The New York Giants have many upcoming free agents this season. The sexiest name out there is Victor Cruz, who’s a restricted free agent and in all honesty, I would be shocked if I’m not posting about a contract extension for him in the next month or two. The one name that’s important that may not be really talked about is Will Beatty.
Coming into the season, I was quite skeptical as to whether Beatty would be able to perform in a starter’s role. The former second round pick had battled injury and ineffectiveness. Beatty was anything but in 2012 and he did a great job protecting Eli Manning’s blindside.
The tackle position is still a valuable one, even though it may not be as in vogue as it was in year’s past, especially when the movie Blindside came out. Beatty’s value is important. The Giants are at a little bit of a crossroads with their offensive line. It appears the interior of the line will be intact with Dave Baas, Chris Snee and Kevin Boothe. I fully expect David Diehl to be a salary cap casualty. Sean Locklear blew out his knee late in the year. Do the Giants really want two question marks at tackle going into the 2013 season?
If you’re into advanced football stats, Pro Football Focus rated Beatty it’s highest free agent on the Giants. He really had a great season for the team and because of his history of injury, there’s a chance they could get him at a discounted rate. Expect him to be re-signed and probably rather quickly.