5 Most Important Free-Agent Targets for New York Giants

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5 Most Important Free-Agent Targets for New York Giants
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As the NFL offseason continues, the New York Giants have yet to really make any big moves. They placed the franchise tag on punter Steve Weatherford, but let Mario Manningham sign with the 49ers and Aaron Ross go to the Jaguars.

Nonetheless, almost all of the defending Super Bowl champions will remain with the team next season.

Although the Giants did win the Super Bowl last season in impressive fashion, they do have some gaping holes in their lineup. After recently releasing Brandon Jacobs, the Giants will need at least one more running back to compliment Ahmad Bradshaw—especially due to Bradshaw's recent history with injuries.

The Giants also have a need to bolster their offensive line, with aging right tackle Kareem McKenzie very unlikely to return. And of course, with the loss of Manningham, the Giants could always use a dependable third wide receiver alongside Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

On the defensive side, the Giants' biggest need is middle linebacker.

The Giants' defensive line has led the defense for years, but ever since Antonio Pierce retired, the Giants have struggled to find a leader at middle linebacker. Now would be a good time to either sign a dependable veteran to fill the role for a year or two, or to draft a really good linebacker in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft.

With Ross no longer on the team, the Giants could also use more depth within their secondary.

Giants' general manager Jerry Reese plans on signing some free agents in the coming days, so it will be interesting to see how this will unfold. With tat being said, in no particular order, here are five players that the Giants should definitely target in the free agency period.

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