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What to do, what to do?
The Giants' most open-ended positional gap lies at linebacker, where the team has already severed ties with outside 'backer Michael Boley. Needing help at all three spots, the first step would be to sign veteran Daryl Smith for a cheap price.
After spending most of 2012 on injured reserve, Smith recorded six tackles in two games for the Jaguars. As an eight-year veteran who topped 100 tackles in 2011, Smith's age and recent history will drive his asking price down this offseason.
Smith could be positioned opposite Mathias Kiwanuka or Jacquian Williams on the outside, or could play in the middle to replace looming free agent Chase Blackburn. He's run-focused and ready to provide veteran leadership—this is a perfect fit.
Expect the Giants to re-sign Blackburn if his cost is low enough, while the G-Men will likely target a linebacker in the first round of April's draft. Rey Maualuga and Larry Foote are likely too pricy, while James Harrison will be pursued by just about everyone.
One quiet target could be Green Bay's Brad Jones, who notched 77 tackles last year. Jones has experience at inside and outside linebacker, and will likely fly under the radar after only starting 10 games in 2012.
Jones, Smith and a combination of Kiwanuka, Williams and Herzlich could make for a solid linebacking core.