John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe Giants have twelve impending unrestricted free agents on their defense, and they will undoubtedly be saying goodbye to some familiar faces.
S Ryan Mundy – The Giants brought Mundy in last year on a one-year deal in hopes that he could bring some physicality to their secondary. Depending on who you ask, Mundy did just that. He’s not starting material, but he’s certainly good enough to add back to the roster as depth. He had 77 total tackles with a sack and an INT. I can see him back in camp this summer on another veteran minimum (or close to it) deal – especially if Will Hill is in jeopardy of missing time again.
S Stevie Brown – The lost season due to the torn knee ligaments will hurt his market value. So will his public statements that he wishes to return to the Giants. Depending on how his physical and workouts go, the Giants will look to bring Brown back at a reasonable rate.
LB Keith Rivers – I hope they steer clear of Rivers, who was inexplicably back on the roster in 2013. The guy adds little to the defense and specials. Good guy, but even at the league minimum, they can get better value somewhere else.
LB Jon Beason – Everyone’s talking about Beason, which has drawn attention to him from teams that may not have had an interest. He would like to stay and the Giants would love to have him back, but at what price is the question. I think he’s back in Blue this summer.
DT Mike Patterson – Had a solid season as a run-stuffer in 2013 and helped the Giants be a force against the run all season long. He has expressed an interest in returning and probably can be had for the similar, one-year deal he signed in 2013.
DT Shaun Rogers – I think it’s either Patterson or Rogers and Patterson wins out.
DT Linval Joseph – Not good news here. Joseph will get several top-dollar offers from other clubs that the Giants will not be able to match or compete with. I think he’s going to go and go fast next week.
DE Justin Tuck – Don’t want to see him go, but the Giants aren’t in a rush to reach out to keep him at this point. He might wait the Giants out, or vice-a-versa. Hard to tell right now what his market value will be or if he’ll jump at an early offer, putting the Giants on the spot.
CB Corey Webster – No way. Enough is enough. I cannot see the Giants bringing him back under any circumstances. Some say he quit on the team and I don’t want him back because his prime is waaaay behind him.
CB Trumaine McBride – Let’s just get it done. The guy played well enough to get an offer early on by the Giants next week.
CB Aaron Ross – Time’s up for him, too. He may get a camp invite, but the window is down to a crack for Ross at this point.
CB Terrell Thomas – You say tomato, I say tomahto. He is excellent against the run and plays in the box as well as any corner they’ve had in years. His coverage skills are questionable, however. If he doesn’t receive an early offer, I can see him back at camp. The Giants have a long memory and the two lost seasons to knee injuries will diminish his value.