When Jabrill Peppers tore his ACL last season, it felt as though that was going to be the last time we saw him in Giants blue.

We’re now over a week into free agency, and there hasn’t been any noise around the former Michigan Wolverine.  Now, right now the Giants are in no position to sign anybody unless it’s for the vet minimum, and they’re even running out of room for those contracts.  But if Peppers remains unsigned, there is a path for him to return to Big Blue.

Last week, the Giants somewhat shockingly cut safety Logan Ryan.  The move saved them little money, and left Xavier McKinney and Julian Love as the only safety’s on the roster.  The Giants now can add depth at safety to the list of holes on this team.  Now, the Giants could draft a safety, perhaps even Kyle Hamilton, but draft picks are far from a guarantee.  So, Peppers, a New Jersey Native and former Giant seems like the perfect fit to fill that hole at safety.  The next problem is money, but that money will likely be freed up sooner rather than later.

It seems inevitable that the Giants are going to trade James Bradberry.  To be quite honest, I hate hate hate that move, but recognize there is no other real options unless you trade Saquon Barkley and restructure some contracts (which I may not hate if it means keeping Bradberry).  Regardless of my opinion on the move, it seems it’s going to happen no matter what. This move, and some other releases will likely free up enough cap space to sign the upcoming draft class and hopefully a few other veterans.  That is where Peppers comes in.  This move likely can’t happen right now, as I’m sure Peppers is still seeking more money than what the Giants will be able to pay him.  But if we get through the draft and perhaps into the summer, Peppers may be forced to take a contract smaller than what he is looking for, and that’s where the Giants may be able to bring him back.

Jabrill Peppers was a captain with Big Blue.  He is well liked by both his teammates and the fan base.  Who can forget his classic OT coin toss line against the Saints, “We want the ball, f*** em!”  Not to mention, he’s a pretty damn good safety!

If Jabrill Peppers remains unsigned for long enough, there may be a path for him to remain a Giant for at least 1 more year.

 

 

 

 

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