The New York Giants certainly made noise this offseason, you can’t argue that. However, that’s not to say that everyone is a fan of how Dave Gettleman and company opted to disperse their money. The team took major financial swings on the likes of wideout Kenny Golladay and Adoree Jackson in free agency — both of whom are coming off injury-ridden seasons.
When it comes to Golladay, while some question the price tag attached to his name, there’s mostly a resounding understanding as to why the team made the decision they did.
“What they paid was ridiculous to me, but who they got wasn’t a problem,” an exec said, via The Athletic. “They had trouble getting receivers to go there, so the Golladay deal is kind of what happens.”
However, as for the Jackson signing, folks around the league have been far less receptive.
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Adoree Jackson Move Continues to Receive Backlash
“The Adoree Jackson deal was inexcusable,” one exec told Mike Sando. “And then they went and jeopardized their future cap by converting guys to get all these deals done. The potential for disaster is high.” Another exec noted that “I don’t know how they got Adoree Jackson to $13 million. Adoree is talented but has been hurt a lot.”
This isn’t the first time the Jackson signing has been met with scathing reviews. Michael Lombardi, a former long-time NFL executive with three Super Bowl victories to his name was left puzzled by New York’s decision to throw $26.5 million guaranteed the corner’s direction. In fact, he was so against the move, he ranked the Giants’ signing of Jackson as his No. 1 most hated move over the first wave of free agency.
“The Giants paid him as if he were a big-time starter, with guaranteed money for doing very little over the last two seasons,” The Athletic insider wrote. “Who were the teams that the Giants were competing against for acquiring Jackson? The Titans know Jackson well, they desperately need coverage corners, and they walked away from the contract. What does that say?”
Defending the Jackson Signing
Did the Giants overpay for Jackson? The answer to that question certainly teeters on yes. His average yearly …read more