Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Big Blue Morning: Still tinkering
By Dan Graziano ESPN.com
No team in the NFL has signed more free agents this offseason than the New York Giants, and they may not be done yet.
You already know about backup quarterback candidates Josh Freeman and Matt Flynn, who will visit the Giants on Tuesday because the team may need some help if Eli Manning takes longer than expected to recover from ankle surgery. But quarterback isn't the only spot at which the Giants are still looking to add depth at this late stage.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune spoke with former Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams, who is currently visiting with the Giants. Williams told the paper he had dinner Monday night with Giants defensive line coach Robert Nunn and would meet with Tom Coughlin and other Giants officials Tuesday.
Ironically, the reason Williams is no longer needed in Minnesota is because the Vikings signed defensive tackle Linval Joseph away from the Giants early in the free-agency period. Williams will turn 34 in August and is therefore considerably older than (a) Joseph and (b) nearly all of the other 25 free agents the Giants have signed this offseason. But there's some recent precedent for the Giants adding a respected veteran to their defensive tackle rotation. Shaun Rogers was that guy the last two offseasons. Currently, the rotation includes Cullen Jenkins, Johnathan Hankins, Mike Patterson and Markus Kuhn. It could use some help.
There was also a report Monday linking the Giants to oft-injured wide receiver Sidney Rice, who's apparently telling teams he's been cleared medically, but I am told not to expect the Giants to be serious bidders if a lot of other teams get involved on Rice. Could happen, and if healthy he'd fill a big need for them. But he's never healthy and I think the Giants just sort of checked in to see about the price.