Jun 7, 2011
Plaxico Burress is officially out of prison and the courtship can begin once the NFL and NFLPA get themselves out of chains, but another Giant has been in the news a little bit recently.
Giants expected to bring back Jacobs… This isn’t much of a surprise, considering the Giants figured out an ideal way to balance their backfield last season, but the club is expected to pay RB Brandon Jacobs his big bonus and bring him back into the fold in 2011. GM Jerry Reese told ESPN Radio in New York that he expects the team to pay the $4.65 million to keep him in town, although he said this while admonishing Jacobs for his comments on Burress, more specifically about how Jacobs believes Burress could in fact be back in a Giants uniform in 2011. “[Jacobs is] just talking,” Reese said. “Brandon likes to talk, sometimes he talks just to talk. Us here, in the Giants, in our building, we let some of that talk go off our back like a duck and we don’t worry about it too much.” Were Jacobs to come back, the Giants would almost certainly make it a priority to re-sign Ahmad Bradshaw as well, considering how well the backfield situation worked out last year. Bradshaw is the better and more complete player, but Jacobs rebounded from two disappointing seasons to really grab hold of his role in 2010. The Giants obviously view those contributions as valuable enough to warrant the big salary he’s due.
Rex Grossman wants to stay in DC… It’s been a boring couple months in the NFL news cycle, and wouldn’t it just fit the bill that some of the most interesting occurrences recently have been Redskin QB radio interviews? We were taken by the John Beck media storm just a short while ago, and now Rex Grossman has gone on the assault on Sirius XM Radio, talking about himself, Beck, and his future with the Redskin organization. Although the coaching staff has talked up Beck and Grossman understands why beck is promoting himself on the radio, Grossman believes he has a shot to secure the starting QB job if he stays in Washington. “When there’s competition at a position, it’s usually pretty obvious at the end [who will be the guy],” Grossman said. “So I’m not worried about people being given the job, unless you’re the number 1 pick in the draft and things like that.” Remember, Grossman was actually a useful fantasy player down the stretch last year, and he credits offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for putting him in a position to succeed with a “fast-break” offense. Grossman believes he distanced himself from Donovan McNabb late in the 2010 season by understanding exactly how Shanahan wants his offense run, and Shanahan has developed a perfectionist reputation recently.
Texans want to part with Slaton… No surprise here. Slaton was a great fantasy back in 2008 as a rookie, and was an early fantasy pick in 2009 because of it. But since, he’s been hurt and sick with some fumblitis, and he was a complete nonfactor in 2011. So, assuming there’s preseason football, the Texans might well give Slaton a ton of reps behind Arian Foster to attempt to entice other clubs to trade for him. A team like the Rams would be a good fit if Slaton is actually capable of performing anywhere close to his rookie season, but we won’t hold our breaths. We imagine this “showcase” to be similar to those on the Price is Right, when you desperately hope your opponent wants to take a trip to Fargo, ND and doesn’t pass it on to you to bid.
- Fullback Le’Ron McClain is not expected back in Baltimore.
- Joe Dolan