Although the signing of William Beatty to a 5-year deal yesterday did much to cement one position along the offensive line, there are many questions right now about where the rest of the line stands right now in February 2013.
Beatty’s contract, by the way, is reportedly very cap-friendy for the 2013 season. The New York Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano reports that his 2013 cap hit is a mere $3.5 million, which is less than half of the year-to-year average of the $38.5 million deal.
Elsewhere on the line, however, there are many questions of health, as well as free agents, and players who may be cut. What are the Giants’ options at each position? Check out the list to find out.
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William Beatty just signed a lucrative new contract after having a career year in 2012. he is expected to lock down the key left tackle position and protect Eli Manning’s blind side for years to come.
Kevin Boothe filled the left guard spot in 2012, and he did a good job of it as well. However, he is a free agent, as Beatty was. The team would like to re-sign him, but it is not known if they will get a deal done. Selvish Capers is currently the only other guard on the roster that could take his place.
David Baas, when healthy, has done a commendable job since the Giants brought him in to replace Shaun O’Hara a couple years ago. The health, however, has been an issue, and it is reported that he has had an undisclosed surgery this offseason.
Chris Snee is as veteran as they come on this offensive line, but in a cash-strapped year, his high salary and health could become a burden. Snee also underwent offseason surgery. He is the coach’s son in law, and did make the Pro Bowl once again last season, however, so he is likely staying put.
Right tackle is perhaps the most mercurial position along the offensive line. David Diehl is a respected veteran on the team, but injuries, a decline in play, and a large contract make him a very serious candidate for termination. The line played its best with Sean Locklear at right tackle, but he is a free agent, and recovering from a torn ACL.