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The New Orleans Saints (2-1) meet the New York Giants (1-2) this afternoon in the 30th meeting between these two NFC franchises. The Giants hold a 16-13 edge in the series Alvin Kamara Jersey White , including a 12-4 advantage when the games are played in New York, site of today's contest. Their first meeting against each other was in the Saints inaugural season of 1967. It was the fourth game of the season, and the Saints were playing their first road game in franchise history, on October 8, 1967 in Yankee Stadium. Despite New York rolling up 535 yards of total offense against just 210 for the Saints, the Giants needed a fourth quarter touchdown to edge the fledgling New Orleans franchise 27-21. Their next meeting, also in New York, would be a year later nearly to the day, October 6, 1968. The score wasn't nearly as close this time, as the Giants took advantage of four New Orleans turnovers on their way to a 38-21 win. The Saints would get their first victory over the Giants that following season, again on the road, on November 16, 1969. In a back and forth affair that saw the teams combine for 30 second quarter points, the Saints emerged victorious 25-24, on a 4th quarter field goal by kicker Tom Dempsey. The first time that the Saints hosted the Giants in New Orleans (Tulane Stadium) was the third game of the 1970 season, a 14-10 Saints victory. Neither the Giants or the Saints were very successful through the 1970's and into the early '80's, but New Orleans did manage a 3-2 record against New York though the disco decade. By the mid-1980's, both teams had built themselves into a perennial playoff contender in the very strong NFC, powered by strong running games and intimidating defenses. The fortunes of both franchises turned around during the 1981 draft by adding a future Hall of Fame linebacker. The Giants by selecting Lawrence Taylor with the second overall pick (one behind the Saints selection of running back George Rogers), and New Orleans drafting of Rickey Jackson with the 51st overall selection. Both teams would build linebacking corps around their iconic superstars that were considered by many to be among the top linebacker units in the history of the league. The Saints and Giants met seven times during Taylor's and Jackson's tenures, 1981-93, with the respective teams that drafted them. With other defensive stars roaming the field like Carl Banks, Harry Carson, Pepper Johnson, Leonard Marshall of the Giants, and Pat Swilling, Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, and Wayne Martin of the Saints, points were often hard to come by. New Orleans was only 2-5 against New York in those games, but the average score was just 16-14 Womens Tre'Quan Smith Jersey , and the contests were fierce and physical wars. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesTwo-time Super Bowl winner Eli Manning is a native of New Orleans and of course the son of Archie Manning, quarterback of the Saints from 1971-82. Eli's first start against his father's former team was on September 19, 2005. The game was played in New York, but the Saints were considered the home team, because the site of the game had to be moved because of the devastation caused to the Gulf Coast due to Hurricane Katrina. The Saints outgained the Giants that day, 422-257, but 3 interceptions by quarterback Aaron Brooks proved to be their undoing, as they fell to defeat, 27-10. Tragedy had intertwined these teams nearly four years earlier as well. New Orleans would visit the Giants on September 30, 2001, in what was New York's first home game since the 9/11 terrorist attack on the city. In another contest where football certainly took a backseat to life events, the Giants would edge New Orleans that day by a 21-13 score. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesSaints quarterback Drew Brees is 4-2 against the Giants since joining New Orleans in 2006, scoring over 40 points in three of those meetings. Brees and Manning have engaged in some memorable aerial duals during their showdowns, including one of the most exciting offensive shootouts in recent history. On November 1, 2015, the two teams combined for 63 first downs, 1,024 total yards, and 101 points during a 52-49 last second Saints victory. Manning completed 77% of his passes for 350 yards and six touchdowns during the game. Not to be outdone, Brees outdueled his counterpart by completing 78% for an eye-popping 505 yards and an NFL-record seven touchdown passes. The last meeting between these two took place during the second game of the 2016 season in New York. The kicking game would make the difference in this matchup between two of the conference's top quarterbacks. Early in the game, Saints kicker Wil Lutz had a short field goal blocked, which New York defensive back Janoris Jenkins returned for a touchdown. In a defensive struggle, the Giants converted a short kick of their own to pull off a 16-13 victory. