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Default Early 2015 Offseason preview

I have started looking at draft prospects for 2015 so I can keep an eye on potential prospects for NYG.

The reality is that the entire offseason is inter-related and you can't consider either free agency or the draft in isolation.

With that in mind, I have done some research into how the Giants shape up for the 2015 offseason (using numbers from overthecap.com and spotrac.com)

the Giants currently have $122,939,128 committed against the 2015 salary cap with 51 players under contract.

Offensive Spend: 20 Players $61,956,193
Defensive Spend: 28 Players $52,231,935
Specials Spend: 3 Players $5,525,000

The salary cap is not yet known for 2015, the 2014 salary cap is $133 million and it is reasonable to assume that it will be in the ballpark of $140 million.

This means the Giants would have currently around $17 million in cap space for 2015.

Interestingly we will have some answers to the biggest questions going into this season.

We will know how high priced contracts like Eli, Kiwanuka and Beatty perform (they are three of the top four contracts in 2015).

We will know whether Eli is the answer, if he is we can sign him to an extension, lowering his $19.75 million cap number. We will have plenty of options, cutting or trading Eli frees up 17.5 million in cap room.

We will know if Kiwanuka is the answer, if he isn't cutting him frees up $4.825 million in cap room.

We will know about William Beatty as well. If he isn't the answer, he could be cut outright (costing around $100k in cap room) or designate Beatty as a post June cut (like we did with Baas) which would free up $4.9 million in cap room.

We will know whether JPP can rebound as expected.

So we are in pretty good shape cap wise and have some options with our bigger contracts based on how things go this year.

Of the 90 players currently under contract, only 20 are not contracted through 2015.

Here are the Free Agents (and the annual per year of their previous contracts)

Unrestricted Free Agents

QB Curtis Painter ($795,000)
WR Mario Manningham ($795,000)
WR Trindon Holliday ($700,000)
WR Jerrel Jernigan ($672,563)
FB Henry Hynoski ($1,000,000)
TE Daniel Fells ($730,000)
T Charles Brown ($795,000)
G Chris Snee ($2,550,000)
G John Jerry ($795,000)
T James Brewer ($619,273)
DT Mike Patterson ($795,000)
LB Jacquian Williams ($529,670)
LB Mark Herzlich ($1,000,000)
CB Walter Thurmond ($3,000,000)
CB Zack Bowman ($795,000)
S Antrel Rolle ($7,420,000)
S Stevie Brown ($2,750,000)
S Quintin Demps ($1,000,000)


Restricted Free Agents

WR Kris Adams ($525,000)
C Dallas Reynolds ($570,000)
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