New York Giants: Straightening Out Offensive Line Should Be First Order Of Business

By Andrew Lecointe
Kirby Lee-USA Today Sports

New York Giants center David Baas was a key signing in the 2011 offseason. At the time, he was signed away from the San Francisco 49ers to a five-year deal. It turned out to be a solid signing in his first season as he helped the Giants win the Super Bowl, beating his former team in the NFC Championship Game on the way.

However, since that 2011 season, Baas has been suffering through numerous injuries that has rendered him ineffective for the past two seasons. Baas is currently 32-years old, and will be turning 33 a month into the 2014 season. The Giants must question whether they want to keep Baas beyond this season since he missed a lot of time due to injury.

Right guard Chris Snee has also battled injuries that questions his future with the Giants. Snee was drafted in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft, the same draft where quarterback Eli Manning was drafted. Snee is the son-in-law of head coach Tom Coughlin, so we’ll see if that comes to play when decisions are being made.

Snee has a player option for next season, so he’ll most likely do one of two things. He’ll either retire due to his hip injuries or exercise his player option. If he does exercise his option, the Giants will probably look for him to take a pay cut so they can fill the team’s holes. It is doubtful that Snee will be effective going forward with the hip ailments and the pounding he has taken over the course of his career.

The Giants will most certainly look in the draft to acquire offensive linemen, but they could look in free agency as well. The Giants could sign Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, but he’ll probably be a little costly. Green Bay Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith could be a possibility as well, but the Packers most likely want to keep him.

It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. So far, only the return of tackles Justin Pugh and Will Beatty are sure things. There could be a lot of change on the offensive line, so look for that to be the emphasis for GM Jerry Reese this offseason.

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