By Jeff Moeller, The New York Extra/thenyextra.com
FIve years ago in 2016, the Giants spent approximately $200 million on their defense.The following year, they added roughly another $115 million to make a run in Eli Manning’s presumed final years.
At the end of this week, they had a banner opening round in free agency and approximately doled out $200 million in a brilliantly crafted measure. This time, the wealth was spread around.
Based on what he has done with shifting around cap money effectively to provide his once assumed cap dead team, Gettleman is the person who you want to do your taxes or rearrange your finances.
This looks like a Giant player windfall for the 2021 season.
Back in 2016, though, the end result wasn’t a good one.
They had an 11-5 record and a loss in the WildCard round of the playoffs in 2016 under then raved prodigy Ben McAdoo.
A year later, the Giants and McAdoo both fell, ending in a 3-13 record and McAdoo being dismissed in Week 13.
Over the next few years, former GM Jerry Reese’s spending sprees were eventually viewed as a bust.
The Giants didn’t have the foundation they anticipated, and it became a rework for new GM Dave Gettleman.
He drafted wisely, but he had some questionable trades. Dealing Odell Beckham Jr. initially appeared to be a death knell.
Gettleman’s hiring of Joe Judge and his shrewd draft of 2020 secured a new Giants’ foundation that leads us to the 2021 scene.
Can this spending spree have a different outcome?
All signs point that way.
Gettleman’s recent signing of free agent cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, linebacker Ryan Anderson, tight end Kyle Rudolph, and guard Zach Fulton.
Those came with the ink still drying on the contract of free agent wide receiver Kenny Golloday, whose addition loomed as a longshot until Gettleman did some contract restructuring, namely tackle Nate Solder who shockingly came back in the fold.
With Jackson aboard teaming with James Bradeberry, the Giants have two legitimate All-Pro caliber corners and along with safety Jabrill Peppers, they apparently have finally secured their secondary issue that have plagued them the past few seasons.
Fulton could be a starter at left guard, and also can be part of an effective trifecta with Will Hernandez and Shane Lemeiux.
This came after their initial windfall of signing defensive end Leonard Williams to a three-year deal and adding some supplemental players such as wide receiver John Ross, center Jonothan Harrison, quarterback Mike Glennon, running back Devontae Booker, edge rusher Ifeadi Odenigbo, and linebacker Reggie Ragland.
The once Giants depth chart filled with questions marks now looks like one with declarative statements.
Gettleman’s moves have alleviated pressure about the upcoming draft where the Giants can sharply focus on their remaining needs or strengthen a position with the 11th overall pick.
All that’s left is the chemistry issue that can begin to take shape in mid-April with workouts or mini-camp in May.
It will also answer the question if it was another pile of money well spent.