Another Giant restructures his deal.
Jordan Schultz was the first to report the news Friday.
LB Blake Martinez has restructured his contract to remain with the #Giants in 2022, per source. Martinez led the league in tackles in 2017 and has been a key staple for the GMen defensively.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) March 11, 2022
The financial details of the new deal have yet to be revealed. Martinez originally signed a three-year, $30.75 million contract with New York ahead of the 2020 season. His 2022 cap hit was to be $14.025 million, but the rework should assist the Giants in their cap-clearing mission.
Blake recorded a team-high 151 combined tackles during his first season in New York but lasted fewer than three games in 2021. The veteran suffered a season-ending ACL tear in the Week 3 loss to Atlanta.
Regardless of the reworked deal’s financial value, Martinez will still be a starter on this team barring another injury. He’s the Giants’ top run-stopper (at least right now) and can serve as a leader for Wink Martindale’s defense.
Not the right move
The Giants should’ve just cut ties with Martinez — doing so would’ve saved the team $8.525 million in cap space (due to the scheduled $5.5 million dead cap hit). They would’ve been better off moving forward with Tae Crowder (who’s still on his cheap rookie deal) and a possible rotation at the other inside linebacker spot in a 3-4 scheme. General manager Joe Schoen could’ve addressed the linebacker position in the draft and/or signed a free agent to a team-friendly deal.
While Martinez is talented and a highly productive run-stopper (as we previously alluded to), he isn’t a premier pass-rusher on the interior of the linebacking unit. Thus, it’s not like he’s an overly valuable asset, especially in what’s supposed to be a blitz-heavy defense coordinated by Martindale.
The potential cap savings were too much to overlook and bypass, which makes the Giants not pulling the trigger on a release all the more questionable.
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