Janoris Jenkins Cut by the New York Giants; A Culture Problem Exists
The New York Giants have a monster culture problem on their hands. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins was cut on Friday morning by New York because of his Twitter outrage. Jenkins was more than pleased to have the Giants release him and this is where New York’s culture problem begins.
When Jenkins posted on his Twitter page about this, you know this organization has become a very toxic place. This football team is susceptible to losing at this point and it is completely embarrassing.
They have lost nine consecutive games and the New York Giants started the season at 2-2. They are currently in last place in the NFC East.
The release of Jenkins could the beginning of a wholesale change for New York.
According to former New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes, he said on his Twitter page, “I don’t agree with what Jenkins said or how he handled it but I also don’t think he should have been cut. We have to teach and educate, not discard players when they make mistakes. #GiantsPride”
He is correct about this. The New York Giants just wanted to find some excuse to cut Jenkins. He has played in every game so far this season.
Janoris Jenkins has picked off four passes and he has also batted down 14 passes so far this season. Jenkins has also recorded 54 tackles so far this season.
Jenkins has been with the team since 2016 after signing a 5-year $62.5 million free-agent contract with Giants.
Speaking of trades, General Manager Dave Gettleman tried to trade him at the trade deadline this past trade deadline, last offseason, and at the trade deadline, last season but there were no suitors for him.
It is going to be interesting to see now what other players are going to be walking out the door this offseason. Left tackle Nate Solder, linebacker Alec Ogletree, and safety Antoine Bethea will be some players that could potentially be cut in the offseason.
Quarterback Eli Manning will be a free agent at the end of the season. He will be starting on Sunday at home for the New York Giants against the Miami Dolphins.
If New York gets blown out at home against a tanking Miami team, I think Owner John Mara and Steve Tisch will fire Head Coach Pat Shurmur and General Manager Dave Gettleman on Monday morning.
I believe that the Giants will show those two guys the door at the end of the season, no matter what. This team needs a culture changer at the head coaching position. They also need a general manager who will evaluate talent from top-to-bottom and you can’t only get players through the draft.
Dave Gettleman has been very good at drafting, but he has whiffed on trades and free agency. Leonard Williams is a prime example of this. Williams hasn’t done anything ever since coming over in a trade. Gettleman gave up a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick for him.
This team needs as much draft capital as possible. They will have somewhere between 8-10 picks in the offseason. New York would currently have the number two pick in the NFL Draft right now and everyone wants them to take defensive end Chase Young from the Ohio State University.
Cornerback Sam Beal and DeAndre Baker will be the starting cornerbacks on Sunday. Julian Love will also see a ton of playing time as well at cornerback and he has actually played well. Corey Ballentine is still injured and he probably won’t play.
This team needs to make overhaul changes to the roster. This team could potentially have over $100 million in cap space in the offseason. With Jenkins being released, he would have counted for $14.75 million according to SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano. He also mentioned that this will save $11.25 million in cap space next season.
However, according to Spotrac, Janoris Jenkins’s contract will have a dead cap hit of $14.75 million this season and $3.5 million next season.
It is also possible that Jenkins will sign with a perennial playoff contender. Wouldn’t it be funny if he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles? Philadelphia (6-7) needs a corner and they still have a chance to win the NFC East. Also, wouldn’t it be something to see Janoris Jenkins come back to the Meadowlands for Week 17 and pick off either Daniel Jones or Eli Manning for a touchdown?
That would just describe how bad this franchise has been lately. They have only been to the playoffs once since winning Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots in the 2011 regular season and the 2012 postseason by a score of 21-17. Winning football feels like a decade ago for this franchise. It feels like the 1970s all over again for the New York Giants and they need to start this football program from scratch.
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