Giants turn focus toward Patriots mainstay after losing top target
Spending big to land a free-agent prize is not difficult, as long as there is money within the salary cap to do so. Finding value and uncovering gems is the great challenge, and that is the journey awaiting general manager Dave Gettleman and the Giants.
Just because the Giants want to fix their offensive line does not mean it will be easy to do so. And so, after missing out on the top target (Andrew Norwell) they moved onto the next priority (Nate Solder) while also tending to some secondary needs (signing running back Jonathan Stewart to a two-year deal worth $6.9 million, with $2.95 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network).
Wynn, who received a one-year deal, is a roster survivor, entering his fifth season with the Giants after arriving undrafted in 2014 out of Richmond. Although he has 10 career NFL starts, Wynn is a backup, playing in 44 of a possible 48 games the past three years, filling a role on defense and on special teams. He is, first and foremost, a run-stopper, with limited pass-rush contributions.
Thomas spoke to a full house of Browns employees, coaches and front office officials. Owner Jimmy Haslam joined Thomas’ wife, Annie, in the front row with the couple’s three children, and employees wore T-shirts that read No Ordinary Joe.
Thomas started his remarks with several barbs that featured a rundown of his 11 years of struggle with the Browns.
He said Ray Farmer tried to text him, but he didn’t get it because it was during a game and Farmer had been suspended — a reference to the former general manager being suspended for texting the sideline during his tenure with the Browns.
Thomas said Kyle Shanahan put together a 32-page PowerPoint presentation trying to convince him not to retire, a reference to Shanahan putting together a detailed explanation why the Browns should let him out of his contract as offensive coordinator after the 2014 season.