New York Giants: alterraun verner

When the Tampa Bay Buccaneers let it be known that they were looking to trade cornerback Darrelle Revis, the New York Giants were one of the many, many teams that called to ask what the price would be. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported this Wednesday, and it is true, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The Giants figured the price would be too high, but they called anyway because this is Revis we're talking about and... well, what if the price wasn't too high? Wouldn't that be great?

But it was, as you might expect. Even if the Bucs weren't asking much, Revis would have to redo his contract in order to get a deal done, and he was unwilling to do that. So the conversations ended quickly. Tampa Bay is unlikely to find a trade partner for Revis by 4 p.m. Wednesday, when they owe him a roster bonus, so he'll likely be cut Wednesday afternoon and free for anyone to sign.

We know the Giants have called around on the top cornerbacks, but we also know they balked at Alterraun Verner's price, which turned out to be not so bad. (Verner signed with Tampa Bay for four years and $25.5 million.) This makes me think it's unlikely they pursue Revis as a free agent. They have the money and cap space to do it, but the bidding is likely to get up near the $10 million-per-year mark, and I don't imagine the Giants wanting to play in that neighborhood.

I don't like to write that something won't happen, because you look silly if 95 things change and it actually does. But if you're dreaming of Revis in Giants blue, I'd encourage you to tone down your expectations.
You have to be careful this weekend with what you hear and where you hear it. The NFL's legal tampering window opened at noon ET on Saturday, so while no free agent can sign with a new team until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, teams are allowed to talk to agents for free-agent players, and talk they do. Reports Saturday indicated the New York Giants had reached out to the representatives for Tennessee cornerback Alterraun Verner and Baltimore defensive lineman Arthur Jones.

The calls could mean any number of things. Take Verner, for example, who is likely to be one of the most sought-after and highly paid cornerbacks on the free-agent market. The Giants could be looking around to see whether they can afford to spend on a cornerback this offseason, and calling the agent for the top one to see where the market is going is one way to find out. Green Bay just re-signed Sam Shields on Saturday for four years and $39 million with at least $12 million guaranteed. So if the Giants want Verner (or another top cornerback), it's fair to assume they will need to offer $9 million or $10 million a year to get him.

That's a significant price to pay, especially for a team with so many significant needs on the offensive side of the ball. But the idea of making Prince Amukamara the No. 2 cornerback again isn't a bad one for the Giants. That is not to say Amukamara is a No. 2 corner. I think he's a very good player -- not a "shutdown" type of guy, but a good, smart technician who knows the position and works hard at it and will contribute more good than bad. A borderline No. 1 at least. Adding a corner who is better than he is would make the defensive backfield very strong. Defensive back is a position on which the Giants have long shown a willingness to spend big resources (early draft picks or free-agent dollars), and so it wouldn't be out of character for them to throw money at a cornerback early in free agency.

As for Jones, who was a defensive end in Baltimore's 3-4 front, he'd be a defensive tackle in the Giants' scheme and could be an option if they believe Linval Joseph is leaving as a free agent. Pro Football Focus ranked Jones the No. 12 overall 3-4 defensive end last year. He'll be 28 in June and he's a Syracuse guy, and you know how the Giants like those Syracuse guys.

Much more to come, obviously.