As NFL teams seek to trim their training camp rosters from 80 men to 53, New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen and the personnel department are keeping tabs on the waiver wire. looking for new faces who can potentially help strengthen areas where the team has been weakened due to injury or talent.
“I think we’re open to improving our team in any way we can,” head coach Brian Daboll said when asked if trades could be in the immediate future for the Giants.
“We’re looking to improve as much as we can. I think Joe and his team have been meeting all morning on different things. They’ve done a good job communicating, talking to coaches and watching different players to assess. I think Joe is open for business.
That’s no surprise, as the cap-strapped Giants, who have just under $5 million in salary cap space according to the NFLPA’s public cap report, have an abundance of talent in certain positions where they may be able to get something back without having to go through the waiver process.
Scroll to continue
There has already been a report that the Giants have received trade offers for receiver Darius Slayton, who is not in the team’s plans to move forward. Skipping Slayton, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, will save the team $2.5 million in cap space, which could potentially be used to add two minimum wage benefit contracts. .
“I think where we are, we’re trying to find the best football players that we can keep on our roster,” Daboll said of the challenges in building the roster.
“Could we be heavy in one place and light in another? less to a post, I think it’s okay. Are there ideal numbers? I’m not sure there are exact numbers but I would say the best thing we can do is try to get as many good football players with the qualities we are looking for in terms of intelligence, reliability and robustness.
Daboll said kicker Graham Gano (concussion) is trending to the right, hence the decision to release Ryan Santoso, who kicked for the team in the preseason finale against the Jets. … Replacement quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who excited the preseason finale with a back injury, woke up “badly,” according to Daboll. Still, the coach didn’t seem concerned about Taylor’s availability for the Week 1 opener in two weeks.