Today it has been reported that the New York Giants are preparing to cut center David Baas in order to create more room under the NFL’s salary cap.
Baas played in only 3 games last year for the Giants, his third season with Big Blue after signing a 5 year, $27.5 million deal ($11.5 guaranteed) with the Giants before the 2011 season. Baas was brought in during the 2011 off season to replace long time Giants center Shaun O’Hara, but injuries and sub-par play over the past two seasons have made the Giants parting ways with the 32 year old former second round draft choice. Baas was the starting center for the 2011 Giants team that won Super Bowl XLVI, but since that season his play has not lived up to the salary that he was commanding.
According to Sportac.com Baas was set to be a $8.225 million cap hit this season and a $8.475 million cap hit for the 2015 season. Given his inability to remain active last season due to hip and knee troubles, the Giants could not afford to carry such a burden at the center position without receiving any production.
It has been reported by Jordan Raanan of NJ.com that the Giants will save opt to take the salary cap hit for cutting Baas against this year’s salary cap rather than deferring it to next years so the team will save only 1.775 million this season, but will not count towards the 2015 cap at all.
The Giants offensive line is in need of a major overhaul this off season, after a terrible performance as a group in 2013, so expect this to be a the first of many changes to the Giants O-line made by general manager Jerry Reese prior to the start of the 2014 season. The Giants drafted an offensive lineman, Justin Pugh, in the first round of last year’s draft and I would not be surprised if they go that route again in this year’s draft.