The Giants invested a lot to get back to the playoffs as soon as possible
Despite the fact that the New York Giants have their naysayers when it comes to the moves that they’ve made in free agency, they got some pretty high grades for bringing in guys like Kenny Golladay and Adoree Jackson.
Alex Kay of Bleacher Report gave the Giants an A- grade. Here’s what he wrote:
The G-Men scored the best wideout in Kenny Golladay, who agreed to a big four-year, $72 million deal despite his market materializing slowly. With most of Golladay’s contemporaries coming to terms before him, the former Detroit Lion took his time and came away with the biggest payday of anyone at the position and one of the biggest overall. If he can stay healthy after an injury-plagued 2020, Golladay projects to be a major weapon for a franchise that sorely needed to bolster its receiving corps.
Big Blue didn’t stop there, snagging a marquee cornerback in Adoree’ Jackson after the 2017 first-rounder was released by the Tennessee Titans. Those two flashy signings were rounded out by a handful of value deals for players such as Ifeadi Odenigbo, John Ross and Kyle Rudolph, who should play significant roles on relatively cheap contracts.
With New York also hanging on to elite pass-rusher Leonard Williams, it appears ready to return to the postseason and should be fun to watch.
The Giants now have the talent to get back to the playoffs. They will just need to put everything together during the season and hopefully stay healthy.
Pro Football Focus doesn’t hand out letter grades, so they gave the Giants an “above average” grade. With that being said, I would imagine that equates to a around a B grade if they did use letters given that a C is considered average.
The Giants had two clear objectives coming into this offseason: retain DI Leonard Williams and add a true ‘X’ wide receiver on the outside for QB Daniel Jones. Neither deal was cheap — far from it — but they managed to get both done, nonetheless.
After a slow start to free agency at wide receiver that saw some players settle for one-year fliers (Will Fuller to the Dolphins for $10 million, JuJu Smith-Schuster back to Pittsburgh for $8 million), Golladay was still able to command a monster four-year, $72 million contract with $40 million in total guarantees. Even at that price tag, Golladay is a huge addition to a wide receiver room that doesn’t have much size to speak of, having posted the highest grade on contested catches since 2019 (95.4). Jones had the highest rate of accurate throws among starting quarterbacks on passes 20-plus yards downfield in 2020 at 51.3%. This combination is just what the doctor ordered in New York.
The Giants did pay a lot for both Golladay and Jackson, but in order to turn things around quickly they had to make these moves.
Patrik Walker of CBS Sports was generous like Alex Kay of B/R and handed the Giants an A grade.
Dave Gettleman and Co. aren’t kidding around in 2021.
They’ve been the biggest spenders in the division in free agency, and while time will reveal if that translates to wins during the regular season, you’d be remiss to give them anything but high marks for what they’ve accomplished ahead of the calendar flipping to April. CBS Sports broke the news on March 17 that the Giants were trying hard to close in on wideout Kenny Golladay and, following an extended visit, they were successful in inking him to a massive four-year deal. Before the champagne was Swiffered off of the floor, they had already also reeled in former first-round pick Adoree Jackson, who’ll join James Bradberry in the defensive backfield while a now-extended Leonard Williams pushes the defensive front — having finally landed his multiyear deal after initially being tagged a second time. Had there been no issue found in the medical evaluation of Kyle Rudolph, the grade would max out, but that stands as the only red mark on an otherwise impressive free agency push by Big Blue.
Of course Gettleman isn’t playing around, his job is on the line. He had to make some major moves in hopes of the Giants making the playoffs in 2021 and keeping his job.
The Washington Post handed the Giants a B+. They believe they overpaid for Jackson.
The Giants did well in getting the best available wide receiver in Golladay, who got $18 million per year. But their most questionable signing was cornerback Adoree Jackson on a three-year, $39 million contract, which might have been an overpay.
I think it’s safe to say that the Giants are one of the teams in the NFL that have “won the offseason.” The problem is that we’ve seen in the past that this doesn’t mean anything. They will need to put everything together on the field.
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