NFL Free Agency: How the Defending Super Bowl Champs Can Get Even Better

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NFL Free Agency: How the Defending Super Bowl Champs Can Get Even Better
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Typically, a 9-7 season would call for a big splash in free agency, but a surprise Super Bowl victory clearly will temper the New York Giants' approach this year.

The Giants clearly have needs during free agency, which officially starts today at 4 p.m. ET.

Most notably, the G-Men need a running back to complement Ahmad Bradshaw now that Brandon Jacobs has been cut loose, a tight end (as injuries will sideline the team's top two until midseason), they need to add depth and speed across the board on defense and need help on the offensive line.

While other NFC teams with big salary cap room are expected to grab headlines with marquee additions, the G-Men will likely be bargain hunting. General manager Jerry Reese has not made his mark with "sexy" free-agent moves in the past and this year won't be any different.

The Giants are an estimated $2M to $9M under the 2012 salary cap of $120.6 million.

Eli Manning's contract restructuring freed up $6.75 million, and releasing Jacobs saved the team $4.9 million for a savings of roughly $11.5 million in 2012.

However, re-signing wideout Domenik Hixon for $615,000 and placing the franchise tag on punter Steve Weatherford for approximately $2.6 million, added about $3.3 million to the bottom line.

New York, of course, can address the needs mentioned above either through the draft or free agency.
Here's a look at some of the free agents that might be on the Giants' wish list:

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