As part of the partnership between the New York Giants and Yieldstreet, we wanted to take a step back and dive deep into some recent Giants history. When building a portfolio, it’s important to see what assets and investments are performing above expectation, so we thought it’d make sense to look back at some of the most valuable seasons in the team’s history.
How are we defining that? With the help of Spotrac, we used their “True Value” metric to evaluate a few of the best performances relative to contract value. Valuations only date back to 2014, which limits some of the way we define value overall, but nevertheless, here are some of the top value seasons for the Giants:
Andrew Thomas, LT
2022 (98.61* – season incomplete)
Kicking off the list is a former 1st round draft pick who is coming into his own during his second season in the league. Andrew Thomas is already having an incredibly valuable season currently registering a (98.61) as of 9/26 at the left tackle position. He’s recently been cited as logging some of the best performances at the tackle position league-wide – part of the reason the Giants drafted him 4th overall a season ago – and is logging these performances while on a rookie contract.
The top 5 Giants “True Value” scores since 2014:
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, CB
The Giants 2016 defense was a special one, with several contributors from the squad making this. However Rogers-Cromartie, who signed with the giants a year prior for $11M annual contract, performed phenomenally while logging a pro-bowl season at cornerback and ranked at a 98.18. In what ended up being a pro-bowl season for the cornerback, it’s impressive that Rodgers-Cromartie was able to provide so much value on top of a non-rookie contract.
Weston Richburg, C
The next contract on the list that provided surplus value for the giants is another offensive lineman that the Giants had drafted, but this time back in 2014. Weston Richburg was drafted and due to injuries, ended up starting his rookie season in 2014 between right and left guard, playing at about a league average clip. However, in his second season he was able to move back to his natural position of center, where he was graded the #2 overall Center according to PFF. To find top tier NFL talent on a rookie contract is something the front office should be proud of.
Damon “Snacks” Harrison, DT
2016 (95.26); 2017 (93.15)
One of the few individuals with multiple Giants seasons ranking above 90+ in value, Damon Harrison was one of the most consistent and valuable defensive tackles in the NFL. And in 2016 and 2017, he produced two of the most valuable seasons in Giants recent history, earning an All-Pro designation in 2016. Perhaps even more impressive, Harrison provided this value on top of a $9.25M/year deal he had signed with the team in 2015, after an impressive start to his career with the cross-town rival New York Jets.
Landon Collins, S
2016 (99.75); 2017 (95.13)
Another one of the highest value season performances come from none other than the Giants 2015 draft pick, Safety Landon Collins. Not only was Collins electric, getting selected to three pro-bowls as well as an all-pro team in 2017, he did so on a rookie contract.
The Giants Safety in 2016-17 was electric, and additionally one of the best values for the team overall. His production anchoring the defense, in addition to being on a solid contract, allowed him to be one of the two incredible defensive presences.
Odell Beckham Jr.
2014 (99.17); 2015 (97.81); 2016 (98.58)
Could it be anyone else? One of the most electrifying players in a Giants uniform was also one of the best value contracts – and the only giant who made the list multiple times. It should come as no surprise that in addition to his incredible on-field performances, the Giants were able to benefit from tenuring him during his Rookie contract. For multiple years – before his initial extension kicked in in early 2017 – OBJ was one of the best values in the NFL.
What’s the major takeaway from the above contracts? While a key note is that value can be found in rookie contracts, great front offices are key at recognizing opportunities of how and where to find talent. If you too are curious about getting more potential value out of your portfolio and greater potential diversification in the event of a market downturn, consider alternative investments on Yieldstreet.
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