As the New York Giants head towards what looks like a busy offseason, with 19 unrestricted free agents and a handful of high-priced veterans possibly on the re-negotiation or chopping blocks, this our favorite time of the year to play armchair GM.
Giants General Manager Jerry Reese and his staff will have to ponder all of these questions at some point this offseason (and make decisions that actually matter!), but we're off to the races this offseason and in this series we'll be going through each one of the Giants UFA's and ask the Armchair GM what he thinks.
First up, offensive tackle Will Beatty.
A second-round pick whose road to the starting lineup was slow and marred by a few injuries, Beatty had a healthy and productive season in 2012, just in the nick of time. Just in time for free agency, he's proved himself to be a quality NFL starting left tackle.
The Giants don't exactly have talent waiting in the wings in case Beatty departs for greener contracts, with aging and expensive David Diehl and young, untested James Brewer as the next two guys on the roster. Yikes.
And while Beatty may not be a huge name or elite talent, he's still a 27-year old starting NFL left tackle with no major chronic injuries that we know of. Those kind of guys don't hit the open market often and he's going to attract his fair share of attention.
Beatty's surely going to see what the open market has to offer, and it will surely have some decent offers, but the Giants are highly likely to be serious players to retain his services.
Armchair GM says:
Beatty is clearly the biggest priority in free agency this year, and this one probably comes down to whether someone gives him "over-the-moon" money.
If Beatty likes New York and wants to stay in Blue this one could be quick and easy. The Giants generally do a good job of valuing players (see: Ahmad Bradshaw negotiations) and we'd think they'd make Beatty the kind of offer than would only be beat by a blockbuster, Dan Snyder deal.
Of course, it's not out of the question that some GM with money to spend falls in love with Will Beatty, who had a really solid 2012 and is a rare starting free agent left tackle in his prime.
Up next on New York Giants free agent profile:
Wide receiver Domenik Hixon.
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