New York Giants: 5 Free Agents Big Blue Should Target
You'd think that after a Super Bowl victory, the New York Giants could rest easy, right?
Though they did win the Super Bowl, they also finished the regular season at just 9-7, and it almost cost them a shot at the postseason.
The Giants have holes, and General Manager Jerry Reese needs to find a way to fix them so that the team can repeat in 2012. Unfortunately for Reese, he doesn't have much to work with. According to spotrac.com, the Giants' payroll currently sits at $112,361,603. The 2012 NFL cap is set at $120.6 million.
With that being said, here are five players on the free agent market the Giants should take a look at.
Dallas Clark, Tight End
He was limited to just 34 receptions for 357 receiving yards.
He was released just a couple of days ago, which means teams in need of a tight end will be looking at him in consideration. Due to injuries to Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum, Bear Pascoe is the only healthy Giant left. However, Pascoe himself is also available to enter free agency this year.
While Clark has suffered injuries the past couple of seasons, and is 32 years old, he does a great job at catching balls. He caught over 1,000 receiving yards in 2009, and he also has two double-digit touchdown seasons on his resume.
Only problem is if they try and grab Clark, they might not be able to get anybody else afterwards.
Legedu Naanee, Wide Receiver
Though the Giants re-signed Domenik Hixon to a one-year deal, if the team is looking for a different receiving option/depth at the position, Legedu Naanee would be a decent pickup.
He posted career highs last season in both receptions and receiving yards with the Carolina Panthers, despite not being often targeted by Cam Newton.
Naanee can be signed for a modest offer, and can be a No. 2 receiver if either Hakeem Nicks or Victor Cruz go down with an injury.
Though not the biggest receiver in the NFL, at 6-foot-2, he's a bit bigger than both Cruz and Nicks. Naanee would be a decent receiver to use in short-yardage and/or red-zone situations.
Evan Mathis, Guard
It seems after bouncing from the Carolina Panthers to the Miami Dolphins to the Cincinnati Bengals and now to the Eagles, he's finally found a team with a system he can work in. Question is, will the Eagles re-sign him to a new contract?
If not, it would be a good idea to steal away from a divisional rival and take Mathis and use him on the left side to replace David Diehl. Like Clark, though, if the Giants signed Mathis, they'll have little to no room to sign much else afterwards (at least not without some releases). However, I think it's worth it, because that would mean an improved offensive line would relieve pressure off Eli Manning.
Geoff Schwartz, Offensive Tackle
Geoff Schwartz had a very good 2010 season with the Carolina Panthers, but he missed all of last season due to a hip injury.
He's bound to be cheap, can play at both the tackle and guard positions and is very young—at just 25 years old—so he still has many years to contribute.
Schwartz would be a decent replacement for the aging Kareem McKenzie, who had difficulties throughout last season, after doing great in 2010.
Chris Carr, Cornerback
Personally, I prefer re-signing Terrell Thomas, but considering if they can't, Chris Carr would be a decent guy to get, and would make for a decent bridge as the second cornerback, as Prince Amukarmara develops into a starter.
Carr started off the 2010 season with the Ravens very well, but then was hit with injuries, fell to fourth on the team's depth chart, and couldn't get back.
A cheap cornerback to claim; but if healthy, can still perform on a short-term basis.