Monday, April 9, 2012
Giants free agency tracker
By Ohm Youngmisuk
In case you guys missed it over the holiday weekend, Dave Tollefson was the latest Giant to head to the Bay area after signing with the Raiders.
The Giants lost a backup defensive end who provided energy and hustle and was very popular among teammates in the locker room. The Giants, though, are saving their money to pay some of their younger stars down the road. They still could sign some free agents on the cheap. Here's the 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.
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 Jonathan Goff -- Trade for Cincinnati LB Keith Rivers and Chase Blackburn's return likely mean Goff will be moving on.
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 but signed Sean Locklear.
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.
LB Chase Blackburn -- Huge addition late in the season. Provides leadership, veteran experience and special teams' ability.
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.
DE Dave Tollefson -- Signed a two-year deal with the Raiders.
Free agent signings: CB Antwaun Molden -- Former Patriot adds more depth in the secondary.
OL Sean Locklear -- Says he wants to play RT, where Giants need a new starter.
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.