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New York Giants’ Marvin Austin Says He was Paid $2,000 by Agent Terry Watson at UNC

March 15th, 2013 at 10:45 AM
By Paul Tierney

After becoming a second-round draft selection in 2011, New York Giants defensive tackle Marvin Austin has done little to justify the investment general manager Jerry Reese made in him. After missing all of 2011 with a torn pectoral muscle, Austin played in just eight games this past season and found himself buried on the depth chart. The team's 2012 seventh-round draft selection, Markus Kuhn (when healthy) saw significantly more playing time than Austin.

Although Austin was a highly touted prospect coming out of UNC, the predominant issue with his selection was that he sat out his final season due to NCAA sanctions. The sanctions that forced Austin to miss all of the 2010 season appeared to be the conclusion of an lengthy investigation that raised serious questions regarding the involvement of agents in college sports. However, Austin is still dealing with the repercussions of the NCAA's inquiry into the UNC football program, as the North Carolina Secretary of State is conducting their own investigation into the scandal. Through that investigation, Austin has revealed that he received $2,000 from agent Terry Watson during his time at UNC.

"Terry Watson was a guy who gave me money," Austin told state investigators in reference to Terry Shawn Watson, of the Watson Sports Agency registered in Marietta, Georgia.

Austin was the very first player to be ostracized for taking impermissible benefits from outside sources at UNC. However, he certainly was not the last. Since that time, several other players have been indicated in the scandal, including current Giants wideout Hakeem Nicks, who will have all his receiving records at UNC marked with as asterisk

Ultimately, Austin needs to stop talking about the events that tarnished his college career and focus on what it takes to become a successful professional football player. He has only seen limited action in eight football games over the last three seasons, which has stunted his development more than many expected. However, it's hard to deny the raw talent and athleticism he still possess. If he can put those abilities on display in training camp this summer, we may see him on the roster in 2013. If not, it may be time to write him off as one of the few draft picks Reese has missed on.


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22 Responses to “New York Giants’ Marvin Austin Says He was Paid $2,000 by Agent Terry Watson at UNC”

  1.  BigBlueGiant says:

    We can’t afford to sign Phillips or have Cruz agree on terms to a contract yet, but we’re looking into Dustin Keller? Dude left Miami without contract.

    Keller’s a good ball player. But he kinda shows up when he wants too. He’s what we wanted Travis Beckum to be kind of like.

    •  turkish says:

      It sounds like they will not pay big $$$ for a FA TE.

    •  fanfor55years says:

      What? We’re not “looking into Dustin keller” at anything more than veteran minimum. That’s just his agent SAYING they’ll talk to the Giants.

      Here’s the call:

      Agent: Hi Jerry. Dustin is really interested in helping you with your tight end needs.

      Reese: We’re pretty happy with Robinson, Pascoe and Donnell for now.

      Agent: Wouldn’t you love to add some competition?

      Reese: Sure. What numbers are we talking about?

      Agent: We’d like $6-7MM per year with $15MM guaranteed.

      Reese: (Being exceedingly polite) Well, we haven’t got that kind of money, so we wish you good luck. Hope you land a spot for him.

      Agent: Well, what would you pay?

      Reese: All we have left is veteran minimum deals. If Dustin wanted to play for that we’d be happy to talk.

      Agent: You know that won’t happen, but thanks for taking the time. Good luck to you too.

      Reese: (After hanging up the phone) Are you kidding me? Some of these agents must think I’m an idiot.

      There is NO interest from the Giants. Not sure why you even mentioned it.

  2.  Krow says:

    UNC was probably paid tens of millions … and the coach got 7 figures … but this kid was suspended and made to look like a criminal over $2,000. That’s the NCAA for ya.

    •  BillyS says:

      Even though I don’t agree with players getting money — since a good amount of them get scholarships…it is funny how much they go after the players, but the schools themselves rarely ever face much discipline. $2k is practically nothing and I’m willing to bet that the schools, coaches, etc. know that these things are going on, but turn a blind eye to it.

  3.  GOAT56 says:

    I will be leave we are interested in Keller only when he signs.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    Dirt – the point about KP not being national news means little in my view. I really don’t change any of these free agents alone has changed any balance of power. I don’t think Bmore will be as hurt as many thing. Really they return a better player than any of the free agents they lost in Webb. Suggs wasn’t himself but if he returns to his 2011 version those two alone almost balance out anything they lost. Plus there’s the draft and like us, that’s when they clean up.

    My point is that all these signings are over hyped. The teams that will see a positive impact is from multiple players not one signal signing.

  5.  fanfor55years says:

    My last comment about Kenny Phillips is this. Our defense last season was pretty awful, but was premised on four things that are the core of the defensive approach:

    1) Rush the quarterback;

    2) Don’t give up big plays;

    3) Get turnovers; and

    4) Bend but don’t break, by playing solid defense behind your 30 yard line and forcing FGs or turnovers as the field shrinks.

    Now, we didn’t execute very well on most of those principles at times, and that failure cost us the playoffs. But make no mistake, Kenny Phillips WAS the defense against item #2 above. The entire “Don’t give up big plays” was premised upon his ability as the deep center-fielder, and he played that role superbly when he was healthy. When he was out we were burned deep way too frequently. The Giants gave up more big plays last season than I can ever remember, and a good part of that was because we didn’t have a healthy KP roaming the field. So, yes, he WILL be missed; and yes, he has to be replaced or Fewell’s entire scheme falls apart.

