Thursday, February 24, 2011
Updated: February 25, 5:38 PM ET
CEO starts Tom Coughlin contract talk
By Ohm Youngmisuk
INDIANAPOLIS -- New York Giants CEO John Mara said he has had some preliminary talks with Tom Coughlin's agent concerning the head coach's contract.
Coughlin is entering the final year of his contract, but Mara has said that Coughlin will return as head coach. Mara says the team has not entered serious talks yet concerning Coughlin's contract but plans on doing so in the future.
"I've had one or two very casual conversations with his agent but we haven't gotten into serious negotiations yet," Mara said. "I just haven't had the time to do that. But that I expect to happen sooner rather than later."
Mara said the potential work stoppage has nothing to do with contract talks with Coughlin, whose team won 10 games but missed the playoffs for the second straight year.
"Completely unrelated other than I have been involved in negotiations and traveling a lot," Mara said. "But that will get done at some point, that is not a real issue."
Mara also said the organization will not cut any salaries or institute any unpaid furloughs for its employees.
"We met with our entire staff, both football and non-football a little over a week ago, and I told them that we were not planning any layoffs, any salary cuts, any furloughs," Mara said.
Mara said there will be a hiring freeze and a salary freeze "for the moment," and it will be revisited at a later date.
Mara doesn't see the team using its franchise tag on any of its players by the Thursday deadline.
Key players like Ahmad Bradshaw, Steve Smith, Mathias Kiwanuka, Barry Cofield and Kevin Boss have expiring contracts. General manager Jerry Reese has said he will not deal with free agents until a new collective bargaining agreement is reached.
Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.