NFL Free Agency: Where Should the Giants Go Next?
John Fennelly , Lead Writer
The Giants have made their moves, it seems, in free agency. Some touching-up is still needed as the Giants still have several areas they need to address.
Keep in mind, the Giants have targeting players they can sign at the league minimum for one season at positions where they recently lost veterans. The only exception being DT Cullen Jenkins, who signed a three-year deal.
Jenkins replaces Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard. Canty signed his own three-year deal with Baltimore and Bernard is not expected back.
Here is a quick look at what the Giants might do next in free agency, if anything….
Backup QB: Nothing. They just re-signed David Carr to one-year deal and have Curtis Painter in the fold as well.
RB: Not much. With David Wilson, Andre Brown, Da’Rel Scott and Ryan Torain under contract, it doesn’t seem likely they’ll be bringing anyone else in, or back, such as Ahmad Bradshaw.
TE: The team has three TEs: Brandon Myers, Adrien Robinson and Bear Pascoe. I can’t see the Giants carrying four TEs this season. So that means they may not even draft one….
WR: Louis Murphy fills the void (if you can call it that) left by the departure of Ramses Barden and Domenik Hixon. The team may bring one of these two back during the summer if they are still unsigned.
K: Josh Brown and David Buehler were signed to compete for the job after Lawrence Tynes priced himself out of the Giants’ range. No further moves here for the moment.
OT: Will Beatty was re-signed to a five-year deal and David Diehl is willing to restructure or take a cut to stay. Their other in-house candidates (James Brewer, Brandon Mosley, Matt McCants, Levy Adcock) are all unproven, but the Giants like their prospects. It is possible a UFA falls to them cheap, like Sean Locklear did last season. Locklear is still unsigned, btw. As are Eric Winston and Andre Smith. They will probably be too expensive, however, so expect the team to look to invite a vet or two such as Locklear to camp.
OL: David Baas and Jim Cordle give the Giants depth at center, but they need some help at guard. RG will be manned by Chris Snee, who is rehabbing from offseason hip surgery. Tom Coughlin has mentioned he likes some of players they have been developing (Stephen Goodin was one) but it’s clear they want to upgrade here. LG is where the rub is. Kevin Boothe, last year’s starter, is still unsigned. The Giants would like him back, specifically, and he has not had any offers from other teams as of yet. There are other options out there (they took a look at the Jets’ Matt Slasuon), but it’s clear they are waiting for Boothe, whose price is dropping by the day.
DE: It’s all about Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul. They must return to form. The team may not wait for that to happen. It is a good possibility the Giants use their first round pick on a DE, and there should be plenty to choose from (insert your choice here). Until then, they could add to the group of Adewale Ojomo, Adrian Tracy, Justin Trattou and Matt Broha with a Dave Tollefson or another player willing to take the minimum.
DL: The interior is where the team really needs to concentrate this offseason. The Giants have brought in Jenkins – a player they are excited about – but he is not the run-stuffer they truly needed. They are banking on a group that consists of veteran Shaun Rogers, Linval Joseph, Markus Kuhn and (wait for it) Marvin Austin. I can see the team looking to solve this through the draft at this point.
MLB: Dan Connor was signed to compete with Mark Herzlich. End of story. I don’t expect the Giants to draft Manti Te’o, nor does it seem likely that the team will bring in a Karlos Dansby or Brian Urlacher.
OLB: If you believe that Spencer Paysinger, Mathias Kiwanuka and Jacquian Williams are the answer, than that’s it. Keith Rivers was re-signed so he makes four. How many LBs do you want? The solution could come easily if the Giants draft Georgia’s Alec Ogletree. He could play on the outside and Kiwanuka can return to DE where he belongs.
CB: Right now, you have Corey Webster, Prince Amukamara, Aaron Ross, Terrell Thomas and Jayron Hosely. On paper, you think you might be able to live with them. On the field, however, you’re gonna die with them. They need serious help here. They already play three safety sets more than they should. If they get some decent outside coverage, they won’t need three safeties, which is one of the reasons they are so poor vs the run. Brent Grimes will probably be out of their price range, but some others may come cheaper: Antoine Winfield, DeAngelo Hall or Sheldon Brown. The team will most likely use a draft pick or two here.
S: Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown, Will Hill, Ryan Mundy and Tyler Sash. I’m sure there are players they could bring in to help here, but the feeling is they’re prepared to go with this group.