With the free agent frenzy having officially begun, already Giants players (past, present, and possibly future) have been caught in the storm. There have been rumors, speculation, signings, releases, etc...
Monday the Giants released linemen Shaun O'Hara, Rich Seubert, and Shawn Andrews. O'Hara and Seubert were vital pieces of the Giants core 5 starting line which only a few years ago ranked as one of the best in the league. Unfortunately injuries and old age have derailed and decimated that line into one of the weaker and inexperienced in the league
On the others side of the ball, Barry Coefield last season's defensive tackle was the first Giants player to be signed. Unfortunately for the Giant he not only chose to not re sign with the Big Blue, but instead reportedly (The Washington Post and several other sources) agreed to terms to play for the rival Washington Redskins. The Redskins are in desperate need of a defensive boost especially with the failed $100 million acquisition of Albert Hanesworth.
Giants free agent running backs Ahmad Bradshaw and Brandon Jacobs were also in the news as both have stated they would like to remain with the Giants, Jacobs even went as far as saying he would take a pay cut. This is incredible news for the Giants in their hopes have resigning both Bradshaw and Jacobs and keeping the tandem of "Thunder and Lightning" in the big apple.
New York Giants wide receiver Steve Smith has also stated on his facebook page that he wants to remain a New York Giants. The franchise record holder for most receptions in a season declared
The Giants may have not re signed any key players, but they did agree on an extension with head coach Tom Coughlin. Coughlin was on the last year of a contract extension he signed in 2008, after the Giants Superbowl victory of the Patriots. Coughlin is signed through 2012. Coughlin, who holds a record of 65-47 as Giants' head coach is third on the franchise's all time list for wins, Steve Owen (153 wins) and Bill Parcells (77) are both ahead.
“As we said after the season, we strongly believe in Tom,” co-owner and team president John Mara said. “We believe in the job he has done, and we believe in his ability to lead our team in the future. Everybody was on the same page in arriving at the extension.”
Former Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress made headlines today by reportedly agreeing to meet with Giants' representatives (including head coach Tom Coughlin) friday to discuss a possible return. Burress's other former team the Pittsburgh Steelers are also rumored to be interested in the troubled but talented wideout. ESPN's Dan Graziano even claimed that it may come down to "Steelers vs Giants" to where Burress will be headed to. "It's going to be crazy," Burress told The Star-Ledger of Newark Tuesday night, regarding the planned meeting.
New York Giants owner John Mara speaks to the press about his teams' free agents...