Who Needs Viagra When the Giants Make Moves in Free Agency?

The dominos haven fallen.

It started yesterday when the Giants brought back JPP on a one-year, $8.5M deal that could be worth up to $10M with incentives.  JPP played well down the stretch, and I’m glad the Giants didn’t cave into giving him a long-term (and totally unwarranted) deal.  One year for player and team to get a better feel for what the former can be like moving forward, when he is healthy.

Nyquil Severe rocked me to sleep last night, so I awoke in a fog this morning.  My morning routine of social media checking was still initiated, albeit later and at a slower pace than usual.  That all changed when I went to Twitter and saw the Giants copped themselves CB Janoris Jenkins.

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FIVE YEARS and SIXTY-TWO MILLION DOLLARS. 

Carolina.  A room with the blinds down lays still without noise.  A candle light oftly illuminates the room.  An Odell Beckham poster hangs in the corner, with multiple darts stuck into it.  Josh Norman refreshes his phone’s twitter feed and sees the Janoris Jenkins deal. 

“Leverage,” he whispers, before blowing out the candle.    

The Giants did something similar a few seasons ago when they signed DRC to a big deal despite him being more along the lines of a tier 1.5 corner.  So this move didn’t necessarily shock me, but the numbers are quite high.  Your boy is about to be the second highest paid corner in football.

This basically means that Prince Amukamara is gone, which I’m indifferent about.  Thanks for being just one of the 53 guys on the 2011 Super Bowl team, and reminding me of Chris Partlow and the vacant’s every time you had your helmet off*.

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(I was going to tell you who is Prince, but I pasted the pictures, kept writing and forgot who was who)

Jenkins can be considered an upgrade over Prince Amukamara for the sheer fact that he has missed only four games during his career.  Prince missed five games this season alone.  Talent wise, Jenkins is probably a cut above Prince, at a price a few million higher than what I think Prince would have commanded.  Corner was a position that needed to be addressed, so the Giants needed to overpay for the best guy available.  Do I love it? Not quite–if you have asked me at seasons end to name the ten best cornerbacks in football, I most certainly do not think to name him.  Google, Twitter and ProFootballFocus suggest that Jenkins is a talented but error-prone ball hawk.  He can take the ball away and score touchdowns, but gambling corner backs sometimes miss big.  Also, ballhawks usually do not flourish when your defensive line is the 2nd worst in football at getting to the quarterback and as of yesterday, Jason Pierre-Paul Markus Kuhn, Jay Bromley and Jonathan Hankins was a group to write home about.

 

I may have set the record for “Most Times a Browser With Twitter Open Was Refreshed in 24 Hours.”  I kept thinking that next tweet would be the one that informed me the Giants got their guy.  That’s pretty natural for me, considering my propensity for irrational connections and expectations.  I laid out my list of wants for the Giants in free agency the other day, and hadn’t been right thus far.  Marvin Jones went with the Lions and Rodney McLeod went with he dumpster fire team of birds down the I-95.**

Just as my anxiety and frustration began to physically manifest themselves in the form of pacing, this happened:Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 6.24.05 PM.png

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BIG fan of this deal.  Put this bulky bastard right next to another great DT in Jonathan Hankins and just completely clog up the middle of the field.  This team needed defensive linemen, but it also needed someone with a great nickname.  Damon “Snacks” Harrison to the rescue.  Over the past few seasons, Snacks has been consistently rated as one of the premiere run stoppers in football.  The price tag may be relatively high, but for the love of god just remember

A.  They have an absurd amount of money available to spend

B.  They have an even more absurd amount of needs

The combination of these facts usually mean a few guys get slightly to significantly overpaid.  Jenkins is the latter, Snacks is the former.  I love the Snacks signing.  Jerry Reese over here telling me he still wants a job in 2017.

We move to the start of the league new year. 4 o’clock PM eastern standard time, when teams could officially talk to players, unlike the past two days of legal tampering when they could only talk to their representatives. Maybe a little foolish of me to believe that the clock would strike four and the Giants would be presented the Lombardi Trophy already, but I’ve been known to have lofty expectations.  Either way, by 4:01 PM EST I was a little nervous that the Giants lost out on the Olivier Vernon sweepstakes since Twitter didn’t blow up, but I had to exhibit patience.  We move to 4:57 PM, the moment I knew the Giants were going to win the Super Bowl.

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LOOK AT YOU JERRY!

Unreal.  We went from having human farts on the defensive line to having two beefy and talented interior tackles, the league leader in quarterback hits and JPP.  Talk about a freaking overhaul.

The Vernon signing is MASSIVE.  Detractors would say that he flourished the past three seasons due in large to the presence of Cameron Wake and Suh.  But his best season came in 2015, when he lead the league in QB hits, while Cameron Wake missed a majority of the season and Suh toiled in mediocre.  Also, the guy is only 25 years old.  The meatiest part of his career is yet to come.

You have to remember too, the first guy signed usually sets the market.  Malik Jackson’s deal was going to be what Olivier Vernon (who I will get to shortly) used to gauge the market and command a price.  That is how these things work.  The only downside is in this market, you’re paying A money for B players.  Players like Reggie White and Ndamokung Suh become available once every ten years.

Either way, I’m satisfied with the deals because they had to be done.  The Giants are a regal franchise that have not made the playoffs in four seasons.  Three straight losing seasons have seen the offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator and head coach all depart.  The last man standing is the one who cuts the checks.  If 2016 sees another disaster of a season, Jerry is going to be the one to go.  At least he plans on going down swinging.

 

 

*I freaking love using The Wire memes and GIFs.  The Wee-Bey one is so versatile– astonishment, disbelief, horror, shock–all the emotions I experience on a regular basis.

**What in the name of sweet baby Jesus is going on in Philly?  They did a complete garage sale of Chip’s old toys, and now decide to spend that reclaimed money on…Chase Daniel? Millions in guaranteed money to a career back-up?  Okay…well, at least you landed Daniel to compliment Sam Bradfo-Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 6.55.44 PM.png

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