NFL Free Agency: David Baas Freshens Up an Aging New York Giants Line

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 29:  Center David Baas #64 of the San Francisco 49ers prepares to snap the football to Troy Smith #1 during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on November 29, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The 49ers defeated the Cardinals 27-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Christian Petersen/Getty Images reports that the New York Giants have come to terms with powerful San Francisco 49ers center David Baas.

The signing is a smart move by the G-Men and is a major signal of intent.  Last season the Giants' efficient offensive line began to falter, as age and injuries took their toll.

The Associate Press (via Sports Illustrated) recently reported that the Giants intend to part way with veteran mainstays Rich Seubert and Shaun O'Hara.

O'Hara in particular would be a big loss.  He has been a reliable anchor for the Giants line and his play often dictates the success of Big Blue's blocking schemes.

Securing a player as talented as Baas to replace O'Hara is a minor coup.  Baas is a strong and skilled technician who is equally comfortable with both finesse and drive blocking styles.

The 6'4", 330-pounder has also played guard and offers great flexibility to the Giants line.  Baas has been a key contributor to the success of the 49ers ground game in recent seasons.

The Giants have taken a key step toward equipping themselves for a playoff run in 2011.  A playmaking linebacker added to the acquisition of Baas would mark an impressive foray into free agency.