With the New York Giants having officially missed the playoffs for the fourth time in the past five years, the roster is expected to undergo a significant overhaul this coming offseason.
For starters, general manager Jerry Reese will have to make decisions on approximately 27 free agents, both restricted and unrestricted.
Some of the notable names on the list include running back Andre Brown, linebacker Jon Beason, corners Terrell Thomas and Trumaine McBride, defensive end Justin Tuck, defensive tackle Linval Joseph and receiver Hakeem Nicks.
Although the 2014 salary cap won’t be announced until early next year, OvertheCap.com projects that the Giants currently have approximately $108.189 million already committed to 2014’s salary cap.
Based on OTC’s estimates, the Giants should have an estimated $16.583 million in cap space with which to work—and that doesn’t include any upcoming contract terminations or restructurings that might be in the works.
Why is all this important to know? Because as the Giants prepare a plan for how they are going to rebuild their underachieving roster, the moves they make in free agency, which begins on March 11, 2014, could potentially affect how they plan to draft.
Here’s an early look at the Giants' five most pressing needs, and some prospective veteran free agents and draft candidates who might be a good fit to fill them.