Game Brandon Tanev Jersey This wasn’t even part of the equation when the Giants’ free-agent haul was graded a B-plus earlier this year by ESPN analysts, which included three former front-office executives. A re-grade probably would net them an A-plus. Just about every move worked out as planned, or better.
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It was the perfect storm, with the right players and just enough money to spend, spend and spend some more. The Giants committed $105.3 million of guaranteed money to their big three signings. They handed out more than $200 million in contracts to insta-fix a defense that desperately needed help.
“I think we did what was necessary to correct the last-ranked defense in the league last year and I think we did a good job,” linebacker and defensive captain Jonathan Casillas said.
The Giants were the 32nd-ranked defense last season. They finished 10th in total defense this season.
A prep standout at regional athletic power DeMatha High â€“ NBA Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley and former Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook are among the schoolâ€™s other notable alumni â€“ in Hyattsville, Maryland, Wake was one of the nationâ€™s top defensive players in his recruiting class. Then, he performed well while playing linebacker and defensive end in college at Penn State.
Wake just knew he was on a straight-line path to having a great NFL career. Why wouldnâ€™t he be? Surely, NFL decision-makers would recognize Wakeâ€™s talent. On to the draft, a big contract and the next phase of the grind, Wake figured.
He figured wrong. During the 2005 draft, Wake heard name after named called. He knew those players would get their shot to fulfill a dream. His name wasnâ€™t part of the process. The situation was as unsettling as you can imagine. However, Wake isnâ€™t the type to give up. The undrafted rookie free agent signed with the New York Giants. He was on his way, Wake thought.