By: Vin D’Anton
WR Ramses Barden still an option for Giants: The 27-year old free agent is not expected to come back in 2013 and with the signing of Louis Murphy, you would think the Barden door has completely closed. According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News it is not. Barden himself thought it would be best if the two parties went their separate ways but he has drawn no interest in the first week of free agency. If Barden were to re-sign, he would be competing for the No. 4 or 5 receiver spot. Barden started one career game in four years and it came on Thursday Night Football against Carolina last season. He had 9RECs for 138YDS in a 36-7 beat-down.
Giants looked at QB Matt Hasselbeck: Hasselbeck has agreed to terms with the Colts, but before that happened, Jenny Vrentas of The Newark Star-Ledger reported that the Giants had interest in making him the second Hasselbeck to back up Eli Manning. Matt’s brother Tim backed up Eli in 2005. The 37-year old Matt took the Seahawks to Super Bowl XL, has been to four Pro Bowls and has 201 career TD passes. He has agreed to a two-year deal with Indy. The Giants are still in search of a back-up as David Carr is still a free agent.
Two teams interested in DE Osi Umenyiora: The strip-sack King is finally gaining suitors. USA Today’s Mike Garafolo reports that the Dolphins and Lions are interested in the 31-year old, who was All Pro in 2005. Osi spent nine years with the Giants, the team that drafted him. He has 75 career sacks and set the record for most forced fumbles in a season with ten in 2010. Bears CB Charles Tillman tied the record this season. I don’t see a pure favorite out of the two teams because both teams need a pass rusher.
S Kenny Phillips’ contract with Eagles is near worthless: Talk about a stab. The Giants did make an offer to the free agent before the market opened but Phillips settled for peanuts with the archenemy after he turned down Jerry Reese’s offer. Phillips will make nothing if he doesn’t make the 53-man roster. Phillips has also been injury prone his entire career.
If Phillips does remain on the Eagles’ roster for the entire season, he will collect an $850,000 base salary, $1 million dollar roster bonus (to be paid out over 17 weeks) and a $150,000 workout bonus. Hope the door hit you on your rear end on the way out.
Giants awarded a Compensatory Pick in 2013 Draft: Yesterday, the Giants received an additional seventh-round draft choice when the NFL awarded a total of 32 compensatory choices in the 2013 NFL Draft. The pick is the 47th in the seventh round, the 253rd overall selection. It is the second-to-last pick in the draft. Former RB Ahmad Bradshaw was the 250th overall pick in the 2007 Draft, also a compensatory pick.
Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The number of picks a team receives equals the net loss of compensatory free agents up to a maximum of four. The 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 222 choices in the seven rounds of the 2013 Draft.
Last off-season, the Giants lost free agents WR Mario Manningham, CB Aaron Ross and DE Dave Tollefson and signed TE Martellus Bennett, OT Sean Locklear and DT Shaun Rogers. Ross was a 1st rounder and Manningham was a 3rd rounder, so in a way the Giants got screwed.
The Giants will have eight selections in the seven-round draft which are as follows:
Round Pick Overall
1 19 19
2 19 49
3 19 81
4 19 116
5 19 152
6 19 187
7 19 225
7 47 253