New York Giants: Corey Webster Could Be Salary Cap Casualty In Offseason

By Andrew Lecointe
Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports

The New York Giants have officially placed cornerback Corey Webster on season-ending injured reserve, so it is very likely that his career with the Giants is over. Webster has a player option for the 2014 season which he will most likely look to exercise. However, GM Jerry Reese may be in cost-cutting mode again this offseason since other young players may be signed to long-term deals.

The Giants already asked Webster to take a pay cut last offseason. If he hadn’t obliged, it was very likely the Giants would’ve cut him outright. The Giants still had Webster as the starting cornerback opposite Prince Amukamara going into the season. However, injuries have limited Webster to only four games. Cornerback Trumaine McBride came in and played well in Webster’s absence, making it a little easier to let Webster go.

McBride will be a free agent as well, so the Giants will probably look to bring him back at a cheap price. If they can, Webster is all but certainly gone. Even if they couldn’t get McBride at a cheap price, Webster just hasn’t shown the Giants any reason to bring him back and use up a couple millions of dollars in cap space.

Look for the Giants to improve their secondary through the draft. They’ll need more cornerbacks after Webster’s eventual departure, in addition to the fact that Amukamara is injury-prone at times. If the Giants are looking to draft a cornerback, they should draft someone who can make plays. While Amukamara is good, he doesn’t make many game-changing plays. The Giants need that in the worst way.

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