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Terrell Thomas played in all 16 games in 2013.
Stevie Brown, S—He missed all of this past season with a torn ACL, but he is worth retaining as a third safety, especially if the Giants let fellow unrestricted free agent Ryan Mundy walk. Rolle and Will Hill, though, are entrenched as starters, assuming the ultra-talented Hill can better manage himself off the field.
Terrell Thomas, CB—Considering he has torn his ACL three times, Thomas had a strong 2013 campaign after missing the last two seasons. The 28-year-old played 588 snaps, mostly as a slot cornerback, and accomplished a 0.4 PFF rating.
He is worth keeping on a one-year deal.
Trumaine McBride, CB—The journeyman actually started 10 games for Big Blue and, according to Pro Football Focus, was their best cornerback with a 6.6 rating.
Like Thomas, he deserves to be retained on a one-year contract.
Brandon Myers, TE—He is a poor blocker (minus-9.1 combined PFF blocking rating) and a better fit in a West Coast offense. The Giants should let him walk.
Bear Pascoe, TE—He will probably only cost the Giants around $1 million to retain, and he is a useful player. His strength is as a run-blocker, as witnessed by his 2.4 PFF rating. New York should try to keep the 27-year-old for 2014.
Kevin Boothe, LG & C—Boothe provides much-needed flexibility, as he can play both guard and center. He should also come cheap, probably not commanding much more than the veteran’s minimum.
However, he should only be retained as a backup. He is not starting-caliber and doesn’t figure to drastically improve, considering he’ll be 31 at the start of next season.
David Diehl, RG—All signs point to Diehl retiring. If he does decide to continue playing, though, it shouldn’t be with Big Blue. His minus-26.5 PFF rating this past season proves his best days are way behind him.
Keith Rivers, OLB—Rivers played in all 16 games for the first time in his six-year NFL career, but he failed to impress. His biggest issue is that he is not a playmaker (only one sack and one pass defense) at a position that requires it.
The Giants are better off letting him walk and adding depth at outside linebacker in free agency or through the draft. Beason, Spencer Paysinger and Jacquian Williams should be the team’s 2014 starters at linebacker.
Aaron Ross, CB—McBride and Thomas are better options to provide depth at cornerback, and Prince Amukamara as well as Jayron Hosley are both under affordable contracts in 2014.
The Giants have no use for a player in Ross who will be 32 at the start of next season and missed most of 2013 with a back injury.
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