Report: New York Giants Might Pursue Former Jaguars LB Daryl Smith

Doug RushSenior Analyst IMarch 2, 2013

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 19:  Linebacker Daryl Smith #52 of the Jacksonville Jaguars celebrates his sack against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 19, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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One of the positions the New York Giants could use an upgrade in is at middle linebacker.

They are looking to bring back Chase Blackburn, but Blackburn would be best added as depth and backup to have for leadership.

According to a story from Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union, the Giants might look into pursuing long-time Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith.

Sam Spiegelman of SNY Giants also reported the news of Smith potentially landing with the Giants, which cited Stellino's story.


Report: Giants could have interest in Jaguars' Daryl Smith -

— SNYGiants (@SNYGiants) March 2, 2013


The 30-year-old linebacker missed most of the 2012 season with a groin injury, but is still one of the top free agents at the position.

In his last full season where he was healthy, Smith had 107 total tackles with 3.5 sacks and one interception for the Jaguars back in 2011.

New Jacksonville GM David Caldwell has said the team is not looking to sign free agents once the period to starts on March 12, so it looks like the franchise's all-time leader in tackles will be finding a new home come 2013.

It makes sense for the Giants to pursue a solid linebacker like Smith, considering Blackburn is a free agent, as is Keith Rivers. The team released veteran Michael Boley in February because of salary cap reasons.

Some have wondered if the Giants could draft a linebacker in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, but question marks surround the potential names the Giants could go after, like as Georgia's Alec Ogletree and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o.

Smith was a second-round pick for Jacksonville back in the 2004 NFL Draft and became an immediate starter for their defense since then.

Smith would be the kind of under-the-radar type move that would really fit the Giants defense and make an improvement to the unit for the 2013 season.

With free agency set to kick off in 10 days, it'll be interesting to see if the Giants make a bold change to their linebacker unit and add a solid veteran like Smith.

Stay tuned, Giants fans.