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New York Giants Free Agent Profile: OT William Beatty, Will He Stay or Will He Go?

January 21st, 2013 at 2:00 PM
By Simon Garron-Caine

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.


Tags: Ahmad Bradshaw, David Diehl, Football, James Brewer, Jerry Reese, New York, New York Giants, NFL, Will Beatty

10 Responses to “New York Giants Free Agent Profile: OT William Beatty, Will He Stay or Will He Go?”

  1.  Krow says:

    Reese will make him a fair offer like all our other free agents. If he … and his agent … want to go chasing after an Al Davis type deal then it’s goodbye. He can join the ranks of so many other players who left successful situations to chase a quick dollar … and failed.

    We always over-rate our own guys. Beatty is not a top tier LOT. He has potential, but he’s not there yet … and there’s no guarantee he’ll ever be more than a solid professional at his position.

    If we have to shell out Ryan Clady or Jake Long money to keep him then I want Ryan Clady or Jake Long instead.

    •  fanfor55years says:


      I was writing as you were posting. This guy isn’t “elite” but he is very serviceable. That’s probably the basis upon which he will be made an offer.

      I would not at all mind a tackle picked with the #1 pick. That or a cornerback. defensive tackle, which I consider a critical need, can be found later or via free agency. Linebacker’s a problem, but the other two (offensive tackle and corner) have to be priorities.

      •  sonnymooks says:

        He’s gone.

        If he comes back, I’ll be surprised, it would mean a bout of common sense has broken out among the owners of the league.

        Beatty is good, not great, he is not top tier, this is not Larry Allen here.

        But some owner is going to to drastically overpay him with an obscene contract and regret it. He won’t be amont the leagues best left tackles next year, but he will be paid like them….stupid as it sounds. A 27 year old starting left tackle with a superbowl ring, “in his prime”, is going to get a contract that will be well above his worth.

  2.  fanfor55years says:

    If we want an “elite” left tackle Beatty is not that. If we want someone who can hold the position down for years and be more-than-adequate he’s probably the guy.

    There are a number of college tackles who should prove better than Beatty given some time. Will the Giants want to leapfrog Beatty’s quality if he gets expensive? Only Mara, Reese, Ross, Coughlin and a few others know that. I guess we’ll soon find out. If Eli were three years younger my guess would be that they will try to draft the LT of the future and would hold firm with Beatty. That may be what they do anyway, but it’s a risky move.

  3.  Krow says:

    I’m wondering if they’re contemplating moving Beatty to ROT … and drafting a LOT ?

    •  fanfor55years says:

      Possibility, but usually right tackles are solid run-blockers and he isn’t there yet. But you absolutely need at least three top tackles. Beatty is good. Brewer is a mystery. A draftee taken early would presumably be thought real competition for both of the former for a starting spot. They could also sign a veteran (a la Locklear, or Locklear himself) to compete. McCants has to still be at least a year away from competing for a spot. Mosley was set back by his injury (and is probably a guard anyway).

  4.  shmitty013 says:

    Repost since it’s pertinent to this article:

    shmitty013 says:
    January 21, 2013 at 1:43 PM
    Matt Miller ?@nfldraftscout
    From a physical standpoint, loved how Lane Johnson looked. Had one NY Giants scout tell me, “that’s my left tackle.”

    - That might tell us something about what they’re going to do with Beatty, although I hope not.

    fanfor55years says:
    January 21, 2013 at 2:11 PM
    Maybe, but it may also be a comment on Johnson. Since I see a number of Kansas State games (my wife is from Manhattan, Kansas, went to KSU for zero cost, and still occasionally is interested in how they’re doing) and Big 12 contests I have followed Johnson and he has the potential to be a ridiculously good NFL player.

    The guy has, I believe, been a quarterback, a running back, a tight end, and a left tackle. He is actually pretty quick for a guy with his size (I think he’s over 300 pounds but has ZERO gut and looks like an athlete). He hits people like a ton of bricks and is already a far better run-blocker than Beatty. He has to mature but I would LOVE if the Giants got him because I think he could play his rookie season, at the very least at right tackle.

    shmitty013 says:
    January 21, 2013 at 2:22 PM
    Johnson weighed in at 302, standing 6’6.

    Here’s a complete list of measurements from the Senior Bowl:

  5.  shmitty013 says:

    DJ Fluker is HUGE.

    Daniel Jeremiah ?@MoveTheSticks
    DJ Fluker was the most impressive prospect at SR Bowl weigh-ins. 6047 (6’4 7/8) 355 with 36 3/8 inch arms. Not sloppy, just massive!

    •  Begiant says:

      I would like Fluker if he dropped to our spot in the second round. However I think a CB, DT or LB needs to be our first round choice. (barring some unexpected circumstance)

  6.  GmenMania says:


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