Ok, it's just about lunch time, so let's see what we have so far today:
Brandon Jacobs was in the Giants facility discussing a contract restructuring that would likely reduce his salary for 2011 and could very well provide the team with enough money to up their offer to Ahmad Bradshaw. We reported earlier today that the Giants have already made an offer to Bradshaw, but there is no deal imminent. As for Jacobs, he has left the building and while there is no concrete restructuring in place, it does appear he is willing to negotiate and something could get done soon.
As for other salaries the Giants were hoping to reduce, they were in talks with DT Rocky Bernard about restructuring him. The two sides could not reach an agreement there, however, so Bernard gets added to the list of Giants who will likely be released at 4 p.m. Thursday (Shaun O'Hara, Rich Seubert and Shawn Andrews were already on that list).
Tom Coughlin received a one-year contract extension, giving him some measure of job security but really not that much. He's still got a pretty hot seat under him, being under contract through the 2012 season. The Giants also announced that former Patriots linebacker Larry Izzo has been named an assistant special teams coach, but we've known that for a while.
The Giants made a move to add an offensive lineman after their purge of veterans yesterday and have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent David Baas. He's a good player who started at guard and center for the 49ers. No word yet on where the Giants see him fitting in -- they have needs for a vet at both positions -- because they can't really comment on him until he signs with the team on Friday (assuming he does sign on Friday, that's only the first chance players can sign). Either way, he won't be able to practice with the Giants until late next week when the CBA is officially ratified and the league year begins.
Oh, and Eli Manning just spoke with reportes about a long list of topics including Plaxico, his buddies on the offensive linemen who were whacked, and the structure of this training camp. I'll have more on that in a little bit.