Tom Coughlin steals Giants’ top free-agent target
Just because the Giants want to fix their offensive line does not mean it will be easy to do so.
They did not land their big prize in free agency, as Andrew Norwell will sign a five-year, $66.5 million deal with the Jaguars, according to ESPN, a price the Giants did not match. Norwell, the top guard on the open market and only 26 years old, will receive $30 million in guaranteed money. He becomes the NFL’s highest-paid guard, averaging $13.3 million per year. The price tag was expected to rise above $12 million per year, and it did.
The Vikings are widely considered to be the favorite to land Cousins because they went to the NFC Championship game last season and have a roster that is ready to win immediately. The Jets have about $90 million in salary-cap space and can throw the most money at Cousins, hoping to sway him to come to New Jersey.
On Monday, the NFL Network reported that at least two teams are prepared to offer Cousins a three-year, fully guaranteed contract and one other team is willing to come close to a fully guaranteed deal. That would be unheard of in the NFL where teams usually guarantee the first two or three years of a deal for top free agents, but then tack on more unguaranteed years to the deal that act essentially as team options.
The Giants on Monday tended to some internal business, re-signing linebacker/special teams ace Mark Herzlich and offensive lineman Jon Halapio.
The Giants need insurance at running back, with Wayne Gallman the only back on the roster assured of a spot on the team. Their top rusher in 2017, Orleans Darkwa, is an unrestricted free agent. Stewart is on the downside of a solid 10-year career, all with the Panthers, where he worked with Mike Shula, currently the Giants’ offensive coordinator, and Dave Gettleman, the Giants’ new general manager. A bullish runner, Stewart has 7,318 career rushing yards and 51 rushing touchdowns but last season averaged only 3.4 yards per carry.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage said during an interview that he was 100% behind former aide David Sorensen — who left the White House last month just before an explosive Washington Post stay was printed.
I told him if he wants to come back, he’s got a job, LePage said during an interview with radio host Howie Carr on Friday.
LePage also said he does not believe the abuse allegations from Sorensen’s ex-wife, Jessica Corbett.