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Kevin Abrams is much more than Giants’ salary cap guy

New York Giants assistant general manager Kevin Abrams is really just the team’s cap guy, right? Wrong.

During a recent appearance on “Breaking Big Blue with Jordan Raanan,” Abrams shattered the notion that he merely handles the dollars and cents in East Rutherford. In fact, Abrams plays a much larger role for the Giants than anyone — including the team’s beat — realized.

For the past decade and a half, the salary cap hasn’t really been Abrams’ bread and butter. Rather, he and the team have handed those duties off to Matt Harris (currently director of football administration with the Arizona Cardinals), Martin Mayhew (currently general manager of the Washington Football Team) and, more recently, Ed Triggs, who serves as the director of football operations for the Giants.

“The truth is, for the last 15 years, Matt Harris, Martin Mayhew and Triggs have been our cap guys more so than I have. I might be over the shoulder a little bit or might have some direction,” Abrams said. “Ultimately, I suppose the buck rests with me and then Ernie [Accorsi], Jerry [Reese] or Dave [Gettleman], whoever the GM is. But we’ve empowered other people to really manage our day-to-day salary cap and our contract structures and to some extent our negotiation positions. Although that’s sort of when myself and our personnel people and the GMs will get more involved. But I haven’t really been our cap guy in a while.”

Abrams says the salary cap doesn’t really require much oversight anymore and that Triggs is better at managing it than he ever was. He felt Harris and Mayhew were as well.

So, what does Abrams do? A lot of everything, as it turns out. That includes taking part in the head coaching searches. He was present during interviews with multiple candidates, including Pat Shurmur prior to his hiring and Joe Judge prior to his hiring.

“My involvement is whatever it is that I’m asked to contribute,” Abrams said. “I just follow the lead of my bosses. If Dave says go look at the quarterbacks, I go look at the quarterbacks. If John Mara asks me to sit in on coaching interviews, then I am going to sit in on the coaching interviews and contribute the best I can.”

Although Abrams has interviewed for three vacant GM jobs (including two with the Giants) and does have aspirations of taking on that role some day, he believes his current position is better than most GM jobs across the league.

“I’m also in a position where I think the job I have now is better than a lot of general manager jobs in the league, very honestly,” Abrams said. “It’s who I work for, who I work with and where I get to work. I’m in the best city in the world, I’m working for the greatest ownership in professional sports and I’m with people that I’ve either worked with forever or that I’ve had a hand in bringing on board and have a tremendous amount of respect for.

“There’s not a day I don’t go into the Giants and I’m not reminded of how fortunate I am to be doing what I’m doing, who I am doing it with and where I’m doing it.”

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