After a disappointing 2012 campaign for the New York Giants, there are a handful of positions the G-Men must address in order to contend for the Lombardi Trophy in the 2013 season.
From the secondary to the offensive line, Big Blue has holes that must be filled through either the 2013 NFL draft or free agency.
I've already detailed where money is best spent this offseason—including on some under-the-radar free agents like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Now, it's time to get into where the Giants should keep their wallets closed.
Here are five free agents the Giants should avoid this offseason.
Dwight Freeney was one of the best defensive ends in the game for a number of years, but that time has come to an end.
At the age of 32, Freeney was asked by the Indianapolis Colts to go from a 4-3 DE to a 3-4 outside linebacker, and the experiment didn't work.
According to NFL.com's Kareem Copeland, Freeney realizes his days with the Colts are probably numbered.
He had just 12 tackles and five sacks this season, and with his age increasing and his performance decreasing, this isn't a good fit for Big Blue.
Coming off a $72 million deal with Indianapolis, I don't think Freeney is going to be on board for a low-grade deal this offseason.
The eventual loss of Osi Umenyiora will sting, but New York shouldn't look to close the wound by targeting Freeney in the free-agent market.
With his best days behind him and Lovie Smith no longer on the sidelines, Brian Urlacher's career with the Chicago Bears could be coming to a close.
ESPN's Kevin Seifert writes that the Chicago organization has a huge decision to make, but that there has been no commitment from new head coach, Marc Trestman, regarding the veteran's future with the team.
Urlacher missed four games this season with injury and wasn't as productive as we're accustomed to seeing the eight-time Pro Bowler, as his numbers were down across the board.
He'll be 35 when the 2013 season begins, and while he probably still has something left in the tank, the Giants need to get younger and faster at MLB (sorry, Chase Blackburn).
Sorry, Mr. Urlacher, but your services aren't needed in New York.
Well, actually, the Jets could probably use you.
Two words: injury-prone.
When healthy, Danny Amendola is one of the most explosive and thrilling wideouts in the NFL, but he's had trouble staying on the field.
In his four-year career with the St. Louis Rams, Amendola only played in all 16 games once, including one game in 2011 and only 12 this past season.
At 27, Amendola can still turn his career around because the talent is definitely there, but teams will be taking a huge chance in signing the 5'11" receiver.
From a Giants standpoint, Amendola would be a No. 3 receiver to Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
It just wouldn't make sense for New York to pay Amendola a decent chunk of change to be a part-time contributor to the offense.
Besides, the Giants have bigger offseason needs than WR.
After seeing Corey Webster fold down the stretch, New York will likely be looking to bolster its secondary by addressing the need for a cornerback.
Sean Smith had a decent season for the Miami Dolphins in 2012—posting 59 tackles, two interceptions and three forced fumbles—but it wasn't an elite season for the 25-year-old.
And according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Smith will be seeking elite-corner money:
Elite cornerbacks are expecting $10 million per season. Agents will be looking at Brandon Carr's five-year $50 million deal with Dallas and Jason McCourty's 5-year, $43 million deal to stay in Tennessee and see that as the numbers to shoot for.
So Carr is averaging $10 million a year while McCourty is averaging $8.6 million per year.
That's the zip code cornerback Sean Smith expects to inhabit at the start of free agency. And yes, he's likely going to free agency. I don't think the Dolphins will pay that kind of money for Smith. They see him as a good player who still has unmet potential. They do not see him as a game-changer or playmaker.
Sorry, but Smith is not worth that type of money.
If the G-Men are going to dole out the cash on a CB this offseason, his name better be Darrelle Revis.
If the Giants could get Smith for cheaper, perhaps in the $6-7 million range, it'd be acceptable, but he definitely doesn't deserve elite money.
The Giants are familiar with players who abuse gun laws—thanks, Plaxico—and that's exactly what Andre Smith did this offseason.
Smith had a solid season for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012, but running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis averaged just 3.9 YPC and Andy Dalton was the third most sacked quarterback in the NFL.
Obviously, that can't all be attributed to Smith, but the statistics don't lie and neither does the law.
The last thing the Giants need is another gun-toting distraction.
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