2011 NFL Free Agency: After Re-Signing Bradshaw, 5 Moves the Giants Must Make

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2011 NFL Free Agency: After Re-Signing Bradshaw, 5 Moves the Giants Must Make
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As a New York Giants fan, it's been frustrating watching teams such as the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams acquire big-name free agents while the Giants—for the most part—have stayed pat.

Limited because its team salary is over the 2011 salary cap—ESPN's John Clayton estimates that the Giants are $6.1 million over the salary cap—New York has been forced to sit and watch as other NFC contenders have made drