Sintim and Beatty In
First-round wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is now the only Giants draft pick without a contract, as the team just announced the signing of second-round linebacker Clint Sintim and second-round tackle Will Beatty.
As Nicks’ agent, Peter Schaffer put it, “Still grinding away.” So there’s still a good possibility the Giants will have all present and accounted for when they report to the University at Albany Sunday. Beatty had been close for a day or two.
No terms of the deals as yet, but figure Sintim for four years at around $14 million and Beatty at four years, $13 million, based on other draftees who have signed around them. The biggest test for these guys is whether they’ll stand up in the early going, as both Sintim and Beatty missed time in minicamp with hamstring pulls.
The Giants waived WR Micah Rucker and, most notably for our area, former North Rockland star and Miami Dolphin’s seventh-rounder (2007) linebacker Kelvin Smith. Smith had been working his way back from reconstructive knee surgery that knocked him out all last season. Hopefully he showed enough during minicamp to get another team interested.
Have to say, as a rookie camp tryout, he was a longshot to make it as far as training camp. That he made it this far means the Giants must have seen at least a good work ethic.
“They told him it was a number game, but they really liked him,” Smith’s agent Neil Schwartz said. “He’s disappointed. He was really looking forward to putting the pads on and showing them what he could do, proving he was totally healthy.”