Giants LG Justin Pugh eying big contract

Pugh is entering his contract year in 2017. PFF premium stats show that he's been one of the top performers at his position.

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Giants LG Justin Pugh eying big contract

  • Giants left guard Justin Pugh said he has “noticed” the money paid to interior linemen this offseason and believes he is “sitting in the driver’s seat“ for a major payday himself.
  • He has enjoyed a good career to date, grading above 80.0 in his two seasons at guard after a solid first two seasons at right tackle, grading above 75.0 both years.
  • Pugh’s pass-blocking efficiency has steadily increased from his rookie year, posting scores of 93.4, 95.7, and 97.5 from 2013 to 2015. He was on course to improve again in 2016, earning a score of 97.7 (ninth among guards) in a strong start to the season before being injured in Week 9 (he ended with a score of 96.6 for the year).
  • In both of his two seasons on the interior, Pugh has ranked in the top 10 in fewest total pressures allowed among guards with at least 350 pass-block snaps.
  • Pugh has also produced in the run game, ranking as the seventh-best run-blocking guard in 2015 with a grade of 85.8.
  • Pugh earned a higher PFF grade than both Ronald Leary (80.4) and Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (78.4) in 2016, who received lucrative contracts of $9 million and $8.25 million per year, respectively, this offseason.

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  • McGeorge

    Teams should negotiate with their good young players before their contracts are up.
    By the Giants extending him, they have no leverage and nothing to offer as an incentive (other than money) after his contract is up.
    The Giants will have to pay near full free agent price to keep him. You don’t win doing that, with the exception of QB.