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Twitter mailbag: Free-agency preview

3/6/2015

This will be the last New York Giants Twitter mailbag before free agency opens, so get your questions in now! Oh wait. You already did. I see them here, with that #nygmail hashtag.


@DanGrazianoESPN: I have not seen the report to which you refer, but if the Giants were trying to scare Jason Pierre-Paul into signing for their price, feigning interest in Ndamukong Suh might be a good way to do it. From Pierre-Paul's standpoint, if they signed Suh, they'd likely revoke their franchise tender offer and move on without him. Thing is, Pierre-Paul has good agents, and they'd recognize such a tactic for what it was and ignore it. Plus, all Pierre-Paul has to do is sign his franchise tender, and then the Giants could no longer revoke it. So feigning interest in Suh might actually be an effective way of getting Pierre-Paul to sign the tender and thereby require him to attend minicamp, etc. Regardless, I think this situation is simpler than people are trying to make it. The Giants are comfortable paying Pierre-Paul $14.813 million this year and assessing his long-term value to them again this time next year, when he'll still only be 27. Crazy things can always happen, but the most likely outcome here is that Pierre-Paul plays out this year on the franchise tag and the Giants drop out of the Suh bidding early.


@DanGrazianoESPN: The sense I get is that they'll try to bid big for the safeties at the top of the market, most prominently Devin McCourty. I could see safety being their "big spend" item this offseason, as cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was last year when they outbid the Jets for him. With Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps all eligible for free agency, the Giants have a real void at safety, and it's a position on which they've shown a willingness to spend major resources. I think that's first on the list, and I would expect them also to find an offensive lineman (guard or right tackle), a big-play running back and likely a defensive tackle in free agency. The ideal scenario is to fill the roster holes in free agency so they can then take the best player available regardless of position come draft day.


@DanGrazianoESPN: As of Friday, the Giants were not among the teams that had checked in on recently released Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole, and I also had not heard anything about them and a pursuit of recently released Oakland Raiders safety Tyvon Branch. I'm a little bit surprised they're not tempted by Cole, but he is 32 and is likely to have multiple suitors, so they may not want to be in a bidding war for a player his age. Branch is only 28, but when I asked about him, the first thing my source said to me was, "He's only played five games the last two years." So it sounds as though the injury and health issues are on the minds of at least some prominent decision-makers, and at this point I'd expect the Giants to steer clear.


@DanGrazianoESPN: Oh, it's realistic. I think if Jerry Reese falls in love with Amari Cooper as a high-end playmaker the way he did last year with Odell Beckham Jr., and he's there at No. 9, there's absolutely a chance he's the Giants' pick. But I don't think it would be smart, because I think overcommitting your high-end resources at one position is a flawed method of roster building. By "high-end resources," I mean early-round draft picks and free-agent money. They used last year's first-rounder and their 2012 second-rounder on wide receivers, and they have Victor Cruz signed to a big free-agent deal. Using another early pick on a wide receiver would seem to tilt the roster too heavily in the direction of that one position at the expense of others. Not the way to go, in my opinion. But Reese may well see it differently.



Thanks for the questions, and don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour when you go to bed tonight.