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesDespite lofty statistics, Brees' teams have often struggled to put points on the board when they travel to The Big Apple, whether it's to play either the Giants or the Jets. New Orleans is just 1-2 as the visiting team against the Giants during Brees' tenure, and have averaged just 23 points in those games while being prone to some costly turnovers. They come into this game averaging nearly 35 points per game, with Brees averaging 359 yards passing per game and throwing 8 touchdown passes with no turnovers. He benefits from having two of the best offensive weapons in the game with wideout Michael Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara. The New Orleans offense is still without suspended Pro Bowl running back Mark Ingram however, and has struggled to consistently run the ball. New York will be missing a few key defenders for this one, sidelined by injury, but still have defensive playmakers such as Jenkins, Landon Collins, and Alec Ogletree. Defensively Marshon Lattimore Saint Jersey , the Saints have played well against the run but have been getting bombarded against the pass after such improvements in that area last season. Eli Manning has two very talented receivers in Sterling Shepard and former L.S.U. star Odell Beckham Jr., as well as dangerous rookie running back Saquon Barkley, but the Giants have struggled mightily along the offensive line. Cam Jordan, Sheldon Rankins, and rookie Marcus Davenport have the ability to heavily pressure Manning, hoping to force him into the mistakes that the Saints defense has caused little of this season. New Orleans must get better coverage and communication along the back end, and defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams will need to play at a Pro Bowl level in order to help contain New York's skill position stars. The Giants have not had a 30 point game in the last 35 games, dating back to the season finale of the 2015 season. They will likely need to score that many to keep pace with Brees and his passing offense. New Orleans is looking for history to repeat itself from last season, when they struggled defensively to open up the year, but fortified itself into a opportunistic unit that could pressure opposing offenses into game changing mistakes. Saints 30Giants 21 The Saints just spent a bunch of money they weren’t supposed to have this offseason. Could it come back to bite them when it comes time to pay Thomas?"The Saints have been very active during the 2019 free agency period. So far, they’ve signed defensive tackles Malcom Brown and Mario Edwards, running back Latavius Murray, offensive lineman Nick Easton, return specialist Marcus Sherels, and tight end Jared Cook.On the surface, it appears the Saints have opened the vaults in order to shore up the most glaring deficiencies on their current roster. Sheldon Rankins’ Achilles injury and David Onyemata’s impending drug suspension forced the Saints to sign Brown and Edwards. Mark Ingram’s exit made Murray’s signing a necessity in order to bolster the running back room.Max Unger’s sudden retirement meant the Saints needed to sign another lineman who could play both center and guard. Ben Watson’s retirement created an immediate need at the tight end position, which lead to the signing of pass-heavy, block-light Cook. The Saints have always needed an upgrade at returner, so they’ve essentially rented Sherels for one year.As a fan, I’ve been excited watching the news of new signings come across the television or iPhone screen. But I wonder if there are players in the building who don’t share my same enthusiasm. Outside of Drew Brees, there isn’t one other player, whose contract expires after this season, who is more vital to the Saints’ success than wide receiver Michael Thomas.Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty ImagesI can’t help but wonder if he secretly stews in displeasure with each of these signings as he sees more money being allocated to free agents while he continues to play on his paltry rookie salary. Thomas’s contract runs through this upcoming season and will have paid him base salaries of $450,000 in 2016, $682,681 in 2017, $915,361 in 2018, and $1,148,041 in 2019. Along with bonuses, Thomas will earn $5 Womens Michael Thomas Jersey ,257,440 during his first four years in the league.We can easily make the argument that Michael Thomas is better than Seth Roberts who makes $5,242,500 per year with the Raiders. We can also confidently make the argument that Thomas is as impactful as Odell Beckham Jr., Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Mike Evans, and DeAndre Hopkins who all make between $14 and $18 million a year.We can play devil’s advocate as well and make the argument that pay in the NFL simply doesn’t make “cents” when we compare salaries apples to apples along with player production. For instance, Vikings two time Pro Bowler Adam Thielen makes about the same ($4,811,500/year) as the Bengals’ 1st round draft flop and perpetually injured John Ross ($4,278,966/year). This past season another Bengals receiver, A.J. Green earned $15 million while playing in nine games and registering 46 receptions for 694 yards and six touchdowns. In the same season, the Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill earned $646,555 while playing in 16 games and registering 87 receptions for 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns.Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty ImagesIt’s clear, most players aren’t paid what they are actually worth. Many are paid more than they produce and many more are paid less than their production should net them. It’s also clear that the price tags for receivers will only increase north of the $20 Million per year mark, and the Saints should brace themselves for the $19 Million raise their star wide receiver has fairly earned.Sure, they could place the exclusive franchise tag on Thomas in 2020 for around $17 million, but the Saints must ask themselves, is saving $3 million worth potentially pissing off one of your most valuable offensive assets? What if Thomas takes the tender as an insult or an indictment against the Saints’ best intentions to invest in him long-term, past the Drew Brees era? He could sit out training camp, or worse, the season, like Le’Veon Bell did. That doesn’t seem like his nature, but the NFL is changing and players are less afraid to stand their ground in negotiations.It’s not like the Saints haven’t had a heads up that Thomas is a reliable, productive, and positive locker room presence. That’s all he has been over the past three seasons. The second round pick out of Ohio State has amassed more than 90 receptions and 1,100 all three years he has been in the league. He’s broken the all time record for most catches through his first three seasons with 321 receptions. He’s caught 23 touchdowns while only missing one game back in his rookie season. His 85% catch rate in 2018 was an NFL record that was previously set by Wes Welker, 77.2% in 2007. This dude takes care of his body, perfects his craft Womens Drew Brees Jersey , and has an immeasurable level of leadership and competitive ability that’s absolutely contagious. I remember sitting in the friends and family hang inside the Dome following last year’s season opening loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs. I asked Sean Payton’s assistant if the Saints were getting ready to pay Michael Thomas like Odell Beckham Jr. and he replied, “he wants it now.”That was in September of 2018. Then, in November, Thomas’ agent David Mulugheta terminated their working relationship citing a “difference in opinion.” What that difference was, we can’t be sure, but as Adam Schefter pointed out, it’s rare for an agent to end a client relationship prior to a big pay day.Though Thomas has finished only his third year in the league, he is already onto his third agent. After firing Christopher Ellison of First Picks Sports Management, Thomas switched to Mulugheta, who later terminated their relationship. It wasn’t until February 2019 when Thomas hired a new agent, Andrew Kessler of Athletes First.This type of agent instability could be disconcerting. Maybe Thomas is hard headed or impulsive. Those can be dangerous personality traits when entering contract negotiations. Or, perhaps Thomas is the sane one and his agents have tried to get him to force his hand more than he’s comfortable doing. Either way, if the Saints haven’t made special efforts towards making Thomas feel wanted and included in their future plans, now is the time to reassure him that he will get paid.Fortunately, the Saints’ free agent contracts that I’ve looked at this offseason have these assurances hidden within them. The secret to making sure money is available for Thomas can be found in the way the Saints structured their free agent contracts. Mario Edwards’ contract is only guaranteed this year so if he doesn’t work out, the Saints can cut him in 2020 and only take a $475,000 dead cap hit. If Malcom Brown is a total whiff, the Saints would eat $3 million if they cut him in 2020, but that number drops to $1.5 million in 2021. For reference, the Saints are paying Coby Fleener $3.2 million and Kurt Coleman $3 million in dead money in 2019, so that makes $1.5 million seem like a steal.Latavius Murray’s dead cap hit drops precipitously from $7.2 million in 2019 to 5.35 million in 2020 before falling to $1.7 million in 2021 and $850k in 2022. Nick Easton’s dead cap hit versus cap savings is another indication of how the Saints have recently structured their contracts so that they can release players who underperform without incurring a ton of dead money.For instance, in 2019, Easton’s dead cap hit ($4 million) dwarfs the cap money saved by cutting him ($1.5 million). Yet, in 2020, the inverse happens; Easton’s dead cap hit falls to $1.5 million while his cap money saved goes up to $4 million. It should also be noted that Easton’s base salary of $2 million for 2019 is the only guaranteed money in his four year contract.The full terms of Jared Cook’s and Marcus Sherel’s contracts have not been made public, but we can gather that since only $8 million of Cook’s two year, $15 million contract is fully guaranteed, Cook is also perhaps a glorified one year rental who carries little weight against the future cap if he can’t bring that Jimmy Graham feel back to the tight end position.It appears the Saints have added several key free agents to positions of great need without mortgaging as much of the future as I had previously thought. They might be positioning themselves to retain one of their top free agents after all.
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