Currently the Giants project to have around $61M in cap space next year which is nice for sure. Not sure how much the cap limit will increase next year but they are in good shape. What stands out to me is the Giants can free up another $32M by releasing just 5 players and only take on $9.9M in dead money (Lauletta included $468,952).
These are the 5 players with savings and dead money.
Jenkins $11,250,000 savings $3,500,000 hit
Ogletree $8,250,000 savings $3,500,000 hit
Ellison $5,000,000 savings $1,250,000 hit
Martin $4,800,000 savings $1,166,000 hit
Bethea $2,750,000 savings $125,000 hit
I think it is very possible that most of them could be released if need be. The bad thing is the free agent class next year is not fantastic but you never know who could be released. I do not think they would go on a major spending spree anyway. I think the goal is to be in a much more manageable cap situation from year to year and be able to retain their own.
The Giants really need to have their recent draft picks develop into solid players. This is how the Cowboys have come to the situation they are in now. They then went out and added a player or two as needed but are retaining their core players.
I think the key to the success of this franchise is how well their draft picks turn out.
This season will be about the growth and promise of recent picks and showing that the franchise is moving in the right direction. I would expect that they will have decent draft position next year again and use that to continue to build the roster. The amount of money they have to spend will help fill in just a few blanks.
Of course you canít cut players like Jenkins, Ogletree and others if the young talent doesnít step up. Letís hope to see improvement from the young talent as the season moves on to allow the Giants to manage next offseason with some clarity. The development is the key to this. The Giants must show that they are capable of developing these players moving forward. There are definitely teams that are better at this than others in the NFL.