Found February 28, 2013 on XLJournal:
The New York Giants have been somewhat of an enigma over the last 5 or 6 seasons. During that span the G-Men have won 2 Super Bowls while also failing to make the playoffs during the 09 and 10 seasons. One of the best indicators of this inconsistency has to be the offensive line, which was never a primary focus of the team over that period. The Giants seemed to be able to get by with make shift combinations along the line, partly due to quarterback Eli Manning’s quick release and ability to read opposing defenses. However the G-Men seem to be shifting their priorities a bit, signing their 27 year old left tackle Will Beatty yesterday to a 5 year $38.75 million extension. This is a good start for the Giants, but they have to continue to find younger options all along the offensive line. Aside from Beatty, the Giants’ O-line includes 33 year old right tackle David Diehl–who could be another salary cap casualty before the offseason is through–31 year old right guard Chris Snee, 31 year old center David Baas, and the soon to be 30 year old left guard Kevin Boothe. Boothe is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent, and if they decide to cut Diehl the G-Men could be looking at some serious holes to fill up front. The Giants are not exactly in the best position in terms of salary cap space when you factor in their important in-house free agents they have to bring back, including star wide out Victor Cruz (who is a restricted free agent).This places a higher importance to bring back a guy like Kevin Boothe, who will not likely cost the Giants too much. Otherwise, the G-men must look to the draft if they are going to get younger and healthier along the line. With the 19th pick in this year’s draft an offensive tackle like Lane Johnson from Oklahoma or DJ Fluker from Alabama are real possibilities, although Fluker is the more realistic of the two. Going offensive line in the 1st round is never a sexy pick, but if the Giants are serious about getting back into the playoffs they need to be smart about giving Eli Manning some real protection. Otherwise, it may be another disappointing season for the New York Football Giants. Follow me on Twitter: @BrigantiJoeXLJ
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