Player News - Giants

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Shane Vereen agreed to reduce his base salary from $3.15 million to $2.15 million.

The details of the agreement are not available, but Vereen will likely be able to earn some of that money back via incentives. The Giants made it clear Vereen would return when they paid his $500,000 roster bonus earlier this month, but this move gives them some financial relief in the event he is not able to come back from tearing his triceps twice last season.
Mar 23 - 9:22 AM

Updating an earlier item, Giants WR/KR Dwayne Harris has agreed to a pay cut.

ESPN New York initially termed Harris' adjustment a "restructure." Harris' base salary was reduced from $2.475 million to $500,000, though in all he will make $1.1 million guaranteed. He can earn another $600,000 in incentives. That suggests his roster spot is safe despite a 2016 that saw him demoted on kick returns.
Mar 21 - 5:21 PM

Giants WR/KR Dwayne Harris has agreed to a restructured contract.

Harris agreed to slash his base salary from $2.475 million to $500,000, presumably converting the rest to a pro-rated bonus. Foolishly given a five-year, $17.5 million contract in 2015, Harris struggled as a return man last season, which is where he's supposed to derive most of his value.
Mar 21 - 4:50 PM

Giants signed RB Shaun Draughn, formerly of the 49ers.

It is a bit of an odd signing. Draughn has done his best work as a receiver throughout his career, and the Giants would seem to be set in that department with Shane Vereen returning. Draughn is quality depth, however, and his signing will not stop the Giants from addressing the position in the draft.
Mar 21 - 11:23 AM

Giants re-signed LB Keenan Robinson.

Robinson visited both the Bills and Bengals, but he will be back to compete for a starting role in New York. While he is an above-average athlete for the position, Robinson has been a below-average linebacker throughout his career. The Giants still have work to do.
Mar 20 - 10:37 PM

The Bills hosted free agent LB Keenan Robinson for a visit.

With thumpers Reggie Ragland and Preston Brown currently headlining their linebacker corps, the Bills are looking for speed for an outside spot. Robinson is an above-average athlete. He can play any of the three linebacker positions.
Mar 20 - 5:46 PM

Giants re-signed LB Mark Herzlich.

Herzlich primarily plays special teams for the G-Men.
Mar 20 - 5:16 PM

Giants signed CB Antwon "Valentino" Blake, formerly of the Titans.

Perennially one of the NFL's most-burnt corners, Blake keeps getting chances for reasons unbeknownst. Ideally for the G-Men, he won't make the final 53.
Mar 20 - 4:01 PM

Giants agreed to terms with QB Geno Smith, formerly of the Jets.

Smith may have had a chance to start in Cleveland but ultimately decided to stay in East Rutherford, where he'll serve as the backup to Eli Manning. The 26-year-old is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in Week 7 of last season.
Mar 17 - 11:47 AM

Giants signed DE Jason Pierre-Paul to a four-year, $62 million contract with $40 million guaranteed.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the deal includes a $20 million signing bonus and carries a max value of $66 million. The Giants placed the franchise tag on JPP last month to give them more time to hammer out a long-term deal and now the sides are putting pen to paper. Pierre-Paul was having a resurgent 2016 campaign before a hernia injury cut his season short. It feels like JPP has been around forever but he's still just 28. Inking Pierre-Paul long-term will reduce his cap hit, which could enable the Giants to bring back DT Johnathan Hankins.
Mar 17 - 11:34 AM

Giants re-signed QB Josh Johnson to a two-year contract.

Johnson served as the Giants' third-string QB last year behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib, who is now a free agent. The former fifth-round pick hasn't taken an NFL snap since 2013. This may take the Giants out of the running for Geno Smith, who visited last week.
Mar 17 - 10:46 AM

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer does not get "the vibe" the Browns are interested in Geno Smith.

This disputes a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, who linked Smith with the Browns and Chargers. Geno's only concrete link has been with the Giants, who he visited over the weekend. Still recovering from ACL surgery, Smith will likely have to wait a while to find a new home.
Mar 14 - 11:51 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers and Browns "have interest" in free agent Geno Smith.

RapSheet added Smith's visit with the Giants over the weekend "went extremely well." Of the three links, the Browns are the only team where Smith would have the opportunity to compete for a starting job. With Geno recovering from an October ACL tear, teams will likely want to see how his rehab is progressing before really kicking the tires.
Mar 13 - 8:46 PM

Giants re-signed RG John Jerry to a three-year, $10 million contract.

The deal includes $4.25 million guaranteed. The money doesn't quite lock Jerry back into his starting job, but does for all intents and purposes. Jerry's return renders D.J. Fluker a depth signing.
Mar 13 - 3:39 PM

Free agent LB Keenan Robinson will visit the Bengals.

Robinson and the Giants reportedly had mutual interest in a new deal, but there hasn't been a peep since the start of free agency. Cincinnati is his first outside visit. Robinson had a mediocre 2016 as the G-Men's nickel 'backer.
Mar 13 - 1:37 PM

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