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The Giants of New York: June's, Davis' and Porter's Oh My!

Posted Mar 2nd 2007 7:34PM by Dan Benton

Filed under: NY Giants, NFC East, NFL Rumors, New York, NFL Free Agency


cato-june-247.jpgForget Christmas, this is the best time of year and it keeps getting better! It's now been announced that both Cato June and Leonard Davis will be visiting the Giants. Davis is scheduled to meet with the Giants tomorrow while a date for June has not yet been given.


There was some talk that Davis may not be interested in the Giants for various reasons. I mentioned a few weeks ago that Tiki Barber's negative comments may hurt the Giants during free agency and now that seems to be an accurate assessment.


John Clayton reported on ESPN [TV] that June would be visiting with the Giants shortly and that they are the favorite to land him. He said that a deal is expected to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $4-$5 million per year but did not list a number of years. I know a lot of fans are down on June and think he's to undersized to play in New York but I disagree. What he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed. With a little work and discipline he'd fit right in with the Giants.


Other Notes:


Mike Garafolo of the Star Ledger reports that the Giants are interested in Joey Porter. Porter's agent has said that the Giants have contacted him but no meeting has been scheduled yet. Porter will take the weekend to decide where "he wants to go."

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maybe its a good thing we didnt go after June?


Cato June's a goner, and more newsBy BigBlueShoe Section: Colts News

Posted on Tue Mar 06, 2007 at 09:08:00 AM EST



catojune.jpgPhoto: NFL.com With Rob Morris re-signed, and with the rumors I'm hearing that soon Dwight Freeney will get a long-term contract, I think it is fair to say that Cato June, the Colts leading tackler and first Pro Bowl linebacker since Duane Bickett, is a goner. He ain't coming back to Indy next year. So, this is a bit of an ode to Cato, along with a few other things thrown in.


Back in November, I threw Cato under the bus because... well, he deserved it. For a Pro Bowl caliber linebacker, Cato June was horrible in 2006. He was a big reason Jacksonville ran for over 375 yards on the Colts in that November game. Cato whiffed on tackle after tackle after tackle. On one of Maurice Jones-Drew's 40 yard TD runs (Remember, he had SEVERAL of them) Cato June had Jones-Drew wrapped up only to let him slip right out of the tackle and into the endzone. Whiffed tackles, bad angles, and generally uninspired play were the MO of Cato June all season. In many ways, it over-shadowed the amazing season he had in 2005, where he totaled 102 tackles in 13 games and had 5 interceptions, returning two of them for TDs. Oh, and he played the whole 2005 season with a sports hernia. Again, he's a linebacker. He runs into people. Hard. He did this with a sports hernia. Never question Cato's toughness. Ever.


In 2006, his numbers were very good (142 tackles, 3 INTs, 2 FF) but it's a clear example of numbers masking on-the-field production. Cato has said he wants to return to Indy, but I doubt Polian is going to give him the money he wants. If Cato comes back, it's because he REALLY wants to play in Indy, and he'll take a paycut. That's doubtful, and understandably so.


Replacing Cato will not be easy, though many think Freddie Keiaho, the second-year LBer who played so well in spots last season, could step in at WILL. Another possibility, and please don't laugh at this, is Gilbert Gardner.


Yes, I know, Gilbert sucks and was benched for Rob Morris and was called out by Ron Meeks... I know this. I cheered when Gilbert got benched. It was long overdue. The only person that whiffed more than Cato last season was Gilbert. Remember all those times players insisted, "It's not the system that's the problem. Players need to be in the right place at the right time." They were talking about Gilbert. But I have a theory on this.


Gilbert played SAM last season, and sucked. However, in 2005, Gilbert played WILL (June's position) when Cato was hurt, and he played very well. In the Jacksonville game in 2005, where the Colts clinched the AFC South and homefield, Gilbert Gardner was a beast. He played very well at WILL filling in for Cato in 2005, which is why I felt going into 2006 he'd be fine at SAM. Per usual, I was wrong. So, one possibility is having Gilbert start at WILL, Gary at MIKE, and perhaps Freddie at SAM, or maybe draft someone like Jon Pearson to play SAM. It's a thought.


Finally, one additional rumor I'm hearing is Montae Reagor's days as a Colt are NOT over. They cut Montae because he was due $1.5 million, and cutting him saved a bunch of cap space. The Colts may re-sign Montae to a lower cap number if he is cleared by doctors to play. So, we may well see Montae play again as a Colt. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Montae is a good guy and a fine team leader. The Colts will need him next year. As for Corey Simon, the Colts cannot cut him until his grievance against them is settled or determined. After that, I think the Colts will cut him. Not specific information on that. Just a hunch.

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