Sterling Shepard’s time in New York could be over soon?
With New York Giants’ first round pick, wide receiver Kadarius Toney taking 78 percent of his snaps at the University of Florida from the slot, it makes me wonder how that will affect Sterling Shepard.
With how talented Shepard is and the fact that he’s a proven NFL receiver, I don’t think Toney’s arrival will affect him. Unless Shepard can’t stay healthy because we know that’s a concern due to the fact that he hasn’t played a full 16 game season since 2018.
If Shepard gets injured for a third straight season and Toney plays great while filling in for him, I could see him losing his starting job to the rookie.
If Toney takes Shepard’s job and the veteran isn’t able to play a full season, I could see the Giants releasing or trading him in 2022. It would make sense financially because right now if they dumped him it would create for $10 million in dead money. If they wait until 2022, it goes down to $4 million.
The final year of Shepard’s contract is in 2023 and I could also see the Giants releasing him after the 2022 season because the dead cap hit would only be $2 million at that point.
While Shepard isn’t going anywhere right now, I think Toney could end up developing into his replacement.
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