New York Giants Free Agency: Ben Patrick Signing Means No Zach Miller

Ryan SimonCorrespondent IIAugust 1, 2011

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Zach Miller #80 of the Oakland Raiders in action during their game against the St. Louis Rams at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants recently just signed tight end Ben Patrick.

With the contract stall going on with Kevin Boss, this is a great move. The Giants already used Jason Snelling as bargaining chip move to get Ahmad Bradshaw to sign. This time, they're taking it a step further.

Patrick is really no one than a No. 2 at tight end. I seriously doubt the Giants are using Patrick as their new No. 1, but more so as insurance, as well as hopefully a move that'll get Kevin Boss to sign. This signing also should put an end to any Zach Miller talk. 

Miller is a great tight end. Last year alone, Miller had 60 receptions for 685 yards and five touchdowns. But he's not the man the Giants need. 

The Giants already have their man in Kevin Boss. They drafted Boss, and he's been a Giant his whole career. Last season he had 35 receptions for 531 yards and five touchdowns. Sure, Miller has better stats, but he also got more touches

Between Ahmad Bradshaw, Brandon Jacobs, Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and possibly Steve Smith—there's not a lot of touches to going around. Miller is better off going to another team where he can get the touches he's accustomed to getting.

Boss already fits in with the Giants, and most importantly, he's familiar with the system. Miller would have little to not time to fit in and attempt to find his way in this offense.

It's always better to keep your own, especially in this crazy free agency period. Boss, just like every other player nowadays, wants more money. The problem is, the Giants have none. They're already over the cap, and they're struggling to even keep their own players, let alone go out and get others.

Some Giants fans may be mesmerized by all the moves the Eagles and Jets are making and think we need to follow suit. However, the Giants man focus right now is just to re-sign their players. That's it. 

Take care of your own, then look elsewhere. Not the other way around.