The free agency period is always a tough one to figure out with the New York Giants.
There are some years when the team is very inactive in free agency and, instead, relies upon the draft to rebuild the team. And then there are those years where they make a splash and sign big-name players.
For instance, in the offseason before 2009, the Giants added free agents like Chris Canty, Michael Boley and Rocky Bernard. Yet last year, the biggest names that the Giants added in free agency were Martellus Bennett and Sean Locklear, and they didn't cost the Giants that much money.
The Giants have to find a way to get under the salary cap before the 2013 season because they're roughly around $5 million over the cap right now.
At the same time, though, the Giants finished 9-7 last season and missed the playoffs after winning Super Bowl XLVI just one year ago, so Giants GM Jerry Reese will definitely be looking to make this team better.
Part of that strategy should include bringing back the key parts of the team that helped the Giants win the nine games that they did last season.
So what players do the Giants absolutely need to re-sign for 2013? Lets take a look.