Accorsi went on record saying he was going to get the Giants out of salary cap trouble, and would not mortgage the teams' future. To that end, the organization let it be known that both Strahan and Collins would be allowed to play out their contracts. Both players become free agents after the 2002 season.
And why not? It's a good strategy. Strahan is coming off a career year, took the sack record, and dominated in almost every way. There is a good chance he'll have a good season, but not another NFL record breaker. And contract negotiations could be a lot easier on the Giants with that stellar season one year behind him.
The issue for Strahan is the guaranteed money, not the annual salary. In February Strahan's agent, Tony Agnone reject the offer of $58.1 million over seven years.
Strahan has somewhat damaged his image. Since going public with his frustration, he's been disturbed to hear that some people are thinking he's being greedy. The Giants' offer, he countered, is only for $300,000 a year more than he's now making.
There is no doubt Giants fans love Michael Strahan, but when a guy makes more money in a signing bonus than the average season ticket holder makes in their lifetime, its hard to have sympathy for the big guy.
The $trahan $aga continues...