The New York Giants are not exactly in cap hell, but with many areas of need and several large contracts still on the books, they will still need additional cap space on top of the estimated $3.8 million they already have. And in order to clear some room, the team is "highly likely" to ask both tackle David Diehl and cornerback Corey Webster to take pay cuts prior to the start of free agency on March 12th.
If neither Diehl nor Webster agree to said pay cuts, both could find themselves searching for a new team in 2013 … which is something head coach Tom Coughlin doesn't want to have happen.
“I do [want them back]. I think there’s no doubt they can definitely help the team. I do want them back. They can still contribute,” Coughlin said.
Alas, the NFL is a business and after poor seasons by each, the team cannot afford to pay them their current salaries in lieu of signing other players who can help.
The 31-year-old Webster is scheduled to earn a base salary of $7 million this season, counting for $9.8 million against the cap. Meanwhile, the 32-year-old Diehl, who may still face suspension from the league after pleading guilty to DUI, is scheduled to earn a base salary of $4.475 million, counting for $6.9 million against the cap.
Although the New York Post report suggest the Giants will likely ask these two to take pay cuts, with only six days remaining until the start of the new year, chances are General Manager Jerry Reese & Co. already have.
SNY had previously reported that cutting Diehl would cost the team $3 million (saving them $4.45 million), while cutting Webster would cost them only $875,000 (saving them $9.1 million).
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