Big Blue Morning: A very busy Sunday

March, 17, 2014
Mar 17
8:30
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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.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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