Center still on Giants’ FA “to do” list?

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

The Giants lost out on free agent center Evan Dietrich-Smith, who signed with Tampa Bay yesterday, but they may have another center in their sights: Tampa’s Jeremy Zuttah.

CBS Sports’ NFL reporter Jason LaCanfora is suggesting the Giants as a natural landing spot for Zuttah, a 6’4″, 308lb product out of Rutgers. The Giants have done well with Rutgers centers in the past (Shaun O’Hara). Zuttah is also only 27, which fits their current free agency philosophy to get younger.

From Rotoworld:

Zuttah’s roster spot is in danger following the signing of Evan Dietrich-Smith. The Bucs are considering keeping Zuttah and moving him to guard, but can clear his entire $4.5 million cap hit without any dead money if they choose to release him. The Giants currently have just J.D. Walton and free-agent Kevin Boothe as candidates for their starting center job.

Not sure the Giants will be willing to assume Zuttah’s salary and cap number. There are a few options remaining for them at center in free agency. Brian De La Puente is still available and is a better player who could be signed for the same money, or less. Then, there is an outside chance the Giants could make a play for Cleveland’s Alex Mack, who was transitioned by the Browns last week.

According to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com, Mack’s agents are planning on making it difficult for the Browns to retain the 28 year-old center, who is considered the top free agent remaining on the market. Wesseling reports that four teams are interested in Mack, two of them being the Colts and Ravens. The other two teams are unknown. Could the Giants be one?



UPDATE: 2:30pm: Dan Graziano of ESPN NewYork commented on the Giants’ plans at center in his Saturday dispatch:

“The New York Giants’ plan at center appears to be an economy plan. They signed young J.D. Walton, who started for the Broncos in 2010 and 2011 but hasn’t played since early 2012 due to injury. They hope he can develop quickly, if not instantly, into their starting center. In case he can’t, I believe they are talking to Kevin Boothe about a return. I also heard the name of former Patriots center Ryan Wendell earlier in the week, but he may have been a backup plan to Walton.”




12 comments
Arthur Whitehead
Arthur Whitehead

Alex Mack would cost more but would also pay greater dividends.Negotiate a heart to heart with Eli about earnings and see if he would take a little less for the greater good.

Arthur Whitehead
Arthur Whitehead

Its true Alex Mack would be the most expensive but also the one that would pay the highest dividends. Maybe have a heat to heart with Eli about salary, might he take a little less for a greater good?.

chasesimms
chasesimms

With all the talk about fixing the offense, I can't stop thinking about the fact that the Giants win Super Bowls with pass rushing, dominate DEE - FENCE!  


And the Seahawks beat up on the best offense.  



chasesimms
chasesimms

Considering how bad they were last season, I would hope the entire O-line is still on the "to do list".   


Don't stop now Giants!  Also, I'm not convinced that we're good at RB yet either. 

Michael Frias
Michael Frias

I'd really like to see them retain Boothe, simply because h can ply 3 spots on the line.  His versatility has been very important to the Giants line the past few seasons.


That being said, I don't know how comfortable I'd be if he was the starting C for the whole season

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Mack would be a large investment for the Giants if they were interested in him. I don't see that being the case. De La Puente still looks like the front runner for the Giants. The Draft does have some good centers available, but not any worthy of 1st round consideration. Not sure the Giants would by pass a center in free agency and draft one to anchor the OL at the NFL level. Still think they should re-sign Kevin Booth if all else fails as he can play multiple positions (center and guard) on the OL.  Unless the money is too much, De La Puente will be in Giant blue

mcfly
mcfly

I don't think money is the problem, it's the two 1st round picks. You never trade multiple 1st round picks unless it's for a franchise QB.

cole3244
cole3244

@chasesimms o sells tickets and d wins champ, both sb were won with great d and great catches by wide receivers one on a ball that should have never been thrown and could possibly be the most amazing catch in a sb ever, but why give that player any credit when the qb gets all the recognition no matter what.

Skookaloop
Skookaloop

@chasesimms  

Both SB where won with 4thQ, Touchdown Drives,

Engineered by OC Killdrive & ELI...

Yes, the SB with Spags, the Pass Rush was Awesome,

with FeWell,  not so Good....

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@chasesimms You make a good point...I think the Giants basic philosophy should be rebuild both the OL and DL and then fill in needed parts after. In the NFL (any era) control the line of scrimmage and you control the time of possession; which often translate to wins.

spider43
spider43

@Michael Frias  .... That's exactly the reason I don't want Boothe back. He's a better Guard than Center. I'd rather have DLP. I think Mack is just a pipe dream to Giants fans. I'd love to have him, but the Giants simply can't afford him without some more restructuring of other players. And for sure, Coughlin will NOT start a rookie center. Not happening.