The New York Giants were expected to approach CB Corey Webster before the start of free agency and ask him to take a paycut. It isn’t certain whether the Giants were prepared to part ways with Webster if he didn’t take a paycut, but the Giants will not have to deal with that scenario. Webster agreed to take a paycut, lowering his 2013 season salary from a little over $7 million to $4 million.
Webster struggled last season, and Pro Football Focus was able to point out just how bad he played this past season. Opposing quarterbacks posted a 106.6 passer rating when throwing in Webster’s direction. Webster was constantly beat and gave up huge plays. Against the eventual champion Baltimore Ravens, Webster was targeted heavily by QB Joe Flacco.
Webster wasn’t the only one who agreed to take a paycut. OL David Baas agreed to take a paycut yet again. The Giants will pay the money cut from his salary in bonuses. This is the second consecutive off-season Baas has agreed to take a paycut. Baas was productive on the offensive line in his first season, developing quarterback-center chemistry with QB Eli Manning. Baas didn’t play as well this past season, but he doesn’t stand to lose anything if he makes up the $3 million cut from his salary in bonuses.
The Giants were very likely to have cut Webster if he didn’t agree to take a paycut. CB Prince Amukamara quietly had a solid season, even though injuries forced him out of action for a couple of games. CB Jayron Hosley still has a lot to improve upon, but he’s just coming off of his rookie year. Webster turned 31 years old five days ago, so he must have a productive 2013 season if he wants to hang around the NFL much longer.
OL David Diehl is certainly next in line for taking a paycut, so he better be prepared or he’ll have to face being cut.