2012 NFL Free Agents: 4 Guys New York Giants Should Lock Up for Long-Term Deals

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2012 NFL Free Agents: 4 Guys New York Giants Should Lock Up for Long-Term Deals
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It's not particularly newsworthy to remind fans that only four of the New York Giants' starters are impending free agents this offseason—linebacker Chase Blackburn, cornerback Aaron Ross, tackle Kareem McKenzie and punter Steve Weatherford.

But when's the last time you heard this?

The punter is the only guy the Giants must lock up for a long-term deal.

Yes, I said it—the punter.

Sure, we love Blackburn's story about his bag that was packed and waiting—for four months—until the Giants finally made the call after getting annihilated by the New Orleans Saints in November. And he deserves to come back to see if he can perform like he did over a full season.

But beyond Weatherford, the starters facing free agency are not very compelling.

The G-Men are definitely lacking in the secondary, but Ross has not proved to be the answer. McKenzie has lots of playoff experience and is an asset in the locker room, but is aging.

None of them, other than Weatherford, warrant a long-term deal at the moment.

But here's a list of a few guys who do.

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