The NFL offseason will finally get into full swing with the start of free agency on Tuesday, March 12.
The New York Giants should be active in trying to grab their share of the available players that will hit the market. Thoughts of bringing home top performers at top dollar, however, must be to rest before the craziness kicks off.
Big Blue is currently about $9 million under the cap after Corey Webster took a pay cut on Thursday. New York will likely open up more cap space before free agency starts by restructuring other contracts and possibly cutting a player such as David Diehl.
With news that Kenny Phillips' time with the team may be be coming to an end, the only players of the Giants 26 free agents that will almost definitely be retained are Victor Cruz, Kevin Boothe and Stevie Brown. Martellus Bennett, Andre Brown, Jim Cordle and Adrian Tracy are likely to get a serious look as well.
Therefore, the Giants should have a modest amount of money to spend on other teams' free agents but not enough to grab some of the most sought after players. Don't expect to see guys like Cliff Avril, Andre Smith, Andy Levitre and Dannell Ellerbe in the coming slides.
The focus of the players New York should target will be on defense and along the offensive line. It would be a mistake for Big Blue to spend significant dollars in any other area.