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Giants Have Pressing Offensive-Line Needs
The New York Giants have so many offseason needs in 2024, but The Athletic's Charlotte Carroll thinks their most pressing need is at offensive line, following a season in which the Giants allowed the second-most sacks (85) in NFL history. Their atrocious offensive line is one of the reasons quarterback Daniel Jones (knee) was unable to stay healthy. Without a healthy and successful offensive line, Jones and the rest of New York's offense won't have much of a chance. The G-Men are going to need to find upgrades along their offensive line in both free agency and the upcoming NFL draft in free agency. New York started its offensive-line renovations this offseason by cutting guard Mark Glowinski this week.
Giants Release Mark Glowinski
The New York Giants officially released offensive guard Mark Glowinski on Monday. This was an expected move this offseason, and with the move, the Giants will pick up around $7.5 million in 2024 salary cap savings while leaving a $1.5 million dead-money charge. The writing was on the wall for Glowinski when general manager Joe Schoen didn't restructure the three-year deal he signed in 2022. In addition to that, the 31-year-old lost his starting spot this past season at right guard. Glowinski will not be part of the team's offensive line in 2024, which will be under new command under position coach Carmen Bricillo. The former fourth-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2015 will now be looking to latch on with a new team this offseason after spending the last two seasons in the Big Apple.
Saints Could Use Offensive-Line Help
The New Orleans Saints tried to select their left tackle of the future in the 2022 NFL draft by taking Trevor Penning, but that decision has bombed, as Penning has started just six games and been benched since then. It's why The Athletic's Larry Holder is suggesting that the team's biggest offseason need in 2024 is tackle and/or the guard position on the offensive line. Penning's failures have forced veteran Andrus Peat to fill in at left tackle with utility lineman James Hurst playing left guard. It's been a less-than-optimal situation for New Orleans' offensive line. If they do not address the issues, quarterback Derek Carr could be in for another injury-plagued season. Expect the Saints to address their offensive-line concerns through both free agency and the draft.
James Hurst May Be Cut Loose This Offseason
The Athletic's Larry Holder lists New Orleans Saints offensive guard/tackle James Hurst as a potential salary cap casualty this offseason. At the start of the offseason, the Saints sat around $83 million in the red, according to Over the Cap. Hurst and linebacker Demario Davis are the only two players who would give the Saints 2024 salary cap relief of more than $3 million each on their entire roster. Releasing Hurst would free up around $4.2 million, so he's one of the most obvious salary cap casualties for the team. The 32-year-old veteran missed two games in 2023 due to an ankle injury but was New Orleans' starting left tackle when healthy. The 10-year NFL veteran has been with the Saints for the last four seasons after spending the first six years of his career with the Baltimore Ravens.