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The Giants have some big decisions to make this offseason with key players either heading to free agency or coming into the last year of their contracts.
With little wiggle room to work with under the salary cap, we’ll take a look at these players and whether or not they should stay or go.
Let’s break down the case of LB Blake Martinez:
Before we freak out, let me preface this entire article by saying this: Blake Martinez is one hell of a football player. He’s what many teams look for in a middle linebacker; someone who can go sideline to sideline, get in the backfield, and most importantly, tackle with a high proficiency.
That said, a new GM has landed in New York and Joe Schoen will be evaluating the entire roster to see where improvements need to be made as well as how he can create some cap space that Dave Gettleman didn’t really leave behind.
Martinez is entering the final year of his contact, and according to OverTheCap, he could save the team $8.525 million if he were either let go or traded.
And despite leading the Giants in tackles in 2020 in his first year with New York, he suffered an ACL injury in Week 3 that forced him out the rest of the year.
So there is a decision to be made whether or not he should be staying.
Case to Stay
Martinez didn’t lead the Giants in tackles in 2020 by accident. His 151 combined was synonymous with his career totals with the Green Bay Packers, which is why he was sought after by numerous teams before that season.
Production like that is hard to replicate, and considering he’s still under contract, why let someone like that go? Sure, the Giants had some solid play with Tae Crowder calling the plays instead of Martinez when he left for the year, but there’s no doubt the team’s run defense faltered without him.
Giants fans also recognize how much leadership Martinez brings to the group. Not only is it the juice factor, getting his teammates pumped up during games, but in the locker room he’s a very…