Buying or Selling Latest Free Agent Buzz Surrounding New York Giants
Free agent rumors and buzz surrounding the New York Giants are swirling around more than a windy Sunday afternoon inside the old Meadowlands Stadium.
So far this offseason, Giants general manager Jerry Reese has most notably cut the under-performing and salary-cap-killers Michael Boley, Chris Canty and Ahmad Bradshaw.
Keeping in mind that everything regarding free agency is speculation until the clock strikes 12:01 on March 12, there are five buzz-worthy rumors involving the Giants.
The question now remains, are you buying or selling what you're hearing?
Here's a closer look.
Freeney Is Too Pricey
Dwight Freeney to New York = selling.
Freeney says he's interested in the Giants, but Big Blue is more invested in managing their salary cap space than they are with signing an expensive defensive end.
Even if Freeney would make Giants fans forget about Osi Umenyiora, he wouldn't make sense unless he wants to take the veterans' minimum.
“Playing in New York would be attractive,” Freeney told SiriusXM Radio. “Playing for (the Giants) would be a dream.”
Would Giants fans rather see Freeney wearing the number 93 instead of Chase Blackburn? Of course.
The fact remains that the 33-year-old earned a whopping $14 million base salary with the Indianapolis Colts in 2012, and signing him will likely obstruct the G-Men from spending money on their own free agent studs.
Grimes No Longer in His Prime
Brent Grimes to New York = selling.
A torn Achilles Tendon sidelined Atlanta Falcons cornerback Grimes for all but one game in 2012, but he's still on the Giants' radar for some reason.
His stellar 2010 and 2011 seasons are nice memories, but the soon-to-be 30 year old will be a big question mark for any team that picks him up in 2013.
The Giants have already decided to bring back Terrell Thomas, and acquiring Grimes will just make it two cornerbacks that the Giants front office can hold their breath on.
The Giants secondary was picked on and dissected by quarterbacks early and often last season, and bringing in Grimes is not the way to rebound in 2013.
Grimes also earned over $10 million for one game played last season.
Chase Blackburn staying in New York = buying.
Giants free agent Chase Blackburn could be returning for a ninth go-around with Big Blue according to his agent Richard Katz.
“The Giants have expressed a desire to re-sign Chase,’’ Richard Katz, Blackburn’s agent, told The Post Friday.
“We believe Chase has been very valuable to the club, both on and off the field. Right now we are assessing his dollar value to the Giants and reviewing all possible alternatives including the Giants.”
Now that Boley and Canty are gone, the depth chart has gotten a little more shallow, and re-signing Chase has suddenly become important.
Jacquian Williams and Spencer Paysinger are entering their third seasons and should be ready to take charge at this point, but Blackburn will likely be needed as insurance if he and the Giants can get the dollars right.
Lawrence Tynes staying in New York = selling.
Tynes just finished his five-year, $7 million contract with Big Blue and all indications point to the G-Men parting ways with the 35-year-old kicker.
To support this theory, the Giants signed former Cowboys kicker David Buehler on February 13.
Despite Buehler missing 2012 as a result of a torn adductor muscle, he will give Big Blue the big leg that they have been looking for.
Tynes' two memorable and clutch NFC Championship game kicks will never be forgotten, but age and timing appear to have caught up to him—expect Tynes to be out and Buehler to be the man in 2013.
Martellus Bennett staying in New York = selling.
Free agent Martellus Bennett took to twitter saying that he does prefer to remain a New York Giant, but also mentioned that his second choice would be to play with his brother Michael Bennett—also a free agent.
His brother is a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the Bucs have a lot more cap room than the Giants and less players to consider for long-term contracts.
The Giants still need to consider the futures of Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Will Beatty and others.
Logic dictates that the Bennett brothers may get their wish to play together—in Tampa, not New York.