There has been a bunch of notable New York Giants storylines the past few days, most filtering from the NFL’s annual meeting in Phoenix.
There the owners, John Mara and Steve Tisch, talked to the assembled media for the first time since before the start of last season, and coach Ben McAdoo will sit down with reporters for an hour on Wednesday morning. New addition Brandon Marshall was also present to address the owners, and he talked to a large media contingent about, well, everything.
Let’s break down some of what Mara and Tisch said, plus some other Giants reports and rumors:
My take: This is something that has been floating around for weeks. Mangold’s former Jets teammate Willie Colon said on 98.7 ESPN New York recently there have been “rumblings” about the Giants’ interest in signing Mangold, a free agent, as a guard. It’s something I’ve checked on multiple times, and nothing seems to be brewing. Not that I doubt there was a call made at some point to gauge Mangold’s interest. That seems reasonable. But it seems highly unlikely that Mangold would be interested. He’s a center. He’s played center just about his entire life. By all accounts, he still wants to be a starting center.
The Giants have a starting center in Weston Richburg. They also have a left guard in Justin Pugh who isn’t going anywhere, and they recently signed D.J. Fluker and John Jerry with the intention of having them compete at right guard. Mangold, a proven player who can still get a job as a center in the NFL, wouldn’t be guaranteed anything with the Giants, even if he were to switch to guard. So the Giants don’t make a ton of sense for him. It would be surprising to see anything come of this.
My take: This is how the Giants conduct business. They make an offer to their own free agents and allow them to test the waters to beat it if they so please. They rarely budge much, if at all. Hankins went on the market, and his agent started throwing around silly numbers, well over $10 million per year, for his client’s services. Hankins has been waiting for that mega-deal ever since, and it doesn’t seem to be coming.
At some point between now and the draft, Hankins will have to make a decision. Does he accept the Giants’ standing multiyear deal or aim for a one-year contract that allows him to hit the market again next year? The Giants may not be willing to go the one-year route.
Ownership is much happier with general manager Jerry Reese this year. The New York Post details just how ecstatic they are with his performance over the past year. Tisch called it “fantastic.”
My take: It’s hard to come away with any other opinion of Reese's work over the past year. He hit the lottery in free agency last year with Janoris Jenkins, Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison. And there was a lot to like about his top picks (Eli Apple and Sterling Shepard) in the 2016 NFL draft. The emergence of 2015 second-round pick Landon Collins into an All-Pro has also helped Reese’s cause. He has been “fantastic.”
My take: Beckham’s not a bad guy. He’s a good teammate and extremely well liked. It’s easy for the Giants to stand behind him, despite him allowing his emotions to get the best of him at times. They have to, really, because Beckham isn't going anywhere for a long, long time.