- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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If you felt as though the New York Giants weren't being active enough in free agency, Sunday should have made you feel a good bit better. The day began with the announcement of two signings -- cornerback Walter Thurmond and kick returner Quintin Demps. Around lunchtime, news broke that the Giants were meeting with former Cowboys pass-rusher Anthony Spencer. Long about dinnertime, we learned they had set up a meeting with their own former wide receiver Mario Manningham. And then a bit before bedtime, Adam Schefter reported that cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was spending the night and taking a physical today.
We chronicled and analyzed it all for you move by move, as is our wont here on ESPN's NFL Nation. Here are the links:
I believe Thurmond was signed to play the slot corner position, but it's possible that he and/or Trumaine McBride could handle outside duties if the Giants don't sign Rodgers-Cromartie or another corner. There are still a number of corners on the market if Rodgers-Cromartie heads to the Jets or elsewhere.
Demps offers some down-the-roster safety depth but was signed to help boost a sagging kick return game. Neither he nor Thurmond has any NFL experience returning punts, so that position remains up in the air, but Demps is electrifying on kick returns.
Spencer would have to be a steal to make sense for a Giants team that has yet to sign anyone over 30 (which he is) and let team captain Justin Tuck walk last week without making an effort to re-sign him. Spencer's knee is a question mark, and he's got no NFL experience as a 4-3 defensive end, which he'd be in New York. They do need reinforcements on a defensive line that has seen its two best players from 2013 sign elsewhere, but I think Spencer would be a backfill guy in the pass-rush rotation at this point.
Manningham would be the fourth receiver if his knee checked out and they signed him. He isn't much at this point, though I understand the justifiable place he occupies in the hearts of Giants fans. He made one of the most important catches in franchise history.
Rodgers-Cromartie is the best corner left on the market and would allow the Giants to claim a deep secondary as the strength of their team.
We will of course keep you posted throughout the day on further developments. Also, feel free to catch me at 3:30 p.m. ET on "NFL Insiders" on ESPN. Maybe I can sneak in a Giants note there, too.
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