Giants have tough decisions to make in the near future
With the New York Giants signing safety Logan Ryan to a three-year contract extension that runs until 2023, this now leaves the future of other players in doubt.
For one, the Giants now have three starting safeties on their roster with Ryan, Jabrill Peppers and rookie Xavier McKinney. Now of course McKinney isn’t ready to take over as a full-time starter after missing most of the season due to a foot injury. But it wont make sense for them to pay all three in the near future.
Now we don’t have the specifics on Ryan’s contract yet, but Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network says his contract is front-loaded so he will get most of his money upfront. This leads me to believe that if the Giants were to release Ryan after next season or even after the 2022 season it wouldn’t hurt them that much when it comes to dead money against the salary cap. Once again I don’t have the specifics, but this is what I’m assuming.
Peppers’ contract is up after next season and McKinney is under contract through 2023, like Ryan. Looking ahead it wouldn’t make sense for New York to also give Peppers a long-term contract because I don’t see why they would keep all three players unless for some odd reason they decide to release Ryan after next season.
Then you have the Giants’ defensive line situation where both Dalvin Tomlinson and Leonard Williams are set to become free agents this coming offseason. With Ryan getting a new deal I don’t see how the Giants will be able to re-sign both guys. General manager Dave Gettleman needs to balance out their cap situation so they don’t have too much money on the defensive side of the ball because then their offense will likely suffer on the field.