New York Giants: Remaining Offseason Priorities

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistMay 6, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07: Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants congratulates  Victor Cruz #80 after Cruz scored a touchdown in the second half against the Cleveland Browns on October 7, 2012 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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With the draft and free agency out of the way and offseason workouts heating up, let's take a step back and make a checklist of things the New York Giants have to accomplish between now and the start of the 2013 regular season.


1. Re-sign Victor Cruz

Tom Coughlin admitted last week that Cruz's contract situation is "a concern," but John Mara is optimistic a deal will get done. Cruz can no longer sign with anyone else, but he's yet to sign his $2.879 million tender and could gain some leverage by holding out into the 2013 season. Big Blue can't let that happen, so the two sides have to get something done this summer. 

Deadline: Late August (soft deadline of June 17, at which point the Giants can reduce the tender to $594,000)


2. Decide where to put Justin Pugh

Coughlin has already suggested that the first-round pick out of Syracuse will be the starting right tackle, but there are a lot of questions regarding Pugh's ability to play that position. If he's better suited as a guard, Pugh might have to beat out Kevin Boothe to start from the get-go.

We won't get a good feel for how ready Pugh is as a right tackle until the preseason, so he, Boothe, James Brewer and David Diehl won't likely know their roles until then.

Deadline: Late August


3. Determine the defensive front seven hierarchy 

The Giants have quantity up front, but we don't know how much quality there is among the front seven. Options to complement Jason Pierre-Paul on the edge include Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Damontre Moore and Adrian Tracy. Options to work inside with Linval Joseph include Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Johnathan Hankins, Shaun Rogers and Marvin Austin. And if Kiwanuka remains on the line, they'll have three new starting linebackers to name before the opener.

Deadline: Week 1


4. Extend Hakeem Nicks' contract

Nicks is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason, which is why he should be prioritized almost as much as Cruz right now. The Giants can't afford to let that dynamic young duo get away. 

Deadline: Sometime in the fall