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Jerry Reese is introduced as the new general

Jerry Reese is introduced as the new general manager of the N.Y. Football Giants at a Giants Stadium press conference. (Jan. 16, 2007) Photo Credit: Newsday/David L. Pokress

What a day! The return of the NFL ... and me.

Yes, I'm back from vacation just in time to see the grand re-opening of the NFL. And while I apparently didn't miss much of anything official in my time off, it does appear that I'll be quite busy and making up for some lost time here on re-entry.

General manager Jerry Reese, who has been in the dark about when all of this could unfold for several months, has used the term "ready to pounce" in many interviews since the spring. Well, it now appears to be pouncin' time. So what is on the Giants' to-do list today?

My guess is the first order of business is to cut ties with Tiki Barber. No reason to have him dangling.

After that, the most important thing will be to sign as many quality undrafted free agents as possible. Because of the frenzy of training camp this year and the expanded rosters available to teams, there will have to be plenty of bodies on hand. Of course, all of the other teams will be looking for fits, too.

Next would be to negotiatie with the free agents who the Giants want back and notif any players on the roster who they can do without. Those decisions have undoubtedly already been made.

There's already been a report of rumblings -- which isn't really a report -- that the Giants could part ways with Osi Umenyiora. That wouldn't be much of a surprise, although they'd at least get something back for him if he were to be traded and not released. A few others who might be coming back to find out they're not really coming back include Shawn Andrews and maybe even Shaun O'Hara. It would be interesting for the Giants if the two biggest players in the labor negotiations -- plaintiff Umenyiora and team rep O'Hara -- were gone by the end of the first day of league activity that they helped to bring about.

I should also point out that there's a report from Atlanta that LB Stephen Nicholas will wind up with the Giants, likely as a replacement for Keith Bulluck at outside linebacker. Interestingly it was Nicholas who helped make Michael Boley expendable in Atlanta and allowed him to come to the Giants two years ago. But that has to do with unrestritced free agents from other teams, and the Giants won't get to that part of their pouncin' plan for, oh, at least a few more hours.



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