By Alexander George. On Monday, New York Giants defensive end, Owa Odighizuwa announced on his Twitter account that he is “tak[ing] some time to get away from the game [of football].”
Selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft, Odighizuwa would have been in his third season of his rookie contract of $3 million dollars. His combined base salary for the remainder of his rookie contract would have been approximately $1.8 million dollars. With the sudden resignation of the defensive end, the Giants add $1.2 million dollars to their salary cap space.
Owa Odighizuwa’s two seasons with the New York Giants has been less than spectacular to say the least with 6 tackles and zero sacks in 18 games. As long as defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon remain healthy and productive on the defensive line, Odighizuwa will not be missed. The only consequence of his sudden departure is that the Giants will most likely draft a defensive end due to a lack of depth at the position. Another position the Giants will likely look to beef up in the draft is linebacker.
The 2016 New York Giants defense looked better than it has in a while, a top ten unit in most significant defensive categories. The unit helped the Giants finish 11-5 in the 2016 season.
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*Top Number is average per game in 2016 except TDs which are total.
**Bottom number is the team’s ranking among all 32 NFL teams in 2016.
From a fantasy football perspective, the Giants helped you in about half of the games last season and didn’t help you in the other eight games. They’ll be draftable in deeper sixteen team leagues but will likely start the 2017 season on waivers in ten and twelve team leagues.