Snee only wants to be a Giant
There are a lot of changes taking place in New York / New Jersey this spring and it’s not surprising after the Giants went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The offensive line needs a major overhaul and the Giants need cap space to address other areas of the team. When you combine the two it sounds like bad news for guard Chris Snee. Snee missed almost all of 2013 due to injury and carries a cap hit of $11.75 million for next season. Sounds like a cap causality right? If that’s the case Snee, says he’ll retire.
“If there was no interest from their point of view I’d probably say thanks for everything and call it a career,’’ Snee told The Post Wednesday. “At this point it’s not about money for me. I’m a Giant, I couldn’t imagine myself playing for any other organization.’’(New York Post)
I don’t think it will come to that though as Snee has easily been the Giants best offensive lineman when healthy. At the age of 32 I’m sure he can still play at a high level, if healthy of course. An example of a player at his age who came back at a high level is in the division and that’s Jason Peters of the Philadelphia Eagles.
Like Peters, Snee was one of the better players at his position so if healthy could return to that level and it’s something he’s confident he can do.
“If I didn’t feel good I would have no decision to make,’’ said Snee, who has undergone hip and elbow surgeries. “I think it came down to the fact I feel really good. Am I the guy who was controlling the line of scrimmage four years ago? No, but do I think I can play at a high level and compare well to most of the guards in the league? Absolutely.”(New York Post)
The catch is he’ll need to take a serious pay cut and it sounds like something he’s willing to do to continue his career.
“I’ve had discussions with [general manager] Jerry [Reese] and there’s interest on both sides,’’ said Snee, entering the last year of a six-year contract extension worth $43.5 million. “I’m not worried about if the deal will get done but when.’’
Snee’s agent, Noel LaMontagne, said, “Chris and all of us are on board and we will do what makes the most sense for both sides to protect the various outcomes.’’(New York Post)
That’s good news to my ears and I’m fairly confident we’ll see Snee at Giants mini-camps later this spring. Hopefully he’s healthy and makes it to training camp.
“If it’s different come mini-camp in June and I’m struggling to get up off a stool, I’ll be the first to let the Giants know. I love this team, I love everything about being a Giant and I want to help the team as much as I can. For me to come back lets you believe I think I can help.’’(New York Post)