David Baas‘ season is over. On Wednesday, the New York Giants placed their starting center on the injured reserve after he suffered a knee injury against the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night. Baas was hurt on the first drive and was not able to return to the game.
It had already been a rough 2013 for Baas even before learning his season had come to an end. Baas missed the season opener with a knee injury and then missed weeks 4 through 6 after suffering a neck injury in Carolina.
Baas’ career as a Giant has likely ended as well. The nine-year veteran is set to make $8.225 million in 2014 and $8.475 in 2015. It is a contract New York would be smart to dump.
Baas won a Super Bowl with the Giants in his first year back in 2011. However, he has struggled to stay on the field, and even when he’s been healthy his performance has been lackluster. The Giants will not want to sink that kind of money into the aging offensive lineman.
In Baas’ absence, Jim Cordle will take over the starting duties. Cordle started the three weeks Baas missed after he went down in Carolina, and he has done a decent job in his place.
The Giants signed Cordle in 2010 as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State. Cordle had never started an NFL game prior to this season. He spent over a year on the practice squad before officially becoming a part of the team.
The offensive line will likely be a target for reconstruction in the offseason because of this year’s struggles. Cordle has a chance to earn his spot in the latter part of this season.