Giants’ Free Agency Update: Not Much Left to Do
John Fennelly , Lead Writer
The Giants have a few bucks left to spend in free agency, but whether or not they’ll use it remains to be seen. If they do decide to bring other players in, they will have to agree to play for the league minimum – or close to it.
Giants’ UFAs still unsigned: K Lawrence Tynes, WR Ramses Barden. DL Rocky Bernard, TE Travis Beckum, CB Bruce Johnson, OL Sean Locklear, DB Justin Tryon
Fennelly: I don’t expect to see any of these players in a Giant uniform ever again. They have a ton of DLs now and on the OL, they believe they have enough going into the draft after re-signing Will Beatty and Kevin Boothe. The only player we may see back is Tynes, but that would be only if the Josh Brown/David Buehler competition went completely awry.
The top UFAs left on the market in spots where the Giants may need some veteran help….
RB: Ahmad Bradshaw, Beanie Wells, Cedric Benson, Bernard Scott, Michael Turner, Felix Jones, Peyton Hillis, Brandon Jacobs, Rashad Jennings, La’Rod Stephens-Howling, Javon Ringer, Tim Hightower, Kevin Smith
Fennelly: They could use another veteran RB in the backfield. From the above group, take your pick. Bradshaw will probably sign elsewhere. Hightower was here and left without a contract. Not sure how much gas is left in Turner’s tank. A reunion with Jacobs would be interesting, but is unlikely.
WR: Brandon Lloyd, Julian Edelman, Laurent Robinson, Randy Moss, Braylon Edwards, Austin Collie, Josh Cribbs, Jabar Gaffney, Brandon Stokley, Steve Breaston
Fennelly: The Giants still have interest in Edelman, but he left this week without a contract. Stokley has been here before. They like him, but he’s getting up in age. Not sure if any of the others would play for the minimum. The Giants are well-stocked at WR, so I really don’t see them making a move outside of Edelman here.
OT: Andre Smith, Eric Winston, Tyson Clabo, Jared Gaither, Ryan Harris, Winston Justice, Chad Clifton, Bryant McKinnie, Max Starks
Fennelly: Forget it. Maybe after the draft. None of these guys fit either the pay scale or the strategy.
ILB: Karlos Dansby, Brian Urlacher, Tim Dobbins, Rolando McClain, Bart Scott, Bradie James, Larry Grant, Takeo Spikes, Keith Brooking
Fennelly: Dansby will not play for the minimum, so scratch him off. Urlacher’s skills have diminished to the point where he won’t be much of a help to the Giants. McClain could interest Jerry Reese, but they haven’t made any overtures as of yet. He’s only 23 and -as we have said- a change of scenery could be just what he needs to fulfill his potential, but he has baggage the Giants may not be able to get past (READ).