The Giants are no longer basket-shopping deals, according to Joe Schoen
The New York Giants are ready to spend some money off-season. General Manager Joe Schoen he told the media that the Giants “don’t shop for minimum players anymore” just days after starting free agency. After extending Daniel Jones’ contract to a team-friendly contract, Schoen is ready to cement the roster around the starting quarterback and build a playoff football team.
Giants ‘don’t shop around for minimal players anymore’
The Giants currently have about $18.9 million in cap space after extending Daniel Jones and placing the franchise tag on Saquon Barkley. However, there is scope for this number to increase significantly.
Joe Schoen was held back last season as the Giants entered 2022 on the salary cap. After some roster cuts, the team managed to come off the negatives but had to sacrifice some key players like James Bradbury along the way.
It’s not official, Shuen has a different mindset. Rather than being held back by the salary cap, the Giants have a chance to spend some money this year and acquire some of the best talent on the open market.
Big Blue has some big needs on its list. The Giants will be looking to upgrade primarily at wide receiver, linebacker, and cornerback. Adding talent in these positions will be much easier this season as the Giants now have “the flexibility to be creative,” described Joe Schoen.
“So, just having the flexibility now to be creative, go get players of maybe a little bit higher value, but also the ability to sign, whether that’s a third level player, two players, one, but you do that. We can define that, and there are players we can Buy them now we probably didn’t in the past.”
Joe Schoen on the Giants’ ability to sign top talent in free agency this offseason
Despite having a surplus in salary cap space in the off-season, Joe Schoen’s main job is still building through the draft. “I still believe in building through draft,” said Schoen. “And we can sign the guys up for free agency to help the crew.
I still think with Daniel and Dexter and some of the other guys out, I still need to build through the draft because I think there are going to be some guys who are going to make good money on our roster. So, it still matters.”
There is a great opportunity ahead for the New York Giants who have salary cap space to sign the top players in the market and additional draft picks to build their roster. New York currently has nine draft picks in the 2023 NFL Draft, but they could end up with two more via compensatory picks before April.