The New York Giants have a number of needs that need to be addressed this offseason as the team looks to defend their Super Bowl title in 2012.
New York has been relatively quiet this offseason, but that really comes to no surprise.
Jerry Reese and the Giants have had inadequate cap space to work with, which has in turn limited the team to re-signing key players from last year's team while also adding a few cheap veteran salaries.
Here is a list of players that the Giants have re-signed and added through free agency:
|Terrell Thomas||CB||Four years,$28 million|
|Steve Weatherford||P||Five years,$12.75 million|
|David Carr||QB||One year, $925,000|
|Chris Horton||S||One year|
|Martellus Bennett||TE||One year, $2.5 million|
|Jake Ballard||TE||One year, $540,000|
|Bruce Johnson||CB||One year, $540,000|
|Domenik Hixon||WR||One year, $615,000|
Now, on to the Giants' needs.
The Giants' offensive line is certainly an area that the team needs to address. The Giants have parted ways with last year's starting right tackle Kareem Mackenzie, which opens up a tremendous void.
The Giants have to consider drafting an offensive tackle early, even though they have a potential replacement in James Brewer already on the roster.
Mike Adams of Ohio State has been a popular choice as the Giants' first-round pick, which makes a ton of sense because of how great of a run-blocker the tackle is.
The Giants received great play from their linebacking corps as the season progressed, but the team may have to look for new options for the position with Chase Blackburn and Johnathan Goff currently on the open market.
It is difficult to image that one of the top linebackers will fall to the Giants at the end of the first round, so the team should really consider bringing either of the two back.
The Giants need to go after a running back in this year's draft to replace Brandon Jacobs and due to the fact that Ahmad Bradshaw has been injury-prone over the course of his career.
Chris Polk and David Wilson could still be on the board when it's the Giants turn select in Round 2, and I would expect the team to select either if they were available.