The New York Giants have a little time to evaluate in the coming weeks, but it really can’t extend much beyond that. In March, 26 players will become free agents and bonuses will be on tap for several more.
Accordingly, the Giants will need to make a handful of decisions over the next two months, not just limited to which free agents to bring back, but which players on the current 90-man roster to send packing.
With roughly $33 million in salary cap space, general manager Dave Gettleman & Co. will need more if they wish to fill all of the team’s necessary holes, so here a look at five players who could become causalities of that need.
Barwin signed a two-year deal with New York last offseason after turning down several other teams. His belief was that the Giants were close and he wanted to chase a championship.
That may still be true, but in the team’s search for cap space, Barwin may be one of the odd men out in 2019.
Barwin is currently on the books for just $1.225 million and a cap hit of $1.875 million, but if the Giants were willing to eat a dead cap number of $365,000, they would save $1.5 million by releasing the veteran.