New York Giants: free agency

Giants' free-agent tracker

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Here's our home for the New York Giants' free agency tracker. We'll keep updating this particular blog to keep you on top of the team's moves and where its free agents are going. Also, check out ESPN's free agency tracker with all the league's free agents. You can sort by team and position.

Remember, the Giants don't have a ton of cap space and still have to keep money to sign their draft picks. If they sign anybody else in free agency, it will likely be at minimal cost.

SIGNED

T Will Beatty -- Re-signed to a five-year deal for as much as $38.75 million.
DT Cullen Jenkins -- Could be biggest addition in '13.
CB Aaron Ross -- Team's '07 first-round pick is back to help depth.
DT Shaun Rogers -- Back again after blood clot kept him out last year.
RB Ryan Torain -- Back to add RB depth.
K Josh Brown -- Likely the end of the Lawrence Tynes era.
LB Keith Rivers -- Signed one-year deal, will try to fill Michael Boley's role.
S Ryan Mundy -- Will try to be Giants' third safety.
TE Brandon Myers -- For fourth consecutive year, Giants have a new starting TE.
LB Dan Connor -- Expected to replace Chase Blackburn at MLB.
WR Louis Murphy -- Depth at WR with Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden both free agents.
QB David Carr -- Carr returns to back up Eli.
G Kevin Boothe -- Important piece back for a one-year deal.
DT Mike Patterson -- Another former Eagle DT to help plug run defense.

GONE

TE Martellus Bennett -- Signed four-year, $20 million deal with Chicago.
S Kenny Phillips -- Signed with Philadelphia for one-year deal.
DT Chris Canty -- After being released, landed with Ravens.
LB Chase Blackburn -- Agreed to two-year deal with Carolina after Connor addition.
DE Osi Umenyiora -- Osi now spreading his wings as a Dirty Bird.
WR Domenik Hixon -- Another Giant heads to Carolina to join Dave Gettleman.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

K Lawrence Tynes -- Giants signed Brown, the third K added this offseason.
DT Rocky Bernard -- Solid but Giants re-signed Shaun Rogers, though.
WR Ramses Barden -- Ramses says he's ready for a fresh start elsewhere.
TE Travis Beckum -- Injuries hampered Giants career.
T Sean Locklear -- We'll see later this summer based on knee recovery.
CB Justin Tryon -- Giants will be looking for corners, but Tryon may move on.
RB Kregg Lumpkin -- Giants re-signed Ryan Torain.
CB Brian Witherspoon -- Has to come back from another ACL tear.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

WR Victor Cruz -- Handed first-round tender. Odds are against somebody making an offer.
S Stevie Brown -- Signed his second-round tender.
RB Andre Brown -- Tendered at second-round level.
TE Bear Pascoe -- Giants already re-signed blocking tight end.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

DE Adrian Tracy -- Already tendered. Could compete for fourth DE spot.
C Jim Cordle -- Re-signed and back to provide much-needed O-line depth.
DE Justin Trattou -- Trattou is back and may compete with Tracy as extra pass rusher.

So what do you think so far and what do you want to see the Giants do in free agency?

Giants '13 free agent list

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Happy New Year! It's 2013 and the New York Giants can officially start looking forward to this upcoming season.

GM Jerry Reese believes the Giants still have a championship contending core but he also promises that the roster will look slightly different next season.

Here is the unofficial Giants' unrestricted/restricted/exclusive rights free agent list:

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

T Will Beatty -- Hard to find starting left tackles. Might be most important Giants free agent.
DE Osi Umenyiora -- Won't rule out return but sounds ready to move on.
G Kevin Boothe -- Versatile and solid. Giants should bring him back.
TE Martellus Bennett -- Should only get better but will another team offer more money?
S Kenny Phillips -- Would like to see him back but for right price.
LB Chase Blackburn -- Solid vet is an asset but is NYG ready to go with Mark Herzlich?
LB Keith Rivers -- When healthy, showed glimpses of speed and athleticism.
K Lawrence Tynes -- Best NFL kicker until shaky finish. Should still be re-signed.
DT Rocky Bernard -- Cheap and reliable but Marvin Austin needs snaps.
WR Domenik Hixon -- Solid veteran provides depth and a punt returner.
WR Ramses Barden -- Shined in start vs. CAR but didn't get many other opportunities.
QB David Carr -- Knows system and works well with Eli.
TE Travis Beckum -- Injuries hampered Giants career.
T Sean Locklear -- Great until suffering ugly knee injury.
CB Justin Tryon -- Invite to camp?
RB Kregg Lumpkin -- Saw some third-down duties.
DT Shaun Rogers -- Blood clot kept him out of '12.
CB Brian Witherspoon -- Has to come back from another ACL tear.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS

