By signing Mark Glowinski and Jon Feliciano, the New York Giants made the first of what many expect to be a number of moves on the offensive line this offseason.
On Monday, at the start of free agency, New York Giants general manager Joe Schoen struck a deal with the former Indianapolis Colts guard Mark Glowinski. The deal is reportedly a three-year agreement, with $11.4 million of the $20 million guaranteed.
Glowinski began his career in Seattle after being picked in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Unfortunately for him, he struggled to find any footing with the Seahawks, resulting in the team waiving him before his rookie deal even concluded.
Colts GM Chris Ballard claimed Glowinski off waivers and it proved to be a shrewd move. Glowinski seized the starting role at right guard midway through the 2018 season and never looked back. This resulted in a contract extension that tied him to the team for three seasons.
Glowinski was a stalwart on the line during his first two full seasons as a starter. In 2021, he began sharing snaps with Chris Reed due to struggles in pass protection. In total, he started 55 games across four seasons.
According to PFF, Glowinski ranked 34th in pass block win rate but 11th in run block win rate. He is not a perfect player, but for a team that desperately needs stability on the offensive line, he is a perfect fit.
New York Giants Add Jon Feliciano
That wasn’t the only move the team made on Monday. Free agent Jon Feliciano elected to join his former Bills counterparts, Schoen and Brian Daboll, with the Giants. Feliciano played guard during his time in Buffalo. That is, when he was healthy enough to see the field.
What Glowinski provides in terms of availability, Feliciano sorely lacks. He has only started 15 games in the past two seasons. Feliciano brings the type of edge that can ignite an entire unit, though. When he is on the field, he’s always going to give 100% and that’s EXACTLY the type of spark plug they need.
The deal is only a one-year commitment. It is expected that Feliciano is going to take over as the starting center in New York, at least until Nick Gates recovers fully from his injury. This gives the team the flexibility to add a center in the draft, or to wait until next year and use their assets elsewhere this offseason.
The interior of the offensive line is much better today for the New York Giants than it was yesterday with the addition of Glowinski and Feliciano. It’s not everything, but it’s a start.