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Friday, March 14, 2014
Big Blue Morning: What's next for Giants?

By Dan Graziano

The big New York Giants news Thursday was not about a player they acquired but rather about one they lost, as team captain and 2013 sack leader Justin Tuck left to sign with the Raiders. Tuck got a decent-but-not-ridiculous two-year, $11 million deal that the Giants elected not to match even though they could have afforded to do so, and they say good-bye to a piece of their heart along with a piece of their defensive line.

Hakeem Nicks
Hakeem Nicks appears unlikely to re-sign with the Giants.
Later in the day, they re-signed fullback Henry Hynoski and agreed to terms with former Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain. Neither of those moves is making any headlines this morning in New York, and for good reason. The Giants don't set out to make big-splash headlines in March. They are being methodical in their roster rebuild, confining themselves to players under 30 years old and seemingly targeting specific players instead of just rushing out to fill holes with whoever's available.

But they do still have lots of holes to fill. Their top two choices for a kick returner who can also play wide receiver were Jacoby Jones and Ted Ginn Jr., and they have signed with Baltimore and Arizona, respectively. They poked around on cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Corey Graham, who have signed with Washington and Buffalo. They thought they had signed pass-rush help Tuesday with O'Brien Schofield, but that deal appears dead now due to a knee problem that turned up on Schofield's physical. They are still looking for kick returners, wide receivers, cornerbacks, defensive help, a tight end and a center unless they really think J.D. Walton is going to be their starter there.

The good news is that it's only Day 4, and there are a lot of players still available. The bad news is that, after an encouraging first couple of days of results with guard Geoff Schwartz, running back Rashad Jennings and middle linebacker Jon Beason, they don't seem to be having much success convincing their top choices to join them.

A look at some of the places the Giants may go from here:
Much more to come, obviously. The Giants still have a lot of work to do, and they work slowly. I'll do my best to keep you posted today and through the weekend.