John Fennelly, Lead WriterLess than a week until free agency begins. The Giants floated a non-compensatory ROFR tender n LB Spencer Paysinger yesterday, leaving just one in-house decision to make in regards of their RFAs (Mark Herzlich).
In today’s notes of interest, Paul Schwartz of the New York Post does not believe the Giants will be able to retain the services of DT Linval Joseph, the team’s top impending UFA…
“Of all the Giants players set to hit the open market, the one who likely will draw the most interest is Linval Joseph, the sturdy defensive tackle, already a three-year starter in his four-year NFL career and just 25 years old. He is fully healthy and entering his prime and will be paid handsomely by someone, likely too handsomely for the Giants. Joseph wants to return, but it is reasonable to expect the Giants to be outbid for his services.”
The Giants won’t be taking any chances at RB this season. They know their current stable (David Wilson, Andre Brown) is not reliable enough to bank on at this point in time. Ebenezer Samuel of the Daily News says the Giants are very much in the market for new faces…
“…the Giants seem ready to aggressively shop the running back market when free agency opens next week, searching for a tailback who can revitalize a rushing attack in disrepair…New offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo isn’t seeking a spectacular tailback, but he has talked of finding a steady pass-blocker who can protect Eli Manning. The undersized Wilson, who may be best utilized as a change-of-pace back, has struggled in this area.”
Former Eagles exec Louis Riddick, now an ESPN analyst, appeared on The Fanatic 97.5 in Philly yesterday and claimed his former team is “pulling away” from the rest of the NFC East under Chip Kelly.
“Philadelphia, quite honestly, is pulling away from the rest of the division as far as their team-building right now…They’re locking up young players that Chip has identified as being people he wants long-term, whereas the rest of the division is either trying to cut a bunch of dead weight like Dallas and New York, or is a team that’s in constant turmoil like Washington where every year it seems like they’re doing something new and they’re always spinning their wheels. Philly’s pulling away. Chip’s got a good thing going.”