WR Victor Cruz -- Time to pay the salsa.
S Stevie Brown -- The surprise of 2012 could be starting safety next season.
RB Andre Brown -- On the mend after broken leg derailed best season.
TE Bear Pascoe -- Versatile and needed for blocking.
RB Ryan Torain -- Didn't play much.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS

DE Adrian Tracy -- 'Yosi' (Young Osi) might see bigger role.
C Jim Cordle -- Good for depth/special teams.
DE Justin Trattou -- Giants like his potential.

Tell us what you want to see happen with the Giants' free agents below.

Giants free agency tracker

April, 9, 2012
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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.

Witten: Martellus a good fit with Giants

April, 4, 2012
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Martellus Bennett spent years learning from Dallas' stellar tight end Jason Witten.

Now Witten says Bennett is ready to display his potential and upside with the Giants.

"Martellus is a great guy," Witten told reporters at the Nike NFL uniform launch on Tuesday. "There’s been a lot said about his career. But I know he’s excited for a fresh start. He’s got a lot of ability, he’s learned a lot over the years and I think he’s excited about where he’s at in his career."

Bennett signed a one-year deal with the Giants in hopes of proving what he can do as a starter after playing behind Witten. He will have every opportunity to prove himself with Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard recovering from ACL knee surgeries.

Beckum tweeted on Wednesday that he was told he might be able to return by the season opener. Typically ACL recoveries can take nine months up to a year and the Giants have said that Beckum and Ballard could start the season on the PUP list.

"Just seen the Doc..best news I heard in awhile!!!," Beckum tweeted. "Very good chance I will be back by the start of the season!!"

While that would certainly be a bonus for the Giants, they still have to prepare as if they will be without Beckum and Ballard for some time. Witten has played the Giants enough to know their system and how they use tight ends and he thinks Bennett will fit in well.

"I think he fits that offense in a lot of ways," Witten said. "I think his confidence was probably shaken a little bit in Dallas. Few plays, his numbers were limited, so I’m sure that’s a part of it. He’s a good blocker, he’s a good underneath route runner, he’s big so he can catch the ball. I think, more than anything, getting his confidence back and getting a fresh start will do a lot for his career. Definitely a lot of upside."

Witten also thinks the Giants coaching staff, specifically tight ends coach Mike Pope, will bring out the best in Bennett.

"Ultimately, when I found out he was going to the Giants, I wished him congratulations because I know he kind of fits that power offense and Mike Pope is one of the best tight ends coaches there is," Witten said. "Anybody who plays the position knows that about him. He does a good job of eliminating distractions and allowing his players to be the best."

"I think [Pope has] done that for many, many years, going back to [Jeremy] Shockey and taking a guy like Ballard who’s undrafted and getting him to play at a high level," Witten added. "So a key component in that is Mike and that system. Coach [Tom] Coughlin, no tolerance for any of that stuff. If you leave those distractions aside, Martellus is going to do a good job."

Devin Thomas leaves for Chicago

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Devin Thomas may not have gotten much of a chance to show what he can do at wide receiver, but he certainly made an impact on special teams with the Giants.

Thomas played a part in helping the Giants get to the Super Bowl last season with two key fumble recoveries on punts in the NFC Championship Game against San Francisco. On Wednesday night, Thomas agreed to a one-year deal with the Bears, according to the team's website.

Tim Farrell/US PresswireDevin Thomas (15) is now a Bear.


Thomas leaves the Giants only having caught three receptions for 37 yards in his nearly two seasons with the team. He played primarily on special teams as a returner and on the coverage team, where he made his biggest contribution, which included a fumble recovery on a punt return that helped set up the game-winning field goal in overtime of the NFC title game.

