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Last-Minute Predictions for New York Giants Free Agency

Benjamin J. BlockCorrespondent IIOctober 18, 2016

Last-Minute Predictions for New York Giants Free Agency

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    Free agency—we are still in the calm before the storm, but the New York Giants didn't waste any time in beefing up a defense that finished 31st in 2012 by signing nine-year defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins on Monday to a three-year contract worth $8 million.

    Jenkins and his 38.5 career sacks will mesh nicely with Perry Fewell's 4-3 defense, but there will be all of the spring and summer to talk about that.

    The G-Men also made noise on Monday by giving highly coveted restricted free agent Victor Cruz a first-round tender, and Stevie Brown and Andre Brown second-round tenders.

    While we know the future of these four Giants on the eve of free agency, let's turn our attention to some last-minute predictions of who the Giants may sign and who they may let walk.


Tynes' Heart in San Francisco?

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    According to a report by Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com, "the 49ers are believed to be interested in free-agent kicker Lawrence Tynes."

    The 49ers released David Akers last week in large part because he only connected on 29 of 42 field goal attempts in 2012, and Tynes is on the 49ers short list of candidates to replace Akers.

    The Giants anticipated the courting of Tynes by several teams around the league this offseason, which is why they went out in mid-February and signed former Dallas Cowboys place kicker David Buehler.

    Big Blue is prepared for Tynes to walk away from New York, and that will likely be the case.

Barden Wants Bigger Role, Expect Him to Walk

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    The contract talks with Victor Cruz and the questionable health of Hakeem Nicks isn't reassuring enough for Ramses Barden to stick around to earn his opportunity here in New York.

    Barden didn't mix any words about his future plans either when he spoke with SiriusXM NFL Radio.

    Via NJ.com:

    I'm really kind of excited for the offseason, because as much fun as I've had in New York -- yeah, I was comfortable there -- it's probably best for me to start looking in other places for a new system, a refreshed sense of welcoming, Barden told SiriusXM NFL Radio today. I think everybody can benefit from newness in their lives at a certain time, and this is going to be one of those for me.

    Barden may not have been given the longest leash in his four seasons with Big Blue, but he clearly couldn't beat out Mario Manningham for a job, then Rueben Randle came in and out-shined him.

    Maybe it's best if Barden does "start looking in other places for a new system"?

Kenny Phillips Likely to Walk

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    Kenny Phillips is only 26 years old, and while the Giants probably expected a longer career in Big Blue for him when they drafted him 31 overall in 2008, injuries will likely cause both sides to say goodbye.

    The Giants need to have a healthy and efficient secondary in 2013, and Phillips may have exhausted all of his chances to bounce back with the G-Men.

    Since his standout seasons in 2010 and 2011, Phillips has shown no indication of returning to that form, and proving himself on a one-year contract with another team is probably what will happen for the youngster, but it just won't be in New York. 

Charles Woodson to Big Blue

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    The veteran Charles Woodson has made it clear that he wants to join a contender in 2013, and the Giants are certainly that, and they would love someone who can play safety or cornerback if needed.

    It sounds like a win-win, but via her NFL sources, Josina Anderson reported that Woodson is also considering the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.

    The possibility of Woodson and Antrel Rolle patrolling center field would take a lot of pressure off Prince Amukamara and Corey Webster, plus Stevie Brown could develop without being rushed to take on too much too early.

    Guys like Woodson don't come on the free-agent market often; general manager Jerry Reese recognizes that and will likely make a strong push for his services.

Michael Turner Coming North?

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    Michael Turner was officially released from the Atlanta Falcons because he failed a physical, but the 31-year-old running back still has a lot left in the tank.

    The failed physical was just a result from the ankle he aggravated in the NFC Championship Game—Turner is expected to ready in time for training camp.

    He can be a great security blanket for David Wilson as he matures and be a nice alternative to Andre Brown.

    Turner rushed for 800 yards last season, and he would be a great mentor to the younger guys.

    Sign him if the price is right, because as the Giants found out in 2012, you can never have too much depth at running back.

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