The NFL calendar resets at 4 p.m. EST on March 11.
At that time, free agency opens up, and those with contracts set to expire with their current teams will be unrestricted to the opportunities provided by the league's 31 other ball clubs. The New York Giants, looking to add talent after a 7-9 season, will begin their hunt at that moment.
Through the years, the Giants have acquired hundreds—maybe thousands—of free agents. Many are forgettable; some are mere camp bodies that never see the field outside of preseason exhibitions. Others are stopgaps, admirably filling in at a position of need for a season or two before continuing the trail of an NFL journeyman.
And yet there are a handful of free agents who have made a lasting impression with Big Blue, carving their names into the annals of Giants history. Not all of New York's greatest football heroes began their careers in the city that never sleeps—they were imported, instead, as free agents.
This article will commemorate and rank the top-five free agency acquisitions in New York Giants history, based on each player's historical significance and on-field impact with the team.