Linval Joseph was valued very highly by the New York Giants in 2010, as he was drafted by them in the second round. Since being drafted from East Carolina, Joseph has played four seasons with the Giants including winning a Super Bowl in the 2011 season.
At 6’4, 328 pounds, Joseph is valuable to the Giants for stopping the run. Just to put his size into perspective, Patriots All Pro defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is 6’2, 325 pounds. Joseph plays an integral role in a rush defense that ranked a respectable 14th overall last season in yards given up. Joseph has nine sacks in his last three seasons, which is pretty impressive for defensive tackle that specializes in run stopping.
Giants do have other needs, but fortunately for them, their salary cap is in good shape. The Giants are currently $10.2 million under the cap. Re-signing Joseph doesn’t appear to be the hardest or most difficult of issues this offseason for the Giants, although he may test his options. If re-signed, he will come at a price, but he’s worth it. Two time All Pro defensive end Justin Tuck, who had 11 sacks last season, is also an upcoming free agent.
NFL free agency begins March 11.
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