Just two years ago, Snacks Harrison was the Jets’ best defensive player and Brandon Marshall was their best offensive player.
Now they’re Giants. It only seems as if the Jets have become Big Blue’s farm team.
When Marshall gets into his first game in the fall, he will be the 56th player to suit up for the Jets and Giants. The pipeline started when Don Maynard was discarded by the Giants, picked up by the Jets when they were the Titans in 1960 and went on to have a Hall of Fame career.
Harrison was the foundation the Giants needed in the middle of their defense. Marshall gives Eli Manning a big 6-4 target after he was throwing to Odell Beckman, Sterling Shepard and Victor Cruz last season. None of them are 6-foot tall.
Harrison and Marshall to the Giants breaks the pattern of big-name Giants going to the Jets. The list of Giants with Super Bowl rings won when they played for Big Blue and then switched to green is impressive: Pepper Johnson, Leonard Marshall, Jumbo Elliott, Erik Howard, Raul Allegre, William Roberts, Dave Meggett, Steve DeOssie and Plaxico Burress. All but Elliott were at the tail end of their careers by the time they played for the Jets.
Kareem McKenzie left the Jets and won a Super Bowl with the Giants. So did Chris Godfrey.
There’s been an astounding number of kickers/punters who have played for both: Curley Johnson, Allegre, Jay Feely, Dave Jennings, Steve Weatherford, Cary Blanchard, Randy Bullock and Brett Conway.
The Jets also hired the Giants coaching staff that won two Super Bowls when Bill Parcells arrived in 1997 with Bill Belichick and the crew. The addition of some of the former Giants could only get the Jets as far as the 1998 AFC Championship Game. The Giants are counting on Harrison and Marshall to get them to the another Super Bowl.
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– It’s hard to blame Jerry Jones for holding onto Tony Romo for awhile to see if he can squeeze a draft choice out of the Texans or Broncos before releasing him. It’s a bit presumptuous of the Texans to think Jones would just hand over Romo to potentially fix 17 seasons of quarterback problems. Romo already said his goodbyes to Cowboys fans on Instagram. What Jones is doing is different than the Colts cutting Peyton Manning in 2012, which allowed the Broncos to sign him without any compensation to Indy. Manning had a $28 million option bonus coming due that the Colts would have been forced to pay if they kept him.
Houston might be a more desirable place for Romo and his family because it is 250 miles from Dallas, but I would rather count on John Elway assembling a team around Romo to make a Super Bowl run than Houston GM Rick Smith and coach Bill O’Brien.
— Kirk Cousins could not convince Dan Snyder to trade him, so he signed his $23.9 million franchise tag last week. Washington’s two-year payout after franchising Cousins last year is about $44 million, which is insane. If they franchise him again next year, he will be paid $34 million. It’s just poor judgment by Snyder not to have signed Cousins to a five-year contract last year with $50 million guaranteed. Now he will lose him for nothing next year if they don’t come up with a long-term agreement. Now that he is under contract, Washington can trade Cousins but the 49ers signing Brian Hoyer could prevent a reunion with former Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan until next year.
— Despite Jimmy Garoppolo’s apparently hacked Instagram account which bid farewell to Patriots Nation, there is still a chance Bill Belichick will trade him, especially after trading his first-round pick to the Saints for WR Brandin Cooks and second-round pick to the Panthers for DE Kony Ealy. Right now Belichick is out of the draft until the third round. Cleveland is still the most likely trade partner for Garoppolo. In the next two drafts, the Browns have three first-round picks (including the overall Nos. 1 and 12 picks next month) and five second-round picks. It was logical to assume when Belichick drafted Jimmy G in the second round in 2014, that by 2017, or 2018 at the latest, he would take over for Tom Brady if he was good enough. Garoppolo is ready to play and he’s going to be very good and the Pats have three years invested in him. Belichick has a big decision to make: Take a bunch of the Browns picks if offered or keep Garoppolo as insurance for 2017, even if he leaves as a free agent next year.
