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Chris Canty Signs with Ravens, Dave Tollefson Released by Raiders: Wednesday News & Notes

March 13th, 2013 at 8:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Free agency is off to a wild start and things are happening at a feverish pace. The New York Giants have been right in the thick of things, signing Cullen Jenkins and Aaron Ross, while also re-signing Ryan Torain. Meanwhile, several of their former players have found new homes and, in some cases, are back on the free agent market.

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Chris Canty Signs with Baltimore Ravens

After a rough start to the league year, the Ravens are on the board in free agency, bringing in former Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty.

Canty has already signed his contract and posted a picture of it on Instagram. Although Canty didn’t post the financials, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Canty gets $8 million over three years, with $2.8 million guaranteed.

Oakland Raiders Release Dave Tollefson

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, coming off a 4-12 season in his first year, apparently wants to see if he can build a team from scratch.

Oakland cut receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and safety Michael Huff, both former first-round picks, as well as defensive end Dave Tollefson, on Tuesday afternoon.

Domenik Hixon Receives, and Turns Down, Offer from Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions want New York Giants receiver Domenik Hixon.

It does not appear the feeling is mutual.

Sports Illustrated Ranks Giants Front Office 3rd in NFL

New York has proven it can find players in any round of the draft, or after it, and not just near the top, where most of the best players can be located. Ahmad Bradshaw was a seventh-rounder in 2007, and Victor Cruz wasn't even selected in 2010. And as they have shown on numerous occasions, they won't stretch to keep a veteran if they think they have a youthful upgrade ready to take over (Bradshaw out, David Wilson in). The old-school Giants take the long-term view better than most front offices, and with three playoffs trips and a pair of Super Bowl rings in the Reese era, they get their fair share of short-term results as well.

Adrian Tracy, Jim Cordle Not Yet Signed

Although tendered, Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFA) Adrian Tracy and Jim Cordle have not yet re-signed with the Giants. Although an inevitability, only Justin Trattou, another ERFA, has officially signed his tender. He signed a one-year, $480,000 deal.

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7 Responses to “Chris Canty Signs with Ravens, Dave Tollefson Released by Raiders: Wednesday News & Notes”

  1.  Dirt says:

    The team must have really soured on Canty. He signed for little – you’d think a comparable deal would have brought him back to his hometown.

    •  The Original G Man says:

      Not much different from what Cullen Jenkins signed for.

    •  kinsho says:

      If the rumors are to be believed, Green Bay refused to extend him an offer because he actually failed their physical. So it’s possible Canty’s knee issues will hold him back for the rest of his career.

      If there’s any merit to that rumor, then there should be no doubt we did better in signing Cullin instead. I wish the best for Canty. Dude is an upstanding guy.

  2.  The Original G Man says:

    @adbrandt
    Am told $30M guarantee to Mike Wallace is $27M “full” and $3M injury, almost twice full guarantee to Harvin. Striking deal.

    •  kinsho says:

      Horrible deal. Jeff Ireland is just bowing to the fans that demand that he dole out money like no tomorrow.

      I know the Dolphins picked up a couple of good linebackers and secured possibly the hottest WR in free agency, but these teams that go nuts during FA rarely have a great season afterwards. I don’t expect much from the Dolphins, especially with Tannehill under center.

  3.  rlhjr says:

    Just because Ross and Jenkins have been signed the need to draft a CB and DT have not been eliminated. The players signed in both cases are to insure against having to play very young players over an entire season AKA depth.

    No matter who else is signed, the need of OL/DT and CB has not been mitigated

    The departure of Bennett does create (depending on how the coaches feel about the players other than Robinson and Pascoe) a need to look for a TE in the draft. And we are talking round four or five for a TE.

    I don’t see the Giants having more than one more moderate FA left to sign. And I think they are waiting to see how talks with Boothe work out. I think that will determine if they go after an OL or a TE as the last free agent signing.
    I really hope the front office is committed to utilizing their young players.
    They may as well be this year. I’ve got a feeling the youngsters will be the only options left standing after free agent period is over.

  4.  kinsho says:

    Our front-office is definitely one of the best in the league today. Frankly, I love the way we handle free agency in that we try not to be flashy or impulsive. If anything, we go for the bargains on players with upside potential (like Bennett)

    With that said, we definitely need a tight end. I hear some commentators mention that there’s some nasty tight-end from Notre Dame that we might be willing to draft in the first-round. Not sure if we should blow a first-round pick on a tight-end, though….can’t we find another one in FA somewhere? I thought we had our eye on Anthony Fasano, but he’s already been signed.

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