Dalvin Tomlinson New York Giants DT

Dalvin Tomlinson is the Giants’ Secret Weapon in the Trenches.

  • Dalvin Tomlinson
  • Defensive Tackle
  • DT
  • Giants
  • IDL
  • Interior Defensive Lineman
  • New York Giants
  • NFC
  • NFC East
  • NFL
  • Nose Tackle
  • NT
  • NYG
By Luke Krumich February 18, 2021 5 Comment
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During this offseason, the New York Giants main focus talking points have been centered around the NFL Draft and Leonard Williams. But there is another defensive lineman on the roster who deserves a pay-day and is vital to the success of Patrick Graham’s defense: Dalvin Tomlinson.

A leader on and off the field

Tomlinson, the fourth-year Alabama product, had a great year moving over to nose tackle (NT). He recorded 49 total tackles, 3.5 sacks (third among all NTs) and four batted passes (highest among NTs). The pressure that Tomlinson generates up the middle is unprecedented from his position. Throughout his career, he has only two penalties.

Tomlinson, considered a leader by his coaches and peers led to him being nominated by his team for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award. This shows how elite Tomlinson is, on and off the field, at a position that is going extinct in today’s NFL.

What will it cost to keep Tomlinson in New York?

Financially, if the Giants wish to keep Dalvin Tomlinson, changes will need to be made. There are many contracts that the Giants can get off the books (or restructure) to make this work. Some players the Giants could cut to keep Tomlinson include Levine Toilolo (a savings of approximately $2 million), Golden Tate ($6 million), and Nate Solder ($12 million).

This would total approximately $20 million in savings. Assuming the Giants intend to use the savings to sign Tomlinson, their market value would likely be in the $12-16M/year range. These moves would keep their defensive core intact for years to come while opening up some flexibility.

Final Case for Keeping Tomlinson in Blue

Most people undervalue Tomlinson because he is not a highlight-reel player. Players at his position do all the dirty work with none of the praise. This year, Tomlinson was in the trenches, fighting on 67% of the defensive downs. As a nominee for The Walter Payton Man of The Year, he is clearly a leader off the field. On the field, he was a captain for the defense. Hopefully, the Giants lock him up and he can help catapult this team to the next level.

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Writer for Giants Brawl and the NFL Draft. I'm a Jersey kid looking for a way to the Reese's Senior Bowl.



Tracey Tortora

February 23, 2021

Great article Luke!


Andrea Trematore

February 22, 2021

Very interesting article!


Elaine Murgolo

February 22, 2021

Excellent story. I enjoyed reading about someone who is deserving of more.


Susan Merandino

February 22, 2021

This is a great article. It hits the nail on the head. The Giants need to do whatever it takes to keep Tomlinson and players like him in Blue and in NJ!



February 18, 2021

It’s good to have players who are good men on and off the field.

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