The New York Giants had one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL this past season, which is a surprise given how well it had usually played in the past. The failure of Eli Manning was largely placed on the offensive line, and that meant some big changes might happen in the offseason.
One thing the Giants were going to watch was how many of their aged offensive linemen ended up calling it a career this offseason and the first domino has fallen. According to Newark Star-Ledger, Pro Bowler David Diehl is expected to announce his retirement in the next few days.
Diehl is one of the many contracts the Giants need to decide whether or not to bring back in 2014, and all indications appear to be that they won’t be re-signing Diehl. Given that he doesn’t wish to play for any other team in the NFL, the offensive lineman’s retirement seems to be imminent.
With Diehl retiring, the Giants still have questions on the line they need to address. It’s going to be a long offseason of rebuilding for New York and the retirement of Diehl means that the Giants must now fill his shoes for 2014 and decide how much of a priority offensive linemen will be in the draft and upcoming free agency.