Extending Eli Manning and Antrel Rolle could alleviate cap space, but John Mara is hesitant

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The Giants aren’t only going to be dealing with 24 unrestricted free agents this offseason. They could also be dealing with two of their highest-paid players who are already under contract for 2014.

Antrel Rolle and Eli Manning are scheduled to earn a combined $22.15 million in base salary in 2014 and count for a combined $29.65 million against the salary cap. If the cap remains the same as...

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Hakeem Nicks says he'll prove he's still a top wide receiver

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Hakeem Nicks isn’t worried that his lackluster statistics over the last two years will diminish his value as a free agent this offseason.

“I still know what I’m capable of doing,” he said. “I still consider myself one of the top receivers in this league and I’m going to go out and prove it.”

Nicks caught 56 passes for 896 yards this season, which ranked 57th and 32nd in the league, respectively....

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Giants not counting on David Wilson as their lead running back in 2014

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Don’t count on David Wilson being in the Giants’ backfield next season. Because the Giants sure aren’t.

The second-year running back and former first-round pick missed most of this season with a disc injury in his neck as well as a diagnosis of spinal stenosis and may have surgery this offseason.

“I think we’ll have to have some contingency plans at the running back position,” general...

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Giants move out, make room for NFC reps at Super Bowl

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Players typically clean out their lockers the day after their season ends, but for the Giants that chore had deeper indignity this year. In a few weeks another team will be invading their space as Quest Diagnostics Training Center becomes the Super Bowl home for the NFC representative.

“Whoever they are, I hope they don’t trash the place up and they respect it like we do,” Terrell Thomas said....

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Justin Tuck: I want to retire a Giant

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Justin Tuck said on Monday he’d love nothing better than to retire as a Giant. And after a season in which he recaptured the form that made him one of the best pass rushers in the NFL, it looks as if it’s possible he’ll get his wish.

Tuck, who finished with 11 sacks (his most since 2010), goes into the off-season as an unrestricted free agent. But he already has a meeting scheduled with team...

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Eli Manning leaves game against Redskins with ankle injury

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Not even ironman Eli Manning could finish this season.

The Giants’ quarterback left the game with an ankle injury late in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Redskins at MetLife Stadium. The injury occurred on a first-and-10 pass in which Manning was pressured by Chris Baker, took a hit after he threw an incompletion, and rolled over his left ankle.

Manning remained on the...

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Antrel Rolle still thinks about final series vs. Dallas, Dez

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It’s been a strong year for Antrel Rolle, quite possibly a Pro Bowl year. But one series of plays still haunts him.

It also happens to be the series that essentially ended the Giants’ season on Nov. 24.

“Nine times out of 10 I come out on top,” he said of the challenges the Giants coaches pose to him in terms of versatility and game-planning. “One time this year I didn’t this year I...

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Crisis at running back averted: Brown and Hillis return to practice field

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The Giants’ crisis at running back has been downgraded to a concern.

Both Andre Brown and Peyton Hillis were listed as limited participants in Wednesday’s practice, an indication that both had cleared the NFL’s concussion protocols and are on their way towards being available on Sunday against the Redskins.

The Giants didn’t have a full practice, just a jog-through. The injury report...

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Give it away, give it away, give it away, give it away now!

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‘Tis the season of giving, and that’s exactly what these two teams have done for most of the year.

The Giants lead the NFL with 39 turnovers while the Lions are second with 31. The two teams have a combined turnover differential of minus-30. With the Giants offense struggling, defensive coordinator Perry Fewell put the pressure on his unit to force the Lions to keep up that pace.

“You’ve...

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Perry Fewell wasn't frustrated with Giants' offense, game should have been a 0-0 tie

Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell speaks to the

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A lot of defensive players were upset at the offense after last week’s 23-0 loss to the Seahawks. Was defensive coordinator Perry Fewell upset as well?

“No,” he said on Thursday. “There have been plenty of times when we didn’t play very good and our offense has bailed our (butt) out and I was loving on them and thanking them for that. It’s a team game. We all work together. Some days we’re...

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