Corey Webster seems to have become the poster-boy for the New York Giants struggles on pass defense this past season and with good reason. Giants fans watched on an almost weekly basis as Webster had trouble sticking with his receiver, took bad routes, or was just outplayed. The Giants’ secondary is need of some major reinforcements and Webster is entering the final year of his contract and is due to make $7 million this season.
With almost half of the roster in need of new contracts or in need of being replaced and the Giants sitting slightly over the cap according to my projections, the Giants will need to search for deals to restructure or remove from their roster and Webster’s deal has a huge neon light on it begging for attention from Jerry Reese.
Cutting Webster would be foolish at this point. There are too many question marks in the secondary as it stands between performance and free agents. Kenny Phillips and Stevie Brown are both in need of new contracts or replacements at safety. Jayron Hosley showed flashes this past season but is still a question mark moving forward. Prince Amukamara was perhaps the best corner on the Giants roster but his health is still a question mark. Terrell Thomas missed his second consecutive season with an ACL injury and nobody knows what, if anything, he can bring to the table at this point.
The Giants need Corey Webster and there is no reason to think that age is catching up to him as he is still will only be 31 years-old and should still have a few more years of good football in him. However, it is doubtful if he is a number one corner at this point, especially after what Amukamara showed this past season.
I think Jerry Reese will look to add a year or two on Webster’s deal while freeing up much-needed money to address the many needs this off-season. Webster can still be a valuable member of the secondary and I can’t really see the Giants cutting him just for cap space unless the team and Webster really can’t come to an agreement on a new contract. However, one thing was made perfectly clear this past season; Webster won’t be making $7 million next year as a Giant.