Monday, March 19, 2012
Giants enter second week of free agency
By Ohm Youngmisuk
The Giants enter week two of free agency having strengthened the depth in the secondary while also adding a tight end in Martellus Bennett.
They re-signed two of their biggest free agents in Terrell Thomas and Steve Weatherford. The next guy they likely want to re-sign is Jonathan Goff.
They did lose Mario Manningham in free agency, as expected, and Aaron Ross left shortly after for Jacksonville. The Giants could be looking for veterans on the cheap from here on out to remain fiscally responsible since they have to pay some of their young stars down the road.
Below is an constantly updated list of their own free agents and free agents signed from elsewhere:
Exclusive rights free agents: TE Bear Pascoe -- Will return.
Giants unrestricted free agents: CB Will Blackmon -- Saw some time on special teams as a returner but Giants need to upgrade at returner. Coaching staff likes Blackmon.
DE Dave Tollefson -- Looking to see what market has to offer. Visited with Seattle and Green Bay. Oakland and Tampa Bay also have interest.
DT Rocky Bernard -- Giants brought him back last year on the cheap and could again this year.
DT Jimmy Kennedy -- Largely inactive most of last season.
LB Chase Blackburn -- Huge addition late in the season. Can the Giants bring him back on the cheap? Giants have had some discussions with the linebacker.
LB Jonathan Goff -- Giants want the MLB, who is coming off an ACL injury. Visited with Cleveland as he looks to see what he can get on the market.
OT Stacy Andrews -- His brother, Shawn, tweeted that Andrews is healthy after a blood-clot scare that landed him in IR. Giants liked him as extra blocker when healthy.
OT Kareem McKenzie -- Long-time RT expected to move on in free agency. David Diehl says he will play LT or RT if needed.
OT Tony Ugoh -- Filled in for Andrews as extra blocker.
S Deon Grant -- Loved by teammates and Perry Fewell's third safety. Giants did sign safeties Chris Horton and Stevie Brown for depth and special teams.
S Derrick Martin -- Giants have added depth in secondary in free agency so far.
WR Michael Clayton -- Veteran contributed on special teams before landing on IR with injury.
Giants free agents re-signed: CB Terrell Thomas -- Will start opposite Corey Webster once knee is ready.
P Steve Weatherford -- Punter gets five-year deal.
TE Jake Ballard -- Exclusive rights free agent re-signed.
WR Domenik Hixon -- Attempting to come back from second consecutive torn ACL.
CB Bruce Johnson -- Restricted free agent re-signed, adds depth at corner.
QB David Carr -- Re-signed.
CB Michael Coe -- Adds depth at corner.
CB Justin Tryon -- Adds depth at corner.
Giants free agents departing: WR Mario Manningham -- Signed a two-year deal with San Francisco. Brandon Jacobs, who was released, joined Manningham in SF as well.
CB Aaron Ross -- Agreed to a three-year deal worth up to $15.3 million with the Jaguars.
WR Devin Thomas -- Signed a one-year deal with Chicago.
Free agent signings: S Stevie Brown -- Signs one-year deal to add depth and potentially help on special teams.
S Chris Horton -- Signs a one-year minimum deal, adds depth and potential special teams contributor.
TE Martellus Bennett -- Wants to prove what he can do as a starter.
T Joel Reinders --He is 6-8 and 317 pounds, was in camp with Cleveland in 2010. Started out as a basketball player at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
TE Larry Donnell -- The 6-6, 269-pound tight end had 38 catches for 432 yards and 11 touchdowns at Grambling State from 2007-10.