MIAMI: So what exactly happened to the Giants?
"I can't tell you," Weston Richburg said to The Post from the 49ers Team Hotel this week. "I don't know. It's what it is. The NFL business, everyone's moving and I've landed here and we're in the Super Bowl, which is great. I really enjoy it here. I have great teammates, really great Trainer, it has been a lot of fun so far. "
Yes, Richburg doesn't exactly miss the Giants and the losers.
It should have been an integral part of the Big Blue offensive for a decade – included in the second round of the 2014 draft, trapped in the first rounds by Justin Pugh the year before and Ereck Flowers the year after. No, the giants have not ignored their need to rebuild their line of attack. They just didn't do it right, which is why Pugh ended up at the Cardinals and played Flowers for the Redskins.
Richburg sits prettier than any trio. His contract expired after four years and he signed a five-year contract for $ 47.5 million with the 49ers. He started 15 games last season and the first 13 this season before suffering a torn patella tendon that required surgery, ended his season, and prevented him from participating in the Super Bowl 2020.
The 28-year-old Richburg played 47 games in the Giants in the first three years, but it got difficult in 2017. He started the first four games and suffered a concussion. Brett Jones was used as a starter, and Ben McAdoo's coaching staff believed he had improved the level of play in the middle. When Richburg was ready to return, he would serve Jones as a backup. Richburg never came back on the pitch and some in the organization believed he had stayed away from the downgrading. A source said Richburg was disappointed with the giants, but he didn't go there.
"There was a lot going on there," said Richburg. "As I said, I'm here in a new place that I really enjoy and I'm grateful that they gave me a chance. That's the business. Sometimes they don't want to pay someone and they move on and go somewhere, where you want to use your skills, and that's exactly what happened in my situation. I'm happy with it. "
Just like that, the three young Giants players who were won with valuable draft capital disappeared.
"Yes, I thought we had some good players," said Richburg. "I thought we played a good ball. Justin is in Arizona, I'm here now. That's how things go. "
"If you stay in one place, you are somehow surrounded by it. I had to go to a completely different side of the country and experience a new place, a new area, completely new coaches. It was really cool."
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