Who Will And Won’t Return To New York Giants In 2014
Who's Coming Back In 2014?
The New York Giants are 5-8 and officially out of the playoff race for the 2013 NFL season. The team has been a complete disaster everywhere on the field, and to be honest, Big Blue didn’t deserve to be in the postseason with this kind of play showed throughout the past few months.
Forget the injuries, the four game winning streak, and any possible excuse being spurted out for fans and players; it's all a smokescreen for the true Giants this year.
Many players on this team have expiring contracts after 2013, and none of their jobs are safe this coming offseason after the poor play and effort shown the past few months.
It is no question that the roster has severely underperformed to how they were expected to play early this season. And due to this fact, on top of the financial aspect of the situation, fans may not see some of their favorite players return next year.
It is without a doubt one of the most discouraging, depressing seasons from the Giants for quite some time as most fans struggled each Sunday watching what they believed were their favorite team getting demolished week in and week out.
Though this issue is also in large part to some of the worst play-calling the team and organization has seen in years, the players have not been playing up to their potential and talent.
In this slideshow, we will take a look of the impeding free agents for the New York Giants and determine who will stay on the team next season and who will be shown the door.
Will: Bear Pascoe
This tight end, though not a major threat in the passing game, has provided quality blocking which is something rarely showed by any other TE on the roster. Due to these skills and abilities showcased on special teams Pascoe won’t be going anywhere, and he’ll be relatively inexpensive.
Won't: Jim Cordle
Cordle is an interesting impeding free agent this offseason as he has been a pretty decent backup center for the Giants. However, the fact that offensive line will be a priority to fix before the 2014 season and his injury history mean that the center will probably be the odd man out for Big Blue’s underachieving line.
Will: Stevie Brown
Regardless of his season-ending injury in 2013, Brown has provided enough of an impact while on the field to keep under any circumstance. He as incredible field vision and hands in the secondary, and keeping him for 2014 will be a priority to maintain and build upon the new Giants defense.
Won't: Terrell Thomas
The Giants have given Thomas so many opportunities and attention over the past few seasons, even with his season-ending injuries, that you may think that trend will continue into next year. Well, even when healthy, which is rare, he just isn’t the difference maker that many thought he could be while playing cornerback. His luck will run out with the Giants this offseason.
Will: Aaron Ross
Ross isn’t so much a player that the Giants can’t live without but a quality corner that can do a decent job in pass coverage and provide some stability, again, when healthy. Ross tried the experiment of trying to leave last season to another team but came right back. The Giants will keep him as a security blanket for the secondary but won’t overpay for the CB.
Won't: Louis Murphy Jr.
Murphy Jr. came in this offseason as a receiver that would stretch the field and make big plays. However, that has not been the case. The former Raiders WR has barely contributed to the offense in 2013, and with the quality of receivers on the Giants he won’t be back next year.
Will: Kevin Boothe
The offensive line is in complete rebuild mode as players have struggled to keep Manning upright the entire season. However, Boothe has provided some stability and can play multiple positions on the line which makes him an asset to keep on the roster. Still, he's another player the Giants won’t overpay for, but they shouldn’t need to.
Won't: Corey Webster
Some fans are in shock that Webster is still on this roster with his atrocious play over the past few seasons as a starting CB for the Giants. He hasn’t been a contributor to the secondary in quite some time which will lead to his exit in 2014.
Will: Brandon Jacobs
Jacobs is a guy that everyone loves, in and out of the locker room, due to his leadership and passion for Giants football. The re-signing of the RB is more of a move to keep leadership and motivation for the offense than actual stats and numbers every Sunday. If Jacobs doesn’t return look for him to retire as a Giant before the 2014 season.
Won't: Linval Joseph
As much as this may hurt Giants fans to read, Joseph won’t be back next season. As one of the biggest contributors on the defensive line the DT will be looking for a large payday, and with the talent on the line right now it would be shocking to see the Giants give Joseph a huge contract to retain him. By all means, if Jerry Reese can convince him to stay for a reasonable contract then he’ll be back, but I just don’t see that happening.
Will: Hakeem Nicks
Though maybe surprising to see, Nicks should return for the 2014 season as his value has significantly decreased this year and injury history may scare away potential employers this offseason. The WR will sign a contract with the Giants this offseason to retain one of Manning’s favorite targets, and it shouldn’t be too expensive.
Won't: Keith Rivers
A linebacker that was once considered the future star in the NFL, Rivers has significantly underachieved since entering the league. Playing from team to team, the Giants will see that this experiment again failed and will be looking somewhere else to bolster the LB position.
Will: Jon Beason
Need we say more here? Since trading for Beason early in the season, the LB has motivated and led his team in ways fans haven’t seen in a player for a long time. The former Pro-Bowler will be back in 2014 as the Giants will give him almost anything to retain him for a long time to lead the defense back into playoff contention.
Won't: Brandon Myers
The Giants rarely keep their starting tight end after every season, and Myers will be no different. Big Blue will be searching for their future TE again this offseason, hopefully one that can protect and catch in the Giants offense for the first time in decades.
Will: Justin Tuck
Tuck is the leader, heart, and soul of the Giants -- period. On top of that, he is having a heck of a season in 2013 which will garner him an extension in New York and most likely allow him to retire a Giant when it’s time.
Won't: Peyton Hillis
Unfortunately, Hillis won’t be back next year. Though he has having himself quite the bounce-back season in 2013, there are too many RBs on the roster for him to be in the Giants' future plans since he was brought in primarily as some relief to the depleted squad early this season.