Should he stay or go: Kevin Boothe

Kevin Boothe has been a mainstay on the Giants' offensive line the past few seasons and a memeber of the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl winning squads. Still question remains should the Giants re-sign Boothe or should they let him walk? To get all the latest news on the Giants and everything Big Blue, keep following us on The Giants Beat.

Decisions, decisions, and more decisions. That's what the New York Giants need to make on their roster ahead of the 2014 season. 2013 was a season that fell short of expectations and missing the playoffs for the second straight year, the Giants need to think hard about what their roster needs to look like 2014 to make it back to the postseason. With 24 players from the 2013 season up for free agency, the Giants may be in store for a big roster overhaul for 2014 and need to make decisions on what players they want keep and those who they will let walk way. One player is offensive lineman Kevin Boothe.

Boothe has been starter on the Giants offensive line the past four seasons. After coming over from the Oakland Raiders before the 2007 season, Boothe has been a part of the past two Giants Super Bowl winning teams and was a major part of the last Super Bowl. In his seven seasons with the Giants, Boothe has been a valuable part of the Giants' offensive line being a great backup for his first treen seasons and then a starter for the past four. Boothe has also been very versatile for the Giants, playing not just guard, but also center as well. With injuries plaguing the Giants offensive the past few seasons, Boothe has been a constant force. The question is though, is Boothe worth re-signing? He is a good offensive lineman, but he isn't stellar. He is smaller in weight than most offensive lineman and did not have such a great 2013 season after playing well the past few seasons. Big Blue has players on its roster like rookie offensive lineman Eric Herman and veteran Evan Mathias, who did play well at left guard in the last two games of the season to replace Boothe.

The Giants can also go out in free agency and sign a offensive lineman like Kansas City Chiefs guard Geoff Schwartz. A big man standing at 6-foot-6, weighing in at 340, who is very physical at the point of attack; makes him great at running blocker. Another option for the Giants in free agency is signing one of the best offensive lineman in the league in Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross. Since entering the league in 2003, Gross has been a great player. In his career Gross has shown he can play both guard or tackle with the Panthers and his good all around. The Giants could also look to the draft and take a gander on guy like Greg Robinson from Auburn or Taylor Lewan from Michigan.

With all that said though Booth is still worth re-signing with his ability to play center. Boothe has shown can be a true starting center in the NFL and with uncertainty in the health of center David Baas, who is also a salary cap problem for 2014, the Giants may as well re-sign Boothe. He is good in pass protection and has stayed healthy throughout his time in New York. Even if they re-sign Boothe, the Giants need to find a way to upgrade their offensive line, which clearly is the biggest need on the team right now.


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