Thomas joins Mario Manningham and Aaron Ross as Giants free agents to depart via free agency. Brandon Jacobs, who was released by the Giants, also signed with San Francisco on Wednesday.

Here is the updated list of Giants free agents and a column on the Giants' approach to free agency thus far.

The Bears will now see how to best use the 25-year-old former second-round pick of the Redskins. As for the Giants, they eventually look for a little more depth at receiver and another player to help on special teams.

Giants have a 6-4 void to fill in backfield

March, 28, 2012
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Brandon Jacobs is now a 49er, joining Mario Manningham in San Francisco.

So the Giants still have a 6-4, 264-pound hole to fill in the backfield. Ahmad Bradshaw currently has D.J. Ware, Da'Rel Scott and Andre Brown behind him on the depth chart.

The Giants still could add a veteran running back in free agency or via trade or the draft. The name that a ton of fans have been asking about is Carolina's Jonathan Stewart now that Mike Tolbert is a Panther.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted on Tuesday that the Panthers are "adamant this week that they're not trading Stewart." And some NFL reporters have speculated that if the Panthers do trade a running back, the sensible trade partner could be the Broncos and former Panthers head coach John Fox.

Stewart, of course, would seem to be a great fit for the Giants, who will probably want a bigger back to fill Jacobs' role. But Stewart's price tag could be too steep for the Giants if he becomes available. How much would a team have to give up if the Panthers were willing to make a deal? And how much would Stewart cost financially to keep later down the road? Remember, the Giants have several young players they will have to take care of eventually, such as Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Jason Pierre-Paul, just to name a few.

Still, Tom Coughlin has said he would like to stick to the same formula he had with Bradshaw and Jacobs when asked about the possibility of Jacobs leaving back in February at the NFL Scouting Combine.

"There's a hallmark that we stick to by position," Coughlin said. "Brandon is very rare, very rare. We would stick to what's been good for the Giants."

My guess is that unless the Giants find a veteran running back on the cheap in free agency, they'll draft a running back. Stewart would be great, but I just wonder how much the Panthers would want if they were to entertain offers. And drafting and developing a running back would be a cheaper option.

Tell us what you want to see the Giants do now that Jacobs is gone.

Tollefson visiting Green Bay

March, 27, 2012
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The Dave Tollefson free agency tour continues this week with a stop in Green Bay on Thursday, a source confirmed.

The defensive end visited with the Seahawks last week. Tollefson is looking to see what he can get on the market. Tollefson was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round in 2006 but was waived and signed to the practice squad in September of that season. Tampa Bay and Oakland also expressed an interest in Tollefson according to a source.

Tollefson is one of a few Giants free agents who are testing their value on the market. Here's the updated list of Giants free agents.

Reese discusses Giants' MLB situation

March, 26, 2012
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Jerry Reese says there is still work to do and that the Giants aren't done in free agency.

The Giants are waiting to see how the free agency market shakes out and what becomes available. One player they could be waiting on is their free agent middle linebacker Jon Goff. Tom Coughlin has said that Goff is a part of his plan for the upcoming season. Goff recently visited with Cleveland and is seeing what else he can get on the market.

During an interview with SiriusXM NFL radio, Reese was asked who would play middle linebacker if the Giants had to play tomorrow.

"If we had to play tomorrow the MIKE backer, I’m not sure because we have some interesting candidates for that job," Reese said. "We have some young players that we think can step in and do the job."

Reese then mentioned Mark Herzlich and Greg Jones as two players the Giants are high on. Jones was a sixth-round pick last year and was rushed into the starting lineup in the season opener after Goff went down. Herzlich started two games later in the season before suffering an ankle injury.

"Obviously Herzlich is a guy we like and we like Greg Jones," Reese said. "Those two kids played a lot for us last year until Mark got hurt… [Michael] Boley… we have linebackers. We do.”

It's one of your favorite topics so tell us what you think the Giants should do in the middle below.

Reese: Still work to do in free agency

March, 26, 2012
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Jerry Reese and the Giants have remained relatively quiet since the first week of free agency but there’s definitely a reason why.

As expected, the Giants are waiting to see what becomes available on the cheap in the free agency market.

