That act set in motion several possibilities as to the Giants' intentions during not only the free agency period but the college player draft next April.
Green, was an expensive UFA signing two years ago who never really made
an impact. He spent much of his time being injured and/or in the dog house
run by head coach Tom Coughlin.
In his first year, (2004) he saw action in the first 10 games (nine as a
starter) but then came up with a knee injury and missed the rest of the
season. Last year he barely made it onto the field for one game in early
October, after which he was injured again and spent the rest of the season
on Injured Reserve.
The son of one-time Giants' strong safety Joe Green, Barrett was signed
from the Detroit Lions and the expectation was for him to be a fixture at
Instead, he became a liability, and in turn gave a chance to young Nick Greisen, who started most of the season on the weakside until he had to move
into the middle to replace Antonio Pierce.
Through the good fortune of finding a free agent rookie, Chase Blackburn,
who could handle the middle, Greisen moved back to weakside and emerged as a
Now he's a free agent and indication are that he wants two conditions to
be met before re-signing with the Giants -- he wants to be paid as a starter
(not thought to be a problem) and he wants to play inside (a major problem
unless the Giants go to a 3-4, which is not in their plans).
So Greisen may take a free agent walk (to Green Bay?) and without Green
the Giants are stuck without a viable weakside backer.
Hence the free agency period and the draft. High on their list is Julian Peterson of San Francisco, although they'd probably be happy to "settle" for
David Thornton of Indianapolis.
--It was in 2002 that the Giants took a gamble and selected offensive
tackle Jeff Hatch from the University of Pennsylvania in the third round.
Why? "He was the last true left tackle available," said general manager
Ernie Accorsi. Perhaps, but he wasn't able to make the NFL level, and when
they took him, the Giants passed on such as defensive end Alex Brown
(Chicago), cornerback Brian Williams (Minnesota) and linebacker David
Thornton (Indianapolis). Brown and Williams went to the Pro Bowl; Thornton
is a useful player for the Colts.
--In the event that the Giants release LT Luke Petitgout, the immediate
solution might be to move LG David Diehl into the position. That would give
him the unlikely quinella of starting at four O-line positions in four
years. He has previously played RG, RT and LG. Think he can play center,
--The Giants are quietly considering stocking up on WRs with speed, since
the two they thought they could count on, Tim Carter and Jamaar Taylor, have
not managed to stay healthy the last two years. A third, Pro Bowl special
teams player David Tyree, appears to have fallen out of the WR derby.
--TE Visanthe Shiancoe is a RFA and might attract a few teams based on
the same qualities that prompted the Giants to draft him in the third round
out of Morgan State in 2003, overwhelming athleticism but not much practical
playing performance. If he does go, add another position to the team's "Must
Have" list, that of a blocking backup TE for Jeremy Shockey.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
--DT Kenderick Allen is a useful reserve and might even be a stop-gap
starter. He shouldn't cost too much and will probably be retained.
--RCB Will Allen seems to have outlived his usefulness with the Giants.
He covers "soft," didn't have an interception in 2005 and flat-out missed or
dropped six sure interceptions. He won't take less money to be a backup, so
he has to move on.
--WR Tim Carter has the speed and size but just can't seem to stay
healthy. The Giants would like to retain his services but considering his
track record, they won't go too high to keep him, dollar-wise.
--DT Kendrick Clancy was signed last year as a free agent from Pittsburgh
and played well as the starter on the left side. He will be pursued by other
teams but has proven his value to the Giants and they'll do everything they
can to keep him.
--WLB/MLB Nick Greisen became a starter and a near-star last season at
two positions following injuries, and now wants to be paid starter money.
The Giants cannot afford to lose him, but they may not be able to pay him
what another team might decide to offer.
--QB Tim Hasselbeck didn't get to throw a single pass and may not be
retained since he wasn't the Giants' first choice as Eli Manning's backup
anyway. That was Jim Miller, the veteran who injured himself in minicamp.
--KR Chad Morton proved to be valuable as a return specialist and should
be kept. He saves the Giants a roster spot and that is no small blessing.
But he might want too much in terms of his position, and could take a better
--LT Bob Whitfield was a spot of sunshine, a 34-year-old veteran who
didn't complain about sitting on the bench, who played well when called upon
and who served as an on-the-field coach for some of the younger tackles.
He'll be far more important if Luke Petitgout is released.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
--WR/KR Willie Ponder seems to have fallen deep into coach Tom Coughlin's
dog house and isn't expected to recover. Why? He fumbled two kickoff
returns. That's tantamount to sharing the playbook with the opposition.
--TE Visanthe Shiancoe was a third-round pick out of Morgan State three
years ago and while his athletic abilities never let him down, he just
hasn't picked up the position. He might be too expensive to keep, an
experiment gone bad.
--WR David Tyree made the NFC Pro Bowl roster as the special teams
designate, but his usefulness as a WR took a nosedive. He is exceptional on
specials and the team would like to keep him. But at what price?
--CB Frank Walker has virtually no chance of sticking. He makes too many
unnecessary mistakes for coach Tom Coughlin and doesn't have starting
credentials even on a team desperate for CBs.
--S Brent Alexander (released).
--LB Barrett Green (released).
--OG Jason Whittle (released).
MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.
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