The conclusion of Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins will also mark the start of the offseason for the New York Giants. Although they’re not quite entering rebuilding mode, the Giants have to improve in a number of areas on either side of the football. The front office will have some extremely tough decisions as they decide who they are going to bring back and who they will part ways with.
One of the many free agents on New York’s roster is defensive tackle Linval Joseph. Joseph is a four-year veteran out of East Carolina. The Giants drafted Joseph in the second round of the 2010 draft, and he’s since developed into the team’s best defensive tackle. The rushing defense has had an up-and-down season, but there’s no question that it is much improved from last year. Joseph’s performance has been key in the resurgence from the d-line.
The Giants would love to bring Joseph back. He’s only 25-years old and has a very bright future ahead of him. The problem is the cost. New York simply cannot afford to sink big bills into a defensive tackle. Cullen Jenkins will be coming back for the second year of his three-year deal, as well as rookie Johnathan Hankins. Hankins was also drafted in the second round by the Giants, and he has improved over the course of the season as he has garnered more playing time.
The price will be the make-or-break factor in Joseph’s return. A team may be willing to cough up more money than the Giants can afford. New York should only bring back Joseph at a bargain. Spending too much money on him will hurt the team’s chances of improving in other areas. Keep an eye on Joseph’s free agency as the Giants’ offseason begins.