    I think Phillips was determined to leave. I think Reese and Mara knew that. I think they knew they’d have to pay him a lot to induce him to stay, and none of us can possibly believe that would have been an intelligent gamble based upon his knees. I’m not questioning their decision-making, or his. But I know we will miss this guy if he can get healthy, and replacing him will not be nearly as easy as many of you suppose.

    I believe, and said when we signed him, that Will Hill will be a star in this league. As for Stevie Brown, he was wildly inconsistent, but two things were true: the ball had a way of finding him; and he had a way of knowing what to do with it when it did. Perhaps it was a fluke, but through my years of playing and watching football I’ve learned that some players seem to find the ball while most don’t. It’s almost a mysterious connection. I don’t know if Brown has that, but one season suggests he might. (As an aside, Tyler Sash was “that guy” in the Big Ten). So we may have three excellent safeties and be able to sustain the loss of Kenny Phillips. But make no mistake, one of those three will have to prove VERY good as the deep safety to get even close to what Phillips gave us for some years.

    I will now move on, but I just couldn’t do so while reading so many really ignorant comments about a guy who has been a tremendous player for the Giants. The fact that people will probably whine more about Kevin Boothe leaving (if he does) than Phillips, is absolutely crazy. The same folks who go nuts over the possible loss of Cruz (who was no more, and probably less, crucial to the offense than Phillips was to the defense) think it’s fine and dandy that this guy whom “we didn’t need anyway” departed for a division rival. We just lost one of the pillars of our defensive scheme folks. Like I said, I don’t disagree with anyone’s decision. We couldn’t pay him enough to induce him to forget about his resentment or give up his shot at a “big” contract, because we cannot count on his health. But he most certainly IS a loss. A big one. Someone needs to step up big. My money’s on Hill, but we’ll see.

    •  kujo says:

      Can’t wait for Boothe to leave. Seriously.

    •  kujo says:

      Agree 1000% with this post, btw. Except for the Cruz thing, we’ve been simpatico all offseason. Must be doing something right!

      •  fanfor55years says:

        Hmmm, better find something to fight about or the site may implode.

        How about this?: I wouldn’t mind signing Murphy. I have a feeling he can be coached up and as an athlete he’s a terrific talent. He was dynamite at Florida while playing against plenty of now-NFL defenders from the SEC. At a low number on the contract I’d like to get him even if he isn’t any good on special teams.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          Murphy is the type of player you take a flyer on. Athletically, he reminds me a lot of Devin Thomas so I think he could even help on special teams. We need a more physical WR to help on special teams. Jernigan, Hixon and Barden don’t provide the presence we has with Thomas, Hagan and even Tryee.

  6.  kujo says:

    Dear Marvin Austin,

    Shut up and earn those couple of million dollars your current team has given you in the last 2 worthless, productionless years of your career.


    Giants Fans

    •  F0XLIN says:

      And stop talking about looking beyond football and producing music, when he has yet to play any meaning football… not a good sign

      •  wlubake says:

        Producing music. That’s a one way ticket to being on the follow up to the 30 for 30 documentary “Broke”.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    Austin may be the biggest enigma of the Reese Era. They drafted him high, they spoke glowingly about him and they gave him some snaps. Yet, he has produced absolutely nothing.

    He sits there as possibly the biggest bust of the Giants’ drafts since Reese took over the draft room. But he also still dangles the talent that makes everyone hope he can finally put it together. Is there anyone here who even has a clue what he’ll provide in 2013? I sure don’t. I’m not sure the coaches know. Like I said, total enigma.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I he’s a player that is unfair to judge in 2 years. He was thought to be rusty heading into his rookie year so not much was expected. Then he gets injured and misses his rookie year. His second year he has some bumps and bruises but is actually able to practice an play in real football games for the first time in 2 years. Now he should have rust knocked off with another offseason and he can figure out the details. This year should show what he’s got. I can’t say that he won’t prove to be a bust but so far isn’t the best judge.

    •  kujo says:

      As it currently stands, it’ll be a tie between Sintim, Austin, Jernigan, Barden and Jones for “biggest draft bust” of Reese’s tenure. I know the inclusion of Jones will draw ire from some, but the fact is that he was a 3rd round pick who, because of an absolute tragedy, has not given us anything. That’s not Reese’s fault, but it’s still a high pick that didnt work out. The rest of these guys were 2nd and 3rd round picks, top 100 selections that should have been significant building blocks on our team. Yet, despite the lauds and laurels that were thrown their way on draft day, they’ve come up short, in varying degrees and for various reasons. Great GMs don’t have that many wifs in the first 3 rounds, no matter how genius the a great many of rest of their picks have turned out. The fact that there exists serious poverty at quality depth at linebacker, defense tackle, offensive guard and defensive end is due, in large part, to these failed draft picks, and others in the 4th rounds.

      It’s been said before, but Reese needs to knock this draft out of the park. We need 2-3 starters this year, and at least 2 other guys who are no more than a year or so away from starting. Is it an unfairly tall order to ask for? Perhaps. But the rebuild-on-the-fly situation we currently find ourselves was built by several of these failures.

    •  Joseph Bulger says:

      Totally agree. He has been over hyped, so I keep waiting for him to do something worthy of his draft status… never does. It’s as if he’s some secret weapon Nunn is keeping under wraps in the stadium basement… beast in a cage, fed live animals… until just the right game to turn him lose and take over the game. Maybe he’ll exert himself when they finally do replace Strahan’s leadership… this year maybe?… with someone who’ll get in his face… enough’s enough.

  8.  GOAT56 says:

    Dolphins add Dustin Keller

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