“There’s still some things to do in free agency for us I think,” Reese said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Just kind of slow play it and see who is out there and what is available for us and what our needs are as we continue the offseason process and look at the draft and look down the road. But we have things to do still.”

Hosts Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan mentioned that the Giants currently have $2.5 million in cap space. That’s largely why the Giants have not made a ton of moves in free agency. It’s also why guys like Jonathan Goff, Dave Tollefson and Chase Blackburn are testing the market to see what else they can get and why Mario Manningham and Aaron Ross departed. (Here's the full updated list of Giants free agents and their moves so far).

“The salary cap rules the world,” Reese said. “If you have a lot of good players, you just can’t retain them all. We feel like we have some players on the roster that can come in and step up.”

Reese again mentioned Ramses Barden and Jerrel Jernigan as guys who can help offset the loss of Manningham.

“We expect those guys to step out of the shadows," Reese said. "Ramses Barden has been hurt a little bit ever since he has been in the league. We hope he can stay healthy and prove to us that he was worth a third-round pick. We expect those guys to play. Jernigan is the same thing, a young kid trying to learn the offense, he should have a better grasp of what is going on and be a slot type. Ramses has that length that you like.”

Report: Mario's deal worth $7.3 million

March, 23, 2012
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There are many who have been wondering how much Mario Manningham signed for with the 49ers.

According to Matt Maiocco of Comcast Sportsnet Bay Area, Manningham agreed to a two-year, $7.375 million contract, including a $2 million signing bonus and an additional $2.45 million in salary guarantees.

Manningham's base salary will be $1.2 million this season and $3.6 million next year as the New York Daily News pointed out earlier on Friday.

The Giants didn't have a ton of cap space and they needed to factor in that they will have to pay Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks down the road as well. They'll probably sit and wait and see how the free agency market shakes out and what veterans they can sign on the cheap.

What do you guys think of what Mario got?

Mario looking to be a "game changer" in SF

March, 22, 2012
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Mario Manningham reiterated that he would have liked to have returned to the Giants but understood the business aspect and why he is now a 49er.

“Just knowing the business part of this system about football, yeah, you know I would have wanted to come back but I’m not and that is in the past,” Manningham said in a conference call with San Francisco reporters. “And I won a Super Bowl with those guys and I give them all the credit for teaching me things and winning with them but this is my [new] team and everyone knows the path I am trying to take.”

Manningham said he was close to signing with the Rams prior to joining the Niners. He visited with both teams and chose San Francisco. The Giants were not going to spend a lot to keep Manningham with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz higher on the depth chart. The Giants eventually will have to pay those two down the road as well.

Manningham was looking for an opportunity to shine as a No. 1 or No. 2 receiver and he believes he can be a “game changer” in San Francisco’s offense. Manningham likes the Niners’ offensive line and the running game. He praised Frank Gore and quarterback Alex Smith.

“I feel like I can come there and make an impact and be a great addition to this offense,” he said. “Michael Crabtree has very good talent and Randy Moss and a couple other of the wide receivers.”

Manningham hit it off with Niners coach Jim Harbaugh. Both are former University of Michigan football players.

“I’m glad we have a connection like that,” he said. “I hope he knows my toughness and what I can do and the game changer that I am.”

Manningham signed with the Niners last Saturday. At the time, Peyton Manning was still in play for the Niners before the quarterback chose the Broncos. Manningham said he chose the Niners regardless of what Manning was going to do.

“I thought he was coming to the 49ers but he didn’t,” Manningham said. “We have Alex Smith and he is a great player. So try to come in and change the game. I knew [Manning] was a possibility but I wasn’t picking them because of that.”

One major attraction of San Francisco was the idea of playing with another great defense like the Niners.

“There is a great defense on the other side of the ball, I know I can come in and make plays,” Manningham said. “I know I can make an impact, God-willing, I can come in there and learn the playbook and make a difference. They [Niners defense] swarm and hit you and cover you. I feel like they got the best linebacking corps in the league, if not the best. They have athletic defensive backs, the D-line, they are all real good.”

Tollefson exploring free agency market

March, 21, 2012
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Dave Tollefson will be visiting Seattle on Thursday and Friday, a source confirmed an earlier report by SiriusXM NFL radio's Adam Caplan.

