The New York Giants do not usually like to make a big splash in free agency. General manager Jerry Reese builds his team around solid draft classes, preferring to develop homegrown talent rather than get into bidding wars for other teams’ superstars.
However, Reese and the Giants do find reasonably priced veterans through free agency. These veterans are often players who need little development, which allows head coach Tom Coughlin and his staff to trust them to fill vital roles almost immediately.
While New York certainly tends to focus on the draft, there are a few standout Giants who were acquired through free agency. For example, Michael Boley was brought in from the Atlanta Falcons in 2009, safety Antrel Rolle came over from the Arizona Cardinals in 2010, and Martellus Bennett left the Dallas Cowboys to join the Giants this past summer.
New York is also not a team that carries a ton of extra cash in its pocket. The Giants usually hover right around the salary cap. Just before this season, they were actually $700,000 over the cap (h/t ESPN.com). This explains the team’s frugal behavior in free agency.
Here's a four-player shopping list for the Giants to mull over during the 2013 free-agency period.