Friday, March 8, 2013
Giants free agency positional needs
By Ohm Youngmisuk
Teams can begin negotiating with the agents of free agents tonight at midnight.
The Giants reportedly have around $10 million in cap space thus far. They still could create more room if they restructure more deals or cut other players. The Giants will focus on re-signing many of their own free agents and restricted free agents. Remember, the Giants want to be responsible with their salary cap, try to sign young stars like Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz to long-term deals and see what some of their young unproven players on the roster can do with opportunities.
Keep that in mind as we take a look at some free agent names that are available at positions of need for the Giants.
What happens if the Giants can't re-sign Bennett? It's hard imagining the Giants investing a lot of money in the tight end position since they have filled that spot with Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Bennett in the past few seasons. The Giants probably wouldn't spend the money to land a free agent like Jared Cook. But there are some intriguing tight end names out there if Bennett bolts. Dustin Keller, Delanie Walker, Anthony Fasano, Boss and Brandon Myers are among the free agents. Remember, the Giants likely won't spend a lot on a tight end and they would ideally want a guy on the rise, one who can block and catch. That's why re-signing Bennett within a reasonable price is important.
The Giants are expected to tender RFA Stevie Brown. Kenny Phillips is a free agent and the Giants likely would want him back for the right price. If Phillips moves on, the Giants may feel the need to add one more veteran safety to join Antrel Rolle and Brown with youngsters Will Hill and Tyler Sash behind them. ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that the Giants expressed interest in Charles Woodson. The safety free agent market is deep with names like Ed Reed, Adrian Wilson, Woodson, LaRon Landry and Dawan Landry out there. The Giants already have a lot of money tied into Rolle so it might not make sense to pay big bucks long term for another safety.