- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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By using the franchise player designation on Jason Pierre-Paul on Monday, the New York Giants made sure their top free agent would be back in blue in 2015. But of the 18 other Giants players who are eligible for unrestricted free agency this offseason, only wide receiver Kevin Ogletree has so far re-signed with the team. Here's a look at what we know about where things stand with some of the biggest remaining names on the Giants' free-agent list:
S Antrel Rolle: This is an age-old story. Rolle wants to be back. The Giants want him back. But so far, they've been unable to agree on price, and Rolle looks likely to hit the market at 4 pm ET next Tuesday. He's a 32-year-old safety, and there generally isn't much of a market for those. But Rolle is selling himself as an unusual case -- a player who hasn't missed a game in five years and spent his time with the Giants winning a Super Bowl and emerging as a locker room leader. There are already rumblings that the Dolphins, who were a close runner-up to the Giants for Rolle's services five years ago, could be interested in bringing him home to Miami.
CB Walter Thurmond: The Giants signed him to a one-year contract last offseason and didn't even get two whole games out of him before a Week 2 injury ended his season. They have spoken with Thurmond about a return, but so far talks have gone nowhere, and he is expected to hit the market and sign elsewhere.
DT Mike Patterson: He'll be 32 when the season starts, and the Giants aren't likely to have much a role for him as anything other than a rotational defensive tackle. But if he'll come back for something like what he made in 2014 ($855,000), Patterson is a guy the Giants like enough to bring back. They have had conversations this offseason about bringing back Patterson, and a deal could get done before free agency opens next week.
S Stevie Brown: Those eight interceptions from 2012 still resonate, but in truth there's been little evidence since to indicate whether Brown really is a starting NFL safety. He missed all of 2013 with an ACL injury, struggled and got benched at the start of 2014, then returned to the lineup and played just okay down the stretch. In a thin safety market, we have heard some talk that other teams could be interested in taking a look at Brown. And assuming he and his agent have heard the same, I'd expect them to check that out next week. The Giants could be in for a major overhaul at safety.
LB Jacquian Williams: The concussion issues that ended Williams' season likely will scare off outside suitors, and the Giants are in the best position to evaluate where things stand on that front. Assuming Williams is recovered, the Giants like the idea of a starting linebacker corps of Williams, Devon Kennard and either Jon Beason or Jameel McClain.
LB Mark Herzlich: He feels like a Giant-for-life kind of guy to me, and I'm a bit surprised he hasn't re-signed already.