The New York Giants made plenty of solid moves during the first week of free agency. However, they still have some work to do before this key part of the offseason can be deemed a success.
Since free agency started on March 11, New York has addressed need areas like the offensive line—through the additions of guard Geoff Schwartz and center J.D. Walton—and running back—with the Rashad Jennings signing. Also, re-signing middle linebacker Jon Beason and inking outside linebacker Jameel McClain solidifies the second level of Big Blue’s defense.
Even the secondary looks deeper than it has in recent years, with safety Stevie Brown and cornerback Trumaine McBride back on the team and newcomers in cornerback Walter Thurmond III and safety Quintin Demps also figuring as key contributors (the latter more so as New York’s possible new kickoff return man). New York may not be done either, with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie still firmly in their sights despite their slew of secondary moves.
The departures, though, of Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph have suddenly left the defensive line lacking depth and proven players. In addition, New York still needs to address tight end and wide receiver—two areas of need before free agency started.
The following slides list six players that the Giants should consider signing as free agency leaves the frenzy of the first week and enters calmer waters. The players are ranked based on three criteria; do they fit a need, how well do they fit that need and is it realistic that New York could sign the player.
Let's keep all this in the context that New York, as of March 16, is somewhere south of $12.8 million under the cap, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.