Belichick is loading up for a Super Bowl repeat. He made a surprising big money move signing Bills CB Stephon Gilmore to a five-year $65 contract including $31 million fully guaranteed and traded for Colts TE Dwayne Allen and Ealy. Cooks adds explosive speed to the offense. Brady is going to have fun throwing to him. Belichick got a good look at Cooks when the Patriots practiced against the Saints in training camp the last two summers. Cooks was not happy with his role in the Saints offense and Sean Payton wanted a first-round pick to improve his defense… Super Bowl hero and two-time champion Malcolm Butler was given the first-round tender of $3.9 million. His name came up in Cooks trade rumors and if he’s not eventually traded, it’s going to be hard for Belichick to justify paying Gilmore so much more than Butler… The cold war between the Colts and Patriots ended when Indy GM Ryan Grigson was fired. He’s the one who made the initial complaint about deflated footballs in the 2014 AFC title game, won by the Patriots, 45-14. We know what happened after that. Now that Grigson is gone and replaced by Chris Ballard, formerly of the Bears and Chiefs, they made a trade last week when New England acquired Allen to replace Martellus Bennett opposite Gronk. A couple of days after the Deflategate game, Allen tweeted, “not a story. They could have played with soap for balls and beat us. Simply the better team. We have to continue to build!” That should lead to him being immediately embraced by Patriots Nation… Bennett goes from Brady to Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay is his fifth team. The Giants are Marshall’s fifth team.
THE MARSHALL BARGAIN
Marshall’s contract with the Giants is a two-year $11 million deal. Between a $2 million signing bonus and $3 million base salary he has $5 million guaranteed this year. He can also make up to $500,000 in roster bonuses this season on a pro-rated per-game basis. He will make $5.5 million in 2018, none of it guaranteed. He was due to make $7.5 million with the Jets. It’s a bargain for the Giants considering the 49ers are paying Pierre Garcon $16 million in the first year of his contract. Marshall is a better player than Garcon… The Eagles’ offseason mission is to give Carson Wentz some firepower. They upgraded by signing receivers Alshon Jeffery from the Bears and Torrey Smith from the 49ers but the offense still isn’t scaring anybody… No team is more dysfunctional than Washington. They just fired GM Scot McCloughan, reportedly because of drinking problems that reports say also cost him jobs in San Francisco. At the opening of free agency, Washington lost its pair of 1,000-yard receivers with Garcon signing with the 49ers and DeSean Jackson signing with the Bucs to team with Mike Evans in what should be a dynamic passing game with Jameis Winston. The Jackson signing was good news for the Giants. He is finally out of the NFC East… Terrelle Pryor, the former QB who had a breakout season with the Browns as a wide receiver with 77 catches for 1,004 yards, is the new No. 1 wideout for Cousins… Washington is considering hiring Mike Mayock as its GM. He’s the draft expert for the NFL Network and former safety for the Giants in 1982-83. Well, he sure does know a lot about personnel. If John Lynch can get the 49ers GM job, then Mayock is certainly qualified… How do the Browns ever nickel and dime any player in contract negotiations when they took on Brock Osweiler’s $16 million guaranteed contract from Houston just to add another second-round pick? They are trying to trade Osweiler before cutting him. Is this the NBA?
T.O. HEART ROMO
Nice tweet from Terrell Owens about Romo: “That’s my Quarterback! 1st, I wish him health and 2nd I wish him the best place for his success as he closes out his career.”… Alabama coach Nick Saban probably would feel differently if his daughter worked in a hospital, but here’s what he had to say about LB Reuben Foster getting booted out of the combine after he got into an argument with a hospital worker because it was taking too long for him to get examined: “If you’re looking for a good teammate to be on your team, Reuben’s going to be very very good. If you’re looking for somebody to be a candy striper and be nice to everybody at the hospital, maybe not.”
Published at Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:14:02 +0000