McAdoo on Giants pursuing Peterson: ‘Never say never’
The New York Giants could use a running back. Adrian Peterson could use a new team.
Is there a marriage in the works?
“Never say never,” Giants coach Ben McAdoo jersey said Tuesday at the Annual League Meeting in Phoenix, according to Pro Football Talk.
“He’s a guy who’s a very talented player, and he has a chip on his shoulder,” McAdoo said. “And if he can stay healthy, he has a lot to offer.”
That doesn’t mean the Giants are about to pursue the 32-year-old free agent who took to Twitter last week to deny reports that he’s seeking as much as $8 million annually.
The Giants have Paul Perkins, Orleans Darkwa and Shaun Draughn on the roster along with passing-down specialist Shane Vereen. Peterson isn’t a natural fit for a New York offense that uses plenty of shotgun and employed three-receiver sets on more than 90 percent of their plays last season.
McAdoo could shift his attack to accommodate any player he wants, but a better fit might be the Lions. Detroit could use an early down thumper and general manager Bob Quinn didn’t exactly dismiss the idea of kicking the tires on Peterson.
“I think A.P. definitely has plenty left in the tank,” Quinn said Monday. “So we’ll kind of see how it goes.”
Conventional wisdom said Hankins would sign once the market for Dontari Poe was clearly defined. However, Poe inked a one-year prove-it deal with the Atlanta Falcons roughly 10 days ago. Hankins, the last remaining roadblock between the Giants and their much-improved 2016 defense returning completely intact, has been quiet.
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At this point, there is no way Hankins wins the standoff. He has been on the market for too long and teams have already allocated a large percentage of their salary-cap money in free agency. With a defensive line-rich NFL draft coming up in roughly a month, his opportunities will be further diminished as teams pour resources into developing the younger players they select.
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Hankins had an excellent 2016 and is a unique piece that fits the Giants’ brutal run-stuffing line perfectly. Alongside Damon Harrison, there might not be a more formidable set of pile pushers in football. But what is his value outside of New York?
“I think we all want him back,” Jonathan Casillas told cheapjersey of Hankins. “But at the end of the day, if you feel like you need to be compensated for what he’s been doing, he deserves that. We all deserve that. It’s a business. I don’t know exactly where we’re at with him. But I vouch for him. I want him to come back. I think with him, (defensive tackle Damon Harrison), (defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul) and (defensive end Olivier Vernon), it’s going to make my job a lot easier.”
“It means a lot to me, because I started here, and obviously I want to finish here,” he continued. “I’ve seen a lot of guys come and go, especially in my (draft) class. I’m the only one left in my class here. It means a lot. We won a Super Bowl jersey here, and I’m looking forward to putting a fifth trophy in the case.”
Pierre-Paul was slapped with the non-exclusive franchise tag last month, but the plan in New York was always to hammer out a long-range pact for his services.
The sides reportedly were “nowhere near a deal” in late February, but that’s no longer an issue for the Giants, who made the massive defensive end their first-round pick in 2010.
Pierre-Paul, 28, made national headlines in 2015 when he lost his right index finger and badly damaged the rest of his right hand in a Fourth of July fireworks accident.
He returned from that gruesome accident to post one sack over eight games in 2015 before surging back last season to notch seven takedowns and three forced fumbles.
Finishing the season as the league’s 13th-ranked edge defender, per Pro Football Focus — one spot above fellow Giants game-plan wrecker Olivier Vernon — Pierre-Paul graded out well against the run and pass and quieted worries about his mangled mitt.
“We’re happy to get a long-term deal with Jason’ customized nfl jerseys cheap,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “Not only is he one of our best players, he is one of our leaders.”
The Giants roll into next season with legitimate concerns about the career arc of Eli Manning, their starting quarterback who sharply regressed last season. New York’s chances in the NFC East hinge sharply on the play of their defense.
That reality made re-signing Pierre-Paul far from a luxury. To the pleasure of their fan base, the Giants on Friday ended any questions about the pass-rusher’s long-term future in New York.