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Giants need cap room, but restructuring contracts won't be easy. Their cap situation for 2014 isn't great. Look ...
By my count (with some big help from NFL sources and the accounting of @spotrac), the Giants have about $90 million in 2014 salary cap space ($89,995,852 to be exact … I think) committed to 42 players. And if you take out the 17 players on futures-type deals, they have about $81 million in 2014 cap space tied up in just 25 players.
With the cap expected to be relatively flat again next year (it's $123 million this year), that leaves the Giants with around $42 million in cap space allotted for 2014 and half their roster to fill.
If that sounds like a lot, consider this: In 2014, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Linval Joseph, Justin Tuck, and Andre Brown are all scheduled to be unrestricted free agents (at least at the moment). Those five alone could eat $20 million in cap space.
A lot can change between now and then, but that’s why the Giants -- currently believed to be about $4 million under the 2013 cap -- have to be careful about restructuring deals to lower their salary cap number now, because all it does is push the “cap hit” into future years.
For some examples, more information, and a look at the Giants who are most likely to be restructuring candidates, read my latest entry on The Blue Screen blog …