Will (And Can) Strahan Put FOX Analyst Gig On Hold To Rejoin The Giants?

Monday, August 25, 2008

As soon as Osi Umenyora went down with a knee injury on Saturday everyone in the Sports Media world began searching for Michael Strahan's cell number. And that was even before it was announced that the DE was lost for the year. Strahan, who was vacationing in Greece, told multiple sources that he'd listen to the Giants yesterday and the rumored amount to get him back in NYC appears to be a grand total of $8 million. Via TSB....

"If the Giants make a sincere overture, it's a good chance that Strahan would consider coming back," the source told the newspaper. "There are other things he has to take into consideration: the money and his contract with Fox. But if the Giants really want him, they have a shot. It's not out of the question."

Strahan, who is 37 and retired June 9, has a contract with Fox to be a television commentator. He didn't rule out a return to the Giants in an interview with NFL Network.

"I haven't heard from anybody else, so to say if I would or wouldn't is premature," Strahan told NFL Network. "So I'm enjoying my retired life right now."
While most of those in the know seem to think that the return is "doubtful", I'm thinking that Strahan will be back in Giant Blue very soon. His contract with FOX is for $2 million a year and I'm assuming that there has to be a clause built in that lets him return to the game if he wants to. Also, that $8 million mark is easily within reach for New York as they currently have $12 million on the cap to spare. That price would be a steal for a future HOFer who hasn't really lost that much of a step.

Obviously the contract amounts are just educated guesses, but in the wake of his highly publicized divorce, it seems like a no-brainer for him to sign with the Giants. Strahan was ordered to pay his ex-wife Jean over $15 million and is also on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support. That's not necessarily the best reason for a return, but it might very well make the decision to come back a little easier.

Strahan Could Return or Umenyiora Could Be Back By October or Neither Could Happen (The Sporting Blog)
Can't hurt Giants just to give Strahan a call (NY Daily News)

Posted by Awful Announcing- at 1:35 PM


This situation is a far cry from the poo that was Favre and Strahan could very much end up as a gallant knight gap toothing himself back to the G Men.

As much flak as Jordan took for hemming and hawing about retirement... same with Favre...They couldn't make up their mind... Strahan seems to be very much content retired and in this situation completely understandable if he were to take the Giants up on their overtures.

The Pocket Brat said...
Aug 25, 2008, 3:33:00 PM  

I know that in Madden (at least a few years ago), putting a player on IR meant that you freed his salary from the cap (though, oddly, not his roster space), so would the Giants save Osi's cap amount if/when they IR him? I guess it doesn't really matter, but I'm curious...

Oh yeah, and I'm a Giants fan and would love to see Stray come back, but I couldn't blame him for staying retired, either.

Jay said...
Aug 25, 2008, 4:08:00 PM  

This would be a bad move. Strahan was a huge benefactor of Osi's awesomeness. If he comes back, Osi's double-teams go right at the old man.

GMoney said...
Aug 25, 2008, 4:11:00 PM  

Strahan was double-teamed his entire career. If he comes back, he'll still play LE and Tuck will move to RE. Tuck is pretty much just as good a player as Osi -- not quite the speed rusher, but stronger and better against the run. So they'll have to decide which guy to double, and the guy on the other side will rack up the sacks.

Jay said...
Aug 25, 2008, 9:25:00 PM  

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