Veteran cornerback Corey Webster and veteran tight end Brandon Myers saw their contracts voided by the Giants on Friday. Both players will have to find another team to pick them up if they hope to continue their NFL careers in 2014.
Although Webster had spent nine seasons with the Giants and won two Super Bowl titles, his productivity had been waning in recent years. In 2013, Webster was hampered by several injuries and only ended up playing four games. He had one voidable year left on his contract in 2014, but the Giants decided that they were better off going in a different direction.
Myers was brought in last offseason to be New York’s pass-catching tight end, but he failed to match the production that Martellus Bennett brought to the position in 2012. Instead of building on his 79 catches and 806 yards that he racked up in his last season with the Raiders, Myers was only a minor factor in the Giants’ offense with 47 catches and 522 yards. Although he still had three years left on his contract, New York was able to void all of them.
To replace Myers, the Giants could give increased playing time to young tight ends Larry Donnell and Adrien Robinson next season. Robinson in particular is interesting because he has recorded zero NFL catches so far even though the Giants used a fourth round draft pick on him two years ago. There are also intriguing tight end prospects in this spring’s draft, with some experts suggesting that the Giants could draft Eric Ebron out of North Carolina in the first round.
The cornerback situation is a little more complicated. Prince Amukamara will certainly be back with the Giants in 2014, but Aaron Ross, Terrell Thomas, and Trumaine McBride will all become free agents in March. With so much depth flying the coop, New York is a likely player at the cornerback position in both the draft and free agency. It wouldn’t be shocking to see the team take Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard or Ohio State’s Bradley Roby in the first round of the draft.
The Giants have to get better if they want to compete for a playoff spot in 2014, and that means saying goodbye to aging veterans and adding younger, more skilled players. With the departures of Webster and Myers, the Giants are creating space for players whom they hope can be part of the next great Big Blue team.