Here are the Giants Transactions since the beginning of the year:
Date / Description
04/04/2014 Travis Harvey (WR) – Signed as a Free Agent| Age 23-- Terms of the deal not disclosed and a long shot to make the team.
04/04/2014 Kellen Davis (TE) – Signed as a Free Agent | Age 28-- 1 yr deal
04/02/2014 Robert Ayers (DE) – Signed as a Free Agent | Age 28-- 2yr deal
04/01/2014 Charles Brown (OT) – Signed as a Free Agent | Age 26---- 1 yr deal, $795,000
03/31/2014 Zack Bowman (CB) – Signed as a Free Agent | Age 29-- 1 yr deal, $795,000
03/31/2014 Mike Patterson (DT) – Re-Signed | Age 30-- 1 yr deal, $920,000
03/21/2014 John Jerry (OL) – Signed as a Free Agent | Age 27-- 1 yr deal $795,000
03/18/2014 Mario Manningham (WR) – Signed as a Free Agent | Age 27-- 1 yr $795,000
03/17/2014 Spencer Paysinger (LB) – Signed Restricted Free Agent Tender | Age 25-- 1 yr $1,431,000
03/17/2014 Trindon Holliday (WR/KR) – Signed as a Free Agent |Age 27-- 1 yr $700,000
03/17/2014 Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (CB) – Signed as Free Agent| Age 27-- 5 yr $35,000,000
03/16/2014 Walter Thurmond (CB) – Signed as a Free Agent| Age 26--1 yr $3,000,000
03/16/2014 Quintin Demps (S) – Signed as a Free Agent | Age 28-- 1 yr $1,000,000
03/14/2014 Jameel McClain (LB) – signed as free agent| Age 28-- 2 yr $4,500,000
03/14/2014 Jon Beason (LB) – Re-Signs | Age 29-- 3 yr $16,800,000
03/14/2014 Henry Hynoski (FB) – Re-signs | Age 25--1 yr $1,000,000
03/12/2014 Curtis Painter (QB) – Re-Signed| Age 28-- 1 yr $795,000
03/12/2014 Peyton Hillis (RB) – Re-Signed | Age 28-- 2 yr $1,800,000
03/12/2014 Trumaine McBride (CB) – Re-Signed | Age 28-- 2 yr $2,875,000
03/12/2014 J.D. Walton (C) – Signed as a Free Agent | Age 27--2 yr $6,000,000
03/12/2014 Rashad Jennings (RB) – Signed as a Free Agent| Age 29--4 yr $10,000,000
03/12/2014 Geoff Schwartz (G) – Signed as a Free Agent| Age 27-- 4 yr $16,800,000
03/12/2014 Josh Brown (K) – Signed to Contract Extension| Age 34-- 2 yr $2,500,000
03/12/2014 Marcus Dowtin (LB) – | Waived
03/12/2014 Stevie Brown (S) – Signed to Contract Extension | Age 26-- 1 yr $2,750,000
03/12/2014 David Baas (C) – Contract Terminated
01/13/2014 Jordan Gay (P) – Signed to Reserve/Futures contract
01/07/2014 Preston Parker (WR) – Signed as a free agent| Age 27-- 2 yr $1,230,000
01/07/2014 Troy Kropog (OL) – Signed as a free agent Age-27, 2 yr $1,390,000
01/07/2014 Daniel Fells (TE) – Signed as a Free Agent| Age 30-- 1 yr $730,000
01/07/2014 Spencer Adkins (LB) – Signed as a Free Agent| Age 26--1 yr $645,000
01/06/2014 Brandon McManus (K) – Signed as Free Agent| Age 22--2 yr $930,000
So what did you take from this list the average age of the person signed is 27.3 and for the most part everyone is getting prove it deals which are 1 to 2 yr. deals. Here are some thoughts on the signings:
Youth. It shows that the Giants wanted to get younger if you are over 30 it's time to move on from you because we want people in the prime age of their careers where they are playing well enough in the league to still be in the league at that age. (The average player does not stay in the league more than 3 years)
Injury concerns. Big Blue wanted to avoid another year of people having most of the team on the inactive list so from what I can see there aren't a lot of people on this list that have a history of injuries and if they do (which I am not aware of) there is little risk.
Knowing what it takes to win. They wanted experienced winners hence you see most of these free agents coming from this past year's playoff teams and super bowl teams (Thurmond, Rodgers-Cromartie, Ayers, Davis, Holliday)
Win now. There is an urgency to win this year. This team is not built for the future, so with all these 1 to 2 year deals these players came together maybe for less security to win now or they want a chance to show they are worth big money after this contract so what better way than to highlight yourself than getting into the playoffs or Super Bowl.
Motivation. Giving the players a sense of fear/motivation because the Giants are showing if we don't win we are not scared to change everything up once again. They will not be stuck under huge contracts that make it difficult to turnover the roster if that is needed.
In Coughlin we trust. Last it shows me the confidence the Giants have in Tom Coughlin to bring all these new individuals into the fold and believe that he can show them the way to the promise land even being the oldest head coach in the league.
So my question is this does the front office of the Giants believe more in Coughlin's abilities as a coach or are they counting on all these experienced winners to lead the way, maybe both.
The Giants are working like a team that is not building for the future but trying to win this year but with the potential to continue to win for a few more years. It remains to be seen whether the coaching staff and front office can make all of these new talents and personalities mesh to form a championship contending squad.