The Giants have made an offer to Tollefson, who is looking for more of a commitment and is exploring his options on the market. The free agent defensive end has drawn interest from the Raiders, Packers and Buccaneers according to a source.

Tollefson is very popular amongst his teammates and the Giants value that and all that he adds to the team's depth. But Tollefson also has to see what else is out there since the Giants have Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora at defensive end with Mathias Kiwanuka also splitting time between linebacker and pass rusher as well.

We'll see if Tollefson lands a deal by the end of the week.

Report: Goff and Tollefson make FA visits

March, 21, 2012
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It had been relatively quiet on the Jonathan Goff front until today.

The Giants free agent linebacker visited with the Cleveland Browns according to a tweet by Adam Caplan, NFL reporter/analyst for SiriusXM. Caplan also tweeted that free agent defensive end Dave Tollefson will visit Seattle on Thursday and that Tampa Bay and Green Bay also have interest. The expectation has been that Tollefson could leave in free agency for more than the Giants are willing to pay the backup defensive end. Here is the Giants' list of free agents.

The Giants have said they want to re-sign Goff but they likely let him test the market to see if he can get more than they are willing to offer. It could be a similar situation to Steve Smith from last season when the Giants wanted to re-sign the wide receiver who was coming off knee surgery but only for a certain price. Smith ended up taking a better offer from the Eagles.

We'll have to see what kind of market there is for Goff, who is coming off a torn ACL injury that ended his season just before the season-opener last year. The Giants felt the middle linebacker was primed to have his best season yet and had made strides in training camp. He was supposed to be an extension of Perry Fewell on the field, calling and relaying plays in the huddle. It took a while for the Giants to adjust to losing Goff but Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn, who also is a free agent, got the job done.

So what do we make of the visit to Cleveland? I still think the Giants want him back for the right price and Goff is going to see what he can get on the market. If Goff were to leave, the Giants would still have Boley, Mathias Kiwanuka (if he remains as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end), Jacquian Williams, Greg Jones, Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger at linebacker.

They could try to see if Jones and Herzlich develop enough to play middle linebacker. Or they could sign a veteran inside linebacker on the cheap in free agency. Perhaps they could bring Blackburn back. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, tell us below what you think of Goff and what the Giants should do.

Ross heading to Jacksonville

March, 20, 2012
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Jason O. Watson/US PresswireAaron Ross and his two Super Bowl rings are on their way to Jacksonville.
Just over 48 hours after wide receiver Mario Manningham left for San Francisco, Aaron Ross became the latest free agent to leave the Giants.

Ross is signing a three-year deal worth up to $15.3 million with the Jaguars, according to a source. Like Manningham, Ross' departure was expected. The only question was where would the cornerback land.

After re-signing Terrell Thomas last week, Ross became expendable because the Giants weren't going to spend the kind of money he got for their third corner. The Giants want to re-sign some other veteran free agents like middle linebacker Jonathan Goff while being responsible with their spending to pay young stars like Victor Cruz down the road.

Ross, 29, started 15 games last season in place of an injured Thomas and had a career-high 60 tackles and four interceptions. Thomas is rebounding from a torn ACL injury suffered last preseason but he is expected to be ready for training camp.

Last year's first-round pick, Prince Amukamara, will now get his opportunity to play more as the third cornerback on the depth chart if he's healthy. Amukamara recently underwent an injection procedure to help his foot heal better. Amukamara broke his foot in the second practice of camp last year and missed the first nine games of the season. He had to play catch-up for the remainder of the season and struggled at times.

A source expects Amukamara to be ready for training camp. With an entire offseason of training and coaching, Amukamara should be improved this coming season.

Ross was the Giants' first-round pick in 2007 and he started 24 of his first 30 games with the Giants before playing in just four games in 2009 due to a hamstring injury.

While the Giants lost a corner who started in both Super Bowl XLII and XLVI, they have enough depth in the secondary after re-signing Thomas, Bruce Johnson, Michael Coe and Justin Tryon. Brian Witherspoon is also returning.

Here is the updated free agent list for the Giants with Ross' departure. Tell us what you think of Ross leaving below.

Giants enter second week of free agency

March, 19, 2012
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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.

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