I just read an interesting post from the ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano, "The Giants and the art of cutting the cord".
The post covers an article written in the New York Post that analyzes the recent cuts by the New York Giants and puts them in context with previous moves by their GM Jerry Reese. It points out that Reese is pretty shrewd when it comes to cutting veterans before their play starts declining.
"Reese is rarely wrong. As a former scout, his eye for talent isn’t confined to youngsters. Steve Smith and Kevin Boss haven’t done a thing and haven’t stayed healthy. He traded away Jeremy Shockey. He did not re-sign Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward or Amani Toomer. He cut Shaun O’Hara, Rich Seubert and Kareem McKenzie. He didn’t think Antonio Pierce’s neck was sound enough to continue playing. He passed on bringing back Plaxico Burress. In the same purge that caught Petitgout, Reese also jettisoned Carlos Emmons and LaVar Arrington. Did any of these players prove Reese wrong?"
I bring this post up in reference to our new GM David Gettleman. As Panther fans know, Gettleman spent over a decade as the pro personnel director for the Giants, and he had a big hand in these moves. Now the question is, does Gettleman have the same type of mentality now that he has the final say? I don't know either Gettleman or Reese, so I couldn't speculate if they are birds of a feather or come from different ends of the spectrum. Yet, with our salary cap problems and unbalanced roster in terms of talent and depth, the precedent established in his time with the Giants may be an indicator of things to come, whether this year or next.