Deciding Fate of New York Giants' Key 2014 Unrestricted Free Agents

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Deciding Fate of New York Giants' Key 2014 Unrestricted Free Agents
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Should the Giants re-sign Hakeem Nicks after a second consecutive disappointing season?

The New York Giants have 24 unrestricted free agents to consider re-signing heading into the offseason, but, in reality, there are only five who were key players for Big Blue in 2013. Whether the Giants should retain these players will be evaluated in the following slideshow. Also, the final slide will cover some other notable UFAs who could have a role on this team in 2014.

The decision to re-sign key unrestricted free agents cannot be based solely on performance. Many contributing factors will determine whether they're a part of the Giants' plan next season, not the least of which is the money they will command.

Based on figures provided by and early projections of the 2014 NFL salary cap, the Giants are currently about $17 million under the projected cap. This figure will likely increase after New York inevitably cuts some bloated salaries and restructures the contracts of other players.

While the Giants should have a good amount of money to spend this offseason, a healthy portion of it will have to go toward signing other teams’ free agents as well as inking their 2014 draft picks. Therefore, managing the dollars allotted to securing their own key UFAs will be vital to maximize the ability to sign new players.

With the complexity of the situation facing the Giants' front office, let’s dive in, starting with arguably Big Blue’s 2013 defensive MVP.

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