Giants Still Chasing Edwards?

Caught this over at BBI.

The following was provided to me by a legitimate source (not one of the previous Edwards asshats on this site):

“The talks are still on. The Browns are being cheap right now and have no interest in re-signing Edwards to a big deal. They are willing to take low compensation. They are asking for a conditional next year (high as a 3) and Danny Ware and Mario Manningham (who Mangini wanted badly for the Jets). They were asking for these same two players before the draft, but the feeling is they can get NY to bite now that they got Nicks and Brown in the draft.”

“(I do not) know the status of the Giants response to this offer.”

I do find it amusing that at least one of the site admins over there refers to his readers as “asshats”, but beyond that — if his source is real, this sort of sucks.

I think, in the aftermath of the draft, we had all breathed a sigh of relief that the Giants hadn’t pulled off a deal for one of the big time receivers rumored to be available.  Hakeem Nicks isn’t scaring the NFC East yet.  And Eli Manning playing his first full year without Plaxico Burress is a happy thought for Birds fans.

NFC East News: Giants Upgrade at Linebacker

I’ve been talking for a few weeks about the major problems the Giants have at the linebacker positions, and according to this rumor they’ve started addressing them already.

Michael Boley is a former standout for the Falcons who has been slowed the last two years by injuries and a changing scheme that the Falcons coaching staff didn’t consider him suited for.  He’s still young and has the physical tools to be an asset to any defense.  This signing is a big deal for the Giants.

NFC East: Housh Coming to the division?

But not as all those eagles rumors sites have claimed he is.  At least, according to the Sporting News, which says Houshmandzadeh is the #1 free agency target of the Giants.

OK, so that article is nothing more than speculation.   Illogical speculation, actually — the Eagles “top targets” apparently are Tra Thomas followed by Albert Haynesworth (!!!).  Right.

NFC East: Quick Hitters

Both of Giants’ starting defensive tackles had knee surgery over the weekend.  In both cases it was exploratory and the Giants are unsure of what their prognosis is now.

It looks like Justin Tuck will not need knee surgery.

Still no moves from the Cowboys, who stand to lose both inside linebackers (Thomas, Burnett) and a defensive end (Chris Canty).

NFC East: Giants Front Office Making Moves

Derrick WardAnother day without anything particular of note happening in Birdsland, so let’s make sure we keep up with or northern rivals.  Jerry Reese’ off-season plans are beginning to play out.  Mike Garafalo is reporting that the Giants have informed another young starting safety that he should test the free agent market.  Last year it was Gibril Wilson (who signed that ridiculous contract with the Raiders), this year it is James Butler.  With Butler almost certainly gone, the Giants look to be starting Kenny Phillips and Michael Johnson at the safety spots next year.

It looks like the Giants will also be losing Derrick Ward.  Ward rushed for over 5 yards a carry last year and 1000 yards total, but the Giants have not contacted him at all about an offer to stay with the team.  He will test free agency, where he may get a starting job somewhere else.  Whether it makes sense to keep Ward, with Jacobs and Bradshaw now under contract, is an open question.  Methinks that as long as the offensive line stays healthy (2 years straight without an injury) that team will run the ball successfully with any competent running back.

Finally, the Giants placed a 2nd round tender on RFA cornerback Kevin Dockery.  They will pay Dockery only 1.45 million this year, unless another team makes him a larger offer the Giants do not match.  If the Giants’ choose not to match it, they will be owed a 2nd round pick from Dockery’s new team (not happening).  Dockery played nickel corner for the Giants last season.