A lot can be said about Dave Gettleman and his time as GM of the Giants, but no one can say he was afraid to spend the money.
Gettleman consistently opened the checkbook for high-priced free agents, often to his detriment. In his first free agency as general manager, Gettleman gave OT Nate Solder a four-year contract worth over $60 million.
Gettleman continued this trend of paying top dollars for free agents throughout his tenure. He signed major deals with players like running back Jonathan Stewart, receiver Golden Tate, guard Patrick Omameh, linebacker Kareem Martin and receiver Kenny Golladay.
The biggest free agent deal Gettleman approved was a four-year, $62 million deal for Solder. He also approved a four-year, $37.5 million deal with Tate and a four-year, $72 million deal with Golladay. That’s an average of $58.6 million in cash awarded to Gettleman’s top free agent each year over his four years.
While not all of his free agent signings were disastrous – cornerback James Bradberry, linebacker Blake Martinez and kicker Graham Gano were among those that worked – in many cases, it can be said that Gettleman has overpaid.
Schoen has done the opposite, opting instead for cheaper, shorter-term deals with free agents who are starting quality but not necessarily guys who are seen as the hot names.
Schoen’s biggest contract with a free agent this offseason was to guard Mark Glowinski, who was awarded a 3-year, $18 million deal. Instead of adding a high-priced free agent, Schoen was able to add 12 new players to the roster, all on short-term deals (a lot of those veteran salary benefit contracts) that won’t affect space. long-term ceiling.