Report: Giants could have interest in Jaguars’ Daryl Smith

The Giants are in the business of finding of linebackers. A Florida Times-Union report now suggests they may be chasing the best on the market.

Jacksonville linebacker Daryl Smith, who missed the majority of the 2012 season with a groin injury, has been the stalwart of the team’s interior defense for nine seasons.

In my free-agent forecaster, I predicted Smith would remain with the Jags largely because they cannot afford to let the veteran go. Despite the injury he suffered last season, there will certainly be a market for Pro Football Focus’ top-rated backer.

The Times-Union only proposes the Giants as a likely landing spot for Smith, but the move does make sense. Earlier in the off-season, New York released Michael Boley, leaving Chase Blackburn — also a free agent — as the potential fill-in.

The Giants could draft their future middle linebacker with the No. 19 selection in April’s draft, but the best at the position — Georgia’s Alec Ogletree and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o — come with serious question marks attached.

Smith, who has flown under the radar because he plays for a lowly Jacksonville squad, may solve this Giant problem.

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