For the better part of the 2011 season and nearly all of the 2012 season, the New York Giants showed a propensity for giving up big plays in the passing game. This, among a slew of other issues, contributed to a maddening inconsistency that led to the teams demise.
A major culprit in giving up so many big plays was veteran cornerback Corey Webster. Webster was victimized on all kinds of forgettable plays throughout the season.
His worst day came at the hands of Torrey Smith, Joe Flacco (who would later school Champ Bailey multiple times as well) and the Baltimore Ravens in week 16. Smith was other worldly, making one-handed catches and abusing Webster with his ability to catch back shoulder throws and track deep passes in the air.
Lump his 2012 season in with a base salary of $7 million in 2013 and one would think they were staring at a prime candidate to be cut. Though $7 million is a very hefty number, Giants fans should re-consider their assertion that he should be off the team in 2013.
General Manager Jerry Reese and the Giants organization will without a doubt ask Webster to re-structure his deal and take a pay-cut. At this point, such a request is warranted. But it's also likely they want to keep him on the team either way.
Webster played through a hamstring injury of unknown severity for the duration of the season and a broken hand since week three. He is a veteran presence in a secondary with a lot of unknowns heading into next season.
Prince Amukamara has yet to prove he can stay healthy for 16 games (despite very solid play when healthy). Jayron Hosley has shown some promise, but the team likely views him purely as a slot corner considering his lack of size. On top of that, he simply did not show enough in 2012 to offer the team the amount of confidence they need to move forward with him as a primary corner. On the back end of the defense, Kenny Phillips was again in and out of the lineup, making communication all the more difficult for an already inexperienced secondary.
There are simply too many unknowns behind Webster both in terms of experience and health to let him walk away in a league that places so much emphasis on the back seven of a defense.
This will likely come down to Webster's willingness to take a pay-cut and I think he will oblige. Teammate Domenik Hixon recently reflected on the fact that “the grass isn’t always greener” when you part ways with the Giants. Corey Webster is a valued presence in the locker room in New York, a place he has spent the entirety of his career. He should know where he is valued most, and not just monetarily speaking.
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