It is growing more and more unlikely the New York Giants will be able to retain offensive lineman David Diehl and cornerback Corey Webster, according to the New York Post.
Because of the Giants’ salary cap situation, the Giants may not be able to afford the players’ salary for the upcoming season.
Webster, 31, is due $7 million in 2013, $9.8 million against the cap, and is entering the final year of his contract. Diehl, 32, is slated to make $4.475 million, a cap hit of about $6.9 million.
Speaking at his book release at Barnes and Noble yesterday, head coach Tom Coughlin said this:
“I think there’s no doubt they can definitely help the team. I do want them back. They can still contribute.”
“First of all I don’t ever want to lose any player, it’s not in my nature, I want ’em all, but as Ahmad [Bradshaw] said, it’s a business. Change is inevitable, so you approach it in such a way and try to be an optimist. Try to think about how we can help our football team through free agency, through the draft to recapture some of what has been lost, in a healthy way.’’
The Post reports “it is highly unlikely” the Giants would ask Webster and/or Diehl to take a pay reduction, and by Tuesday — the first day of free agency — both players could be off the roster.
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