Now they have to figure out their defensive line. Umenyiora, one of the league’s most dominant defensive ends, has two more years on his contract, but believes he deserves more money. He demanded either a raise or a trade, but with the Giants already over the cap, a raise is unlikely, and a training camp holdout is a possibility.
Resign Steve Smith
Smith was the Giants’ second string receiver, but ended his season early when he got micro-fracture surgery in his knee. The Giants have one of the best receivers in the league in Hakeem Nicks, and Mario Manningham had a good season, but a third receiver will make a big difference, and Smith is a big threat out of the slot. Due to his injury, other teams are unlikely to offer him a large contract, so the Giants will be able to sign him to a small contract. If he can stay healthy, Smith is on the verge of a breakout season, and Eli Manning may finally have two reliable targets to throw to. The other option for a cheap receiver may be former Giant Plaxico Burress.