Or perhaps it’s not as lucky as we can think as today is another Sunday without football on telly to keep us sane and with all hair on our heads. We still have 26 Sundays to endure before there will be some touchdown calls, penalties handed out, flag challenges thrown and of course the inevitable replay showing us how unnecessarily complicated the game of football had become.
We also had a frantic start to the Free Agency and as always some teams stayed put, some decided to go all out in a hope of bringing that game changer into their trenches.
And after few days of manic spending it appears that the winners to our weekly series are the New York Giants, which three top FA might get out of their freshly signed contracts up to $193.75M of American dollars. Crazy as hell.
So, without further ado, let’s look at some of them in our weekly series of ‘Did you know that?’
- Olivier Vernon will be 26 years old in October. The defensive end just inked himself a contract worth up to $85M with $52.5M guaranteed. Which possibly will be the second highest contract handed out this year to a free agent. He spent his all professional career playing for Miami Dolphins who selected him in 3rd round 72nd overall. Since then he appeared in all possible 64 games and started 46 of these.
During that time he recorded 3 forced fumbles, 29 sacks, 137 tackles with 51 assist. His career highs in sacks is 3, in tackles is 8. Hopefully both the player and the team will enjoy a fruitful relationship that is expected to last 5 years.
Victor Cruz had 26 receiving yards in a game against the Bengals which the Giants lost. The game was played on November 11th, 2011 which made Cruz to be exactly 26years old that very day.
It’s all old news from Cruz’s land as he just took a pay cut to remain with the Giants, after missing season and a half due to injuries.
The last time we saw Cruz playing was October the 12th 2014, when the Eagles shut out the Giants 0-27. Cruz had 2 catches on 3 targets for 16 yards. It is going to be interesting to see if he manages to get back to the high level of playing his fans had gotten used to that earned him this huge contract in first place. Anyway the cut sees his money to go from $7.9M to $3M with a chance of earning $2.5M back through play on the field, for reaching the incentives numbers.
Odell Beckham contributed in return game for the Giants in 2015; he had returned 2 punts for 26 yards in total. He also had one kick off return attempt but that resulted in no yards gain or lost. We all know that Beckham’s strength lies somewhere else than in return duties and the young gun had himself a steady and slightly improved season 2015, comparing to his rookie season.
Firstly, he played in more games (12 in 2014, 15 in 2015), had higher yards average per reception (14.3 in ’14 15.1 in ’15) and he recorded one more touchdown but he averaged over 12 yards a game less than in his rookie season.
One might wonder, if Beckham keeps the level of production as it is (and sorts his mental issues out), what kind of money he’ll be asking for once his time comes?
Rashad Jennings contributed 26 points to the total of 422 that the Giants scored? Jennings’s points came from 3 rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown and… a safety when he blocked a punt, that resulted in ball bouncing back through end zone, in a game against the Redskins. Jennings started off the Giants 2-0 before the offence even took the field in a first victory of 2015 season, where NY beat Washington 32-21 and Jennings ended up with 11 carries for 32 yards and three catches for 25 yards, totaling 57 for a day.
And perhaps we should finish this Sunday off, knowing that the next time one of you reads ‘did you know that?’ here it is going to be only 25 Sundays away and perhaps quite more contracts signed, restricted etc closer to the kick off of the 2016 season. Until then, try to stay safe and sane!