Talk of spring training and daylight saving’s time are in the air, but the only thing on my mind is football. All 32 teams are locked in their respective headquarters, reviewing contracts, considering roster cuts, free agency additions, and potential draft picks.
Inking tackle William Beatty to a new deal helped to settle some of the dust surrounding the Giants’ offensive line – good news for Big Blue. Now they turn their attention to Kevin Boothe. Re-signing Boothe and fortifying the line will serve Eli Manning well, as his opportunities to stand in the pocket were at times limited as a result of inconsistency up front.
How much cap-space do the Giants want to invest in Victor Cruz? Look for the Big Blue to place a first-round tender on Cruz while they try to assess what they have in Rueben Randle. Hakeem Nicks will be an unrestricted free agent in 2014, and will command a high salary. With a deep receiving class in the 2013 draft, the Giants may choose to invest a draft pick in another young target for Eli Manning, and part ways with either Nicks or Cruz come 2014.
The latest rumors swirling around have the Giants inquiring about the services of defensive back Charles Woodson, and running back Michael Turner.
Rumors attributed to “league sources” have Darrelle Revis as good as gone. If the Jets can add multiple picks in exchange for Revis to address needs on both sides of the ball, this makes sense. Revis is by far the Jets’ best player, but how much value is there in a shut-down corner when you can’t forge a pass rush, or sustain drives on offense?
General Manager Jeff Idzik recently alluded to the possibility of Tim Tebow remaining with the team for 2013. Regardless of whether this is to instigate a possible trade for Tebow, or a sudden change of heart by Jets’ brass, it portrays the front office as unstable. With so much reported in the media regarding the lack of confidence in Tebow from the front office, down to the coaching staff, the Jets would be well served to cut their losses as soon as possible. Do the right thing –wash your hands of the situation, allow Tebow the opportunity to compete for a roster spot elsewhere, and move on. The media has portrayed the Jets’ decision-making as inconsistent at best, and the team has not done much to disprove their reputation.