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First Day of Free Agency Should Clear Up Giants' Draft Needs

SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 14:  Safety Antrel Rolle #21 of the Arizona Cardinals walks on the field prior to their game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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Mike GliddonCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2010

Have we ever seen a more exciting first day of free agency? I'm not sure, but it was a roller coaster of a ride.

Several big names switched locations, including Julius Peppers to the Bears, Karlos Dansby to the Dolphins, and Antrel Rolle to the Giants. The Cardinals also traded disgruntled wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the Ravens for third and fourth round draft picks.

So, with two of the three biggest names now moving on to locations other than the Meadowlands, what do the Giants do next?

Rolle, believe this or not, is currently the highest paid safety in the history of the NFL. He is a good young player and still may have some potential, but highest paid safety ever?

The deal is worth a reported $37 million over five years. That's a crazy amount for someone of Rolle's caliber.

It would appear that Jerry Reese and the front office will not go after a safety in the draft, considering Rolle, Michael Johnson, Kenny Phillips, Aaron Rouse, and even C.C. Brown (I don't know why) are either under contract or being tendered for the 2010 season.

Since Dansby and Peppers signed on with other teams, it would appear Osi will remain with New York. Not a bad thing if he can get his act together. Another linebacker will be targeted, either in the draft or free agency.

Kirk Morrison is an interesting name out there for the Giants to consider. He comes from Oakland, which may not necessarily be a good thing, but he has been a solid force against the run in his five years with the Raiders.

If the Giants don't go after a linebacker in the remaining days of free agency, expect a guy like Rolando McClain to be taken if he falls in the first round. Brandon Spikes from Florida or Sean Lee out of Linebacker U (Penn State) could be taken in the second round.

The Giants may very well go with defensive tackle in the first round now. They have tendered Barry Cofield and still have Rocky Bernard, Chris Canty, and Jay Alford on the roster for next year. Guys like Brian Price (UCLA), Jared Odrick (Penn State), or Terrance Cody (Alabama) are all first round talents. Depending what the Giants front office sees in these guys, it appears certain that a defensive tackle will be taken with the 15th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

 

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