3 things to know about the New York Giants’ new offensive lineman
Joe Schoen and the Giants made their first significant free agency signing on Monday night when they agreed to terms with former Colts offensive lineman Mark Glowinski.
The deal is for a three-year term worth up to $20 million with $11.4 million fully guaranteed, someone with knowledge of the deal confirmed to NorthJersey.com and USA TODAY Network, as reported for the first time by ESPN.
Here are three things to know about Glowinski, 29, a former Seahawks fourth-round pick:
Glowinski has been a starter up front and a key cog for the Colts for the past three years. Indianapolis is one of the best units in the league, especially on the field by leading the way for star running back Jonathan Taylor. The Colts claimed the 6-foot-4, 311-pound waivers in 2017, and he’s given them their money’s worth ever since, earning an extension two years later.
Glowinski’s 70.1 Pro Football Focus rating ranked 21st out of 80 eligible guards last season, a far cry from the ratings the Giants have been earning on their line for years now. Those ratings aren’t the end, of course, but in some ways it says a lot about the respect Glowinski has earned league-wide on a line that’s been hailed since the time Quenton Nelson arrived for play left guard. in 2018.
Glowinski is a more accomplished run blocker than he is in pass protection, but no slouch in the latter category either.
Expect Glowinski to slide into right guard, and he’s an immediate upgrade after the failed experiment of moving Will Hernandez there last season. The Giants could never do anything on the right side, and with Andrew Thomas at left tackle and Glowinski at right guard, it’s a marked improvement. That should allow Schoen to focus on the other three spots in free agency and the NFL Draft.
The Giants really have no choice but to operate in a “very calculated” fashion this year, given the financial and salary mess Schoen has been forced to clean up as the cost of doing business within a organization that once again pressed the reset button.
Schoen has been focused on getting the roster back on track as best he can, with the goal of meeting the estimated $40 million goal he wants to have available to continue the rebuild.
They made a strong move to bring in Glowinski, and given his production in Indianapolis, that’s potentially a valuable signing as well.
Art Stapleton is the Giants beats writer for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Giants analysis, news, deals and more, please sign up today and sign up for our NFC East newsletter.