Personnel changes coming for the Giants

Posted Dec. 28, 2012 @ 10:57 a.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Expect the Giants — even if they somehow sneak into the postseason — to shave some salaries and allow some veterans to walk in the offseason. Bank on it: There will be more changes this offseason for Big Blue than there have been perhaps in the past two offseasons combined.

Impending free-agent DE Osi Umenyiora has not hidden the fact that there could be a better opportunity elsewhere — and the Giants are prepared for some parting shots, too. OT David Diehl, having lost his job at one point, is a strong possibility to be playing elsewhere next season.

Others, such as LB Michael Boley, CB Corey Webster and DE Justin Tuck have been mentioned. Boley’s playing time has been reduced. Webster has had a season to forget and might need to do what former Redskins CB Carlos Rogers did two years ago and change scenery (signing with the 49ers) to revive his career. Tuck clearly has not been himself and could move on, although that's far from certain.

If the price tag for free-agent SS Kenny Phillips gets too high, the Giants could allow him to go, too. Interestingly, TE Martellus Bennett, whose contract also is up, hasn’t had his contract negotiated yet to return. That still could happen, but it hasn’t yet and the Giants are notorious for setting a market price and sticking to it. If Bennett’s demands go too high, he could walk and the Giants would be looking at a new starting tight end for the fourth year in a row.