Taking a Closer Look at the Giants Needs This Offseason

Jeffrey SchmidtCorrespondent IIIMarch 26, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Chris Polk #1 of the Washington Huskies celebrates a 31-23 lead over the California Golden Bears in the last minute of the game at Husky Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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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:

Player Position Contract
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.

Offensive Line

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.

Middle Linebacker

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.

Running 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.