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NFL Free Agency: Giants May Stick With Goff At MLB

CHICAGO - AUGUST 22: Brandon  Rideau #84 of the Chicago Bears is tackled by Jonathan Goff #54 of the New York Giants during a pre-season game on August 22, 2009 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Giants 17-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IMarch 8, 2010

It’s obvious to everyone from the parking attendants at the Meadowlands to the ownership that the Giants must find a player to replace Antonio Pierce . They need to do this before the draft.

Every fantasy player is telling you they should draft a MLB. I agree, but there is no rookie alive that is going to start day one of his career calling defensive signals in the NFL. As a coach, you’d have to have your head examined to expect a rookie to run your defense.

They need an experienced player at MLB, and that is why Karlos Dansby was considered a “must-have” for the Giants this offseason. Instead, they opted to spend on a safety, which they also needed. Now, they have to scour the RFA list for a possible deal. There are some good players, but very few that possess the qualifications the Giants need.

Many feel that Oakland’s Kirk Morrison, tendered at a third-round level, might be the answer. So far, the Giants have made no moves in that direction.

I think the Giants are hoping that Jonathan Goff can fill the bill for now. He’s a bright young man and tough player (he has an engineering degree from Vanderbilt) and he has experience with the headset. If he can build on his performance of last season, there may not be an immediate need to draft a linebacker in the early rounds unless someone they covet falls to them.

Fans are barking about Rolando McClain, Brandon Spikes, and others as possible first round draft picks, but if you know the Giants that first rounder is rarely a “need” player.  They will take the best player available regardless of position.

This is a deep draft and there may be someone at 15 they just can’t pass on. The LA Times projects that player could be Notre Dame WR Golden Tate. A receiver? Think about it. How many receiving options do the Saints, Colts, and Vikings have…four or five each?  In this pass-happy league, this would not be the craziest move by a long shot.

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