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New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara: “Hopefully” David Diehl Returns in 2013

March 11th, 2013 at 3:17 PM
By Paul Tierney

'David Diehl' photo (c) 2006, Alexa - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ The New York Giants are just a day away from engaging in the free-agent frenzy that will undoubtedly unfold tomorrow afternoon and into the next few weeks. However, as the team prepares to address players that are not currently under contract, there are still players on the roster with untenable contract situations that must be solved before Big Blue can have a grasp on just how much salary cap room they will have to operate with next season. One of those players is David Diehl, who at his current salary, will cost the Giants $7.45 million against the salary cap.

As we've said before at Giants 101, Diehl is a two time All-Pro that has been a major contributor to two Super Bowl championship squads. His play over the last two seasons has been in consistent decline, and there is no reason to think he will get any better next season. However, Diehl is and always will be a prominent member of the Giants organization. Whether he's on the team or not this season, Diehl deserves the unwavering respect of every Giants fan.

On the other hand, the NFL, first and foremost, is a business. Giants owner John Mara knows this as well as anyone, which is why he refrained from giving any definitive indications regarding Diehl's status for 2013. Mara generically stated he is "hopeful" that Diehl is on the roster next season, which should be the viewpoint as every other Giants fan out there as well.

Diehl is not a starting caliber offensive linemen in the NFL anymore. He used to be one of the best out there, but those days are long behind him. Last season, it was clear that Diehl had trouble keeping up with speed rushers for the majority of the season. That said, Diehl still presents value for the Giants that no other player in the NFL can offer.

Diehl can play four positions along the offensive line (all except center). There are very few players in the NFL with the versatility to play four positions at all, let alone with any quantifiable level of effectiveness. Diehl has proven that ability over the years and there is no reason the Giants should not be able to cut his salary in half and keep him as depth.

If Diehl can accept a backup role, and head coach Tom Coughlin can keep him in that role, Diehl is a reliable backup option should the team suffer an injury along the offensive line during the season. As under-whelming as he performed in a starters role in 2012, David Diehl can still help the Giants win football games next season. It will not be in the way he is used to contributing throughout his career, but he still fills a valuable need on the roster. Assuming he takes a pay cut, David Diehl still deserves to wear Blue in 2013.

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32 Responses to “New York Giants Co-Owner John Mara: “Hopefully” David Diehl Returns in 2013”

  1.  GOAT56 says:

    There are no certainities in the NFL. Yes getting a pick for Cruz doesn’t have to turn into anything. But re-signing Cruz to a big contract could lead to him having a Steve Smith type of injury. A first round pick is good compensation, though short term it isn’t better than having Cruz. While a team might be willing to offer a first round pick, I have to think the contract offers he will receive will be influenced. Meaning he will get lower contract offers than if there was no comp. That still might not be something we will match but it’s possible.

  2.  GOAT56 says:

    Mara doesn’t undederstand the fan base with his Diehl comments lol

    •  Levito says:

      If JR & Mara gave a crap what the fans in general thought, Cruz would already have a contract and Diehl would have been cut a long time ago. But then again, if it we’re up to the fans, they would have signed Steve Smith & Kevin Boss 2 years ago, and they would have also ran Eli out of town years ago.

  3.  Chad Eldred says:

    Things are starting to get interesting. Off-season is heating up. I feel confident that whatever happens we are in good position to field a competitive team in in the fall. Should be a fun ride.

    In a little over 24 hours we should be inking a deal with Mike Wallace. Checkmate b!tches.

  4.  The Original G Man says:

    @ProFootballTalk
    Ravens are now trying to TRADE Anquan Boldin, per league source.

  5.  GOAT56 says:

    So now Diehl is back on the spot. After the RFA tenders and signing Jenkins our cap money is close to gone. We need to make some moves with Diehl pretty soon if we are going to be even mid-level active and signing/re-signing a player or two. Now Eli and Rolle may be on the clock. However, Rolle may not be done anymore because if we really do keep KP after tendering Brown then Rolle becomes a possible cap causality next year. So we don’t want cause any additional dead money with Rolle next year if he’s a possible cap casualty. So Diehl and extending Eli and the real ways to safely get cap space for 2013 without hurting us in the near future.

  6.  wlubake says:

    Re: Cruz, interesting article from last year:

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/05/23/shaping-the-slot/

    Highlights the different type of slot receivers: (1) shifty “Welkers”, (2) big intermediate targets, like “Colston”, (3) possession guys, like “Boldin”, and (4) TE’s like “Gronk”.

    Interestingly, they put Cruz in the Colston category, rather than the Welker category because of the type of routes he runs. Mostly intermediate to deep routes. He stretches the defense opening up underneath stuff for the TEs and RBs, rather than being a dump off option.

    It may be that targeting someone to replace Cruz would take us away from Welker and Amendola and shift us toward a bigger-bodied deeper threat.

  7.  The Original G Man says:

    Cards released Beanie Wells.

  8.  kujo says:

    “But re-signing Cruz to a big contract could lead to him having a Steve Smith type of injury.”

    By that logic, we should just release everyone after their rookie contracts expire. Wouldn’t want them to get injured or anything.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      It’s not that different from the logic that we shouldn’t except a first round pick because it could be a bust. BTW our current GM is 100% thus far on his first round picks. My point is there’s risk with keeping Cruz too. He would be signing a big deal with probably 15 plus mil in guaranteed money. Of course the Smith injury is extreme, he just not perform well. The point is there’s a chance the contract or first round pick doesn’t work out.

  9.  kujo says:

    The Vikings get a 1st round pick plus some other stuff for Harvin, a guy with chronic migraines, who can’t hold Cruz’s jock in the slot or on the outside. Very good player, but clearly the inferior to Cruz and about 10-12 other players.

    So, tell me why there are so many people on here thinking that this 1st round RFA tag is going to keep Cruz in New York this year, allowing us to “replace him” in 2014?

  10.  fanfor55years says:

    There are a lot of reasons why Victor Cruz would want to, and should, stay with the Giants. He’s home, he’s incredibly popular in the area, which translates to lots of lifetime dollars, he feels comfortable with Eli and his teammates, and he can make something like 75-80% of what someone else might offer, which after taxes and agent’s fees translates into more like 10% more.

    So I don’t assume that tendering him means negotiations stop. I always assumed they would tag him, and then the serious negotiations would commence. He can always sign before fielding any other offers, but probably will not. He wants to know what would be out there, knowing that the Giants will probably stick to what they offered if he has to come back sheepish because no one wanted to break the bank for him.

    But I really am not losing sleep over this. We’ll be fine with or without him. That first-round pick would, for me, take almost all of the sting out of losing a terrific player. I think, though, if he leaves over a somewhat better contract HE will live to regret it.

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