The New York Giants have a defined philosophy that has brought the franchise two Super Bowl championships since 2007. Spend money on a quarterback, pass rushers and build through the draft while staying out of bidding wars on the free-agent market. It's a philosophy that other teams around the league are attempting to emulate and instill, but also a system of roster building that has proven effective over the last several years.
After reading Pro Football Focus' evaluation of the Giants' most undervalued and overvalued players, it becomes apparent as to why the Giants build their roster they way they do.
The most overvalued Giants in order were: Corey Webster, Antrel Rolle, Chris Canty, Michael Boley, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, Mathias Kiwanuka, David Diehl, David Baas, Chris Snee. The most undervalued Giants in order were: Will Beatty, Jason Pierre-Paul, Linval Joseph, Martellus Bennett, Victor Cruz, Ahmad Bradshaw, Eli Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Stevie Brown and Domenik Hixon.
Each of the overvalued players are all veterans that are either free-agent acquisitions, or players on their second contract. The undervalued players, for the most part, were still on their rookie contracts or are playing at a Pro Bowl level. The anomaly in this theory is Ahmad Bradshaw, who was recently cut by the Giants due to his salary cap hit for next season.
However, the trend is undeniable. The more players a team can acquire to outproduce their rookie contracts, the more salary cap flexibility the front office has to work with to extend key contributors or scour the free-agent market for value. The Giants have players like this on the roster right now in Pierre-Paul, Nicks, Joseph and Brown that are contributing beyond their pay grade and enabling the team to focus allot their money to other needs on the roster.
However, as with most teams, there are undoubtedly veterans on the roster reaping the benefits of contracts that were signed back when they were producing at a respectable level. David Diehl is a veteran minimum player in overall value, but will have a salary cap hit of over $7 million in 2013. Chris Snee is on the downside of his career and will have a salary cap hit of $8.8 million this year. That's over $15 million tied up in players that are question marks heading into 2013. Perhaps that's an issue that general manager Jerry Reese will learn from in the future, or maybe it's just the price of keeping homegrown talent.
Regardless, the Giants have drafted well enough over the years to stay off the free-agent market and utilize their salary cap to keep their own players in New York. Through that strategy, the team builds chemistry, a deep working knowledge of the schemes and a consistent ability to put a competitive team on the field.
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