The 2011 Giants were very fortunate to get some surprisingly good play from guys like Victor Cruz, Jake Ballard, William Beatty, and Jason Pierre-Paul. All four of those players exceeded expectations, and all four of them have extremely modest contracts in comparison to their worth on the football field this season. That’s all good.
However, the Giants got very little this season from some of their most heavily paid players, which is a major problem, not just now, but heading into next season. Jerry Reese and Co. have an extremely challenging offseason ahead, and we may see the Giants slide further into mediocrity due to a laundry list of under-performing players destroying the salary cap.
Here are some cap numbers for a number of Giants over the next few years, according to spotrac.com.
Chris Canty: Nice player, but not worth anything close to what he’s making.
2012: $7,666,667. 2013: 7,916,667. 2014: $8,166,667
Osi Umenyiora: Think he might be a pain in the ass again this offseason? I do.
Chris Snee: Once thought of as one of the top 3 or 4 guards in the league, Snee’s play fell off dramatically this season.
2012: $7,783,333. 2013: $8,783,333
Antrel Rolle: Blown coverages, missed tackles, bonehead penalties, and a weekly radio appearance in which it’s a 100% guarantee he’ll say something stupid… and his cap number is almost $10 mil. Rolle is an absolute disaster to this team.
2012: $9,100,000. 2013: $9,350,000. 2014: $9,350,000
David Diehl: Has been one of the worst starters in the league, any position.
2012: $3,825,000. 2013: $4,100,000
Justin Tuck: Banged up all season, and completely invisible.
2012: $7,500,000. 2013: $8,300,000
David Baas: Just a guy.
2012: $4,950,000. 2013: 6,200,000. 2014: $6,700,000. 2015: $6,950,000
Brandon Jacobs: Role player only.
Ahmad Bradshaw: Serious concerns about his health.
2012: $4,500,000. 2013: $5,250,000. 2014: 5,500,000