The Giants need to be careful with their signings in this year’s open-agency marketplace given their salary caps. However, they need to add players, especially along their offensive line. They took a step – perhaps the biggest step they will take this cycle – by agreeing on a deal with guard Mark Glowinski on Monday.
The deal is for three years and $20 million, with $11.4 million being guaranteed money.
This is a mid-level signing, but it’s about the best the Giants can muster and adds a solid starting player to a roster that has almost no proven offensive line quality. Glowinski started at right for the Colts the last three years, never missing a game, and he expects to start at that spot for the Giants. Their last season right guard Will Hernandez is an unrestricted free agent, and the Giants’ 2018 second-round pick will look elsewhere for work.
Glowinski will be 30 years old in May. He is considered a much stronger run blocker than a pass protector. In 2021, he allowed two sacks, eight quarterback hits and 38 total presses, according to Pro Football Focus.
Glowinski, an eight-year veteran, was a 2015 fourth-round draft pick for the West Virginia Seahawks. After some ups and downs in Seattle, Glowinski was picked up and picked up by the Colts. In 2019, he signed a three-year, $18 million contract extension. Glowinski was ranked the 21st most effective guard in the league by PFF in 2021.
Along with Andrew Thomas at left tackle, the Giants now have two starters for their line. Its a lot to do.
The addition of Glowinski doesn’t lessen the need for the Giants to add talent to their offensive line via the draft. They didn’t engage in high-priced negotiations, but the events of Day 1 of Free Agency weren’t entirely irrelevant to the Giants. Movements by teams ahead of them in the first round of Monday’s draft could make it more likely that one of the key offensive tackles on the night of April 28 will fall on them.
It’s a year when a quarterback isn’t expected to be picked high in the draft — it might not be a top 10 pick. This is a troubling scenario for the Giants, who aren’t in the first-round quarterback market. They won’t benefit if teams grab a quarterback before they’re 5th on the clock and push other players down to them. Should the Giants decide to be relegated to 5th or 7th place, they are not expected to have quarterback-hungry teams trying to get into the top 10.
Coming out of the Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, the perception was that Evan Neal (Alabama) and Ickey Ekwonu (North Carolina State) are the top offensive prospects and that both could be picked before the Giants’ 5th-seat turn . The way things were designed early on in free agency makes that less likely, which is good news for the Giants.
The Jaguars hold the No. 1 pick overall and signed Pro Bowl guard Brandon Scherff Monday, a move that could benefit the Giants in two ways. It removes a key player from Washington, an NFL East rival, and it reduces the need for the Jaguars to pick an offensive lineman with the first pick. The Jaguars also franchise-tagged offensive tackle Cam Robinson. This could open the door for the Jaguars to take on Aidan Hutchinson, who is expected to be the first edge rusher selected.
The Jets took care of the offensive line business the signing of the guard Laken Tomlinson, Negating the notion that they would take an offensive tackle at No. 4 and bring it inside to guard for a year, with Noah Fant and Mekhi Becton being the starting tackles in 2022. The Jets will likely choose to go elsewhere with their first round.
The Lions own the No. 2. They attacked Penei Sewell with the No. 7 overall pick in 2021. Will they double down and fight another tackle this year?
The Texans are in 3rd place and could go in all sorts of directions.
Free decision makers, when used correctly, fill in gaps to allow teams more flexibility during design. The Jaguars and Jets have that flexibility now and that should increase the Giants’ chances of landing Neal or Ekwonu. Unless, of course, they like the Charles Cross of Mississippi State better than one or both. There’s no doubt that one of the three tackles will be at number 5.
https://nypost.com/2022/03/14/nfl-free-agency-giants-sign-guard-mark-glowinski-to-three-year-deal/ Giants sign guard Mark Glowinski to three-year contract