CB Corey Webster agreed to a pay cut yesterday, vastly helping the Giants free up some cap space and taking the first step in redeeming himself after a dismal 2012 campaign.
From Matthew Cohen SNYGiants contributor:
Well the Giants found their number 2 cornerback.
I’m frankly stunned.
According to Pro Football Focus, Corey was the 12th worst corner in their sample, allowing first downs or touchdowns on 7.49% of snaps. The disappointing Prince Amukamara was 4th best in the NFL with 4.15% as a contrast.
Now there is some evidence that Webster was hurt last year and some talk that he didn’t give it 100% but $4 million for 31 year old corner who frankly stunk last year is a lot of scratch.
I’m surprised that the Giants didn’t at least have some conversations with free agent corners to see if this money could have been better deployed.
I hope Reese and Co know what they’re doing.
John Fennelly, Executive Editor
Yes, Webster was horrible last year, and cutting him outright would have shocked no one. But the Giants are not into selling low. Releasing Webster would have gone against everything they stand for.
For those who weren’t paying attention to the details last year, Webster was dealing with nagging injuries (just like Justin Tuck) and the Giants still believe he’s got some good football ahead of him. So do I – hey, he couldn’t possibly play any worse.
Hamstrings are vital to cornerbacks (duh). When a corner is dealing with a hammy, he is vulnerable. And you know veteran QBs are adept at smelling the blood in the water. They see that injury report and aim their guns at the weak link. That’s what happened to Webster in 2012. He was picked on early and often and was unable to defend himself. You would have thought the Giants would have yanked him or held him back rather than have him get embarrassed.
Whether he’s worth what they’ve agreed to pay him this season, is debatable. The team will be bringing in some competition this summer to challenge him, so he’ll be playing with a chip on his shoulder. The Giants love those reclamation projects….