New York Football Impacts Since the Lockout Ended

Could the Giants and Plax reunite this year?

After the lockout finally ended this week, the impacts of the offseason were felt very quickly. With a very short time to sort through free agency, the NFL will basically perform this whole process this week instead of over a long period of time. Teams are reporting to camp and the preseason games start in two weeks.

For the Giants, they started their transactions by cutting a couple of their long time offensive lineman – Rich Seubert and Shaun O’Hara. With injuries and age a concern for both, the Giants are looking to get younger on the line. Quickly, they have landed former 49ers Center David Baas. He has been a solid starter the past two seasons and should help the GMen immediately. Additionally, the Giants have 4th rounder James Brewser from Indiana coming in. It’s likely the Giants will continue to look for more help along the line and sign on the cheap.

The Giants have a series of free agents this off-season who they are looking to re-sign. The Giants have offered Ahmad Bradshaw a deal, but it looks like he wants a bit more money to get it done. Steve Smith wants to return as well, but will look for a one year deal so he can test free agency next year after hopefully an injury-free season. The Giants have lost DT Barry Cofield to division rival Washington, and appear that they will not be able to come to terms with LT Shaun Andrews. It appears Mathias Kiwanuka will return as he and the Giants have reached a two year deal.

The Jets are interested in Nnamdi Asomugha, but can they land the coveted free agent?

The draft class this past season could provide the Giants with help, as it appears to be a class with much potential contributors at CB, DT, S, and LB. Perhaps the worst pick was Jernigan from Troy, a WR who is very short. He could help in the kick return game, but it is unlikely he will contribute at WR as the Giants are stacked with plenty of depth there.

Plaxico Burress might be the most compelling storyline now, as it appears the Giants might actually bring him back. If they can do this, along with Steve Smith, the Giants receiving core will have the potential to be one of, if not the best in the league. Of course, it’s hard to know how good Burress can be now at 34, as well as the repercussions and distractions of signing him. In the end, if Coughlin is on board, then I imagine we shouldn’t have too much to worry about.

For the other team in New York, the Jets have re-signed Santanio Holmes, but it appears they might not retain Braylon Edwards. Some rumors have started that they might be interested in Randy Moss, but no deal is imminent.

The Jets also appear interested in CB Nmamdi Asomugha but have lots of competition for his services. The latest is that the Texans are the favorites to land him, but the Jets certainly are still in the race. Additionally the Jets have re-signed kicker Nick Folk, and also named third year QB Mark Sanchez the team captain.

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