Giants, Reese hoping to get a jump on restocking roster

John Fennelly, Lead Writer

After tomorrow’s game, the football talk will switch over the draft and free agency, and the Giants will be active this offseason if not out of choice but of necessity. They have a ton of expiring contracts and lots of choices to make within the walls of QDTC before even turning their focus outward.

GM Jerry Reese said the other night he will be looking to get some players under contract before free agency begins March 11th.

“This is going to be a saturated free-agent market again it looks like. We might be able to get a few guys done before the regular free agency starts,” Reese said as per the Star Ledger. “But we’re still evaluating players and free agents and seeing where our cap situation is going to be. So, we’ll work it out.”

One of those players appears to be S Stevie Brown, who missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL. Brown told Dan Salomone of Giants.com last month that he would “love to return” to the Giants next season.

“It’s a great team,” he said. “It’s a great organization, great people around here all the time, great fan base — everything like that. So it’s definitely a place I want to be. It’s just now we’ve got to talk to everybody upstairs [in the front office] and see where it goes from there.”

Other players Reese could seek to bring back early are RB Andre Brown and LB Jon Beason. Both have expressed their desire to return. Brown’s value has diminished, coming off another injury-shortened season.

Beason, for all the value he brought after coming over via a trade, cost the Giants just a seventh-round draft pick but the team is planning on keeping him around. Beason wants to stay here, but with the Giants having so many holes to fill this offseason (about half the roster), he’s wondering where he stands in the pecking order.

“I hope everything works out,” Beason recently told Giants.com. “Obviously you never know what’s going to happen in the offseason. This is new for me being a free agent, but the stage is set. I want to be here.”

DE Justin Tuck is set to test the free agent waters and will meet with the Giants this month to get a baseline on his expectations. Reese would like Tuck to return to the Giants but Reese said he will take the temperature of the market to gauge what Tuck is worth.

“Justin and I have talked a little bit about it. I think guys deserve to go out and see what the market is when you reach free agency,” Reese said. “It’s hard to reach free agency. When you have a chance to get there, you deserve to see what the market is. He deserves to see what the market is.”

8 comments
cole3244
cole3244

i hope tc's influence is disappearing and reese makes all the decisions based on talent and not personalities.

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

I love how people are like "sign Albert and Tate and like 10 of the other top free agents" like Jerry Reese is just gonna go around with a dump truck full of money handing out massive contracts to guys, it's not his style, he prefers finding the guys that are hungry for a big payday and willing to play for it, i don't expect to see the likes of Alex Mack, Ben Tate, MJD, Branden Albert, Jarius Byrd or Greg Hardy on the roster anytime soon.

Serge Marinkovic
Serge Marinkovic

Tuck should not be resigned his days as an elite player are gone.  During 2011 and 2012 he was awful and in 2013 very lucky in my humble opinion.  Although a leader his play will go back to nothing in 2014 and the Giants will wish they never resigned him.  Sign Beason, Tate, Albert and Smith and all will be well.  The draft for a CB, WR and OL and the Giants win 10 games next year.

Getting Beason signed (at the right price) would be great!  It was nice to finally see an NFL level middle linebacker roaming the middle of the field for our D last year.  Haven't seen that since Pierce/Carson.

Gary Dinapoli
Gary Dinapoli

mr f   jerry reese  will get it done and as for the poster who comes on here to bad mouth reese all the time how would u like the other jerry   in the nfc east to be ur gm

rico
rico

@Brian Bannon  Giants have over 20 Free Agents so Jerry has a LOT of work to do. Be it with our own players, the draft, trying to land big fish like Mack/Tate etc..gotta start somewhere, why not ask the best players if they want to play in NY?  the worst they can say is no



Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Gary Dinapoli Overall, Reese has done a fairy good job, however; the last couple drafts has been bad and he needs to draft wiser and also re-sign and sign wiser as well. If not, his job could be on the line.

Brian Bannon
Brian Bannon

@rico You said it yourself: 20 free agents, how do you think we're gonna fill those holes on the roster if a majority of the money goes to 2 or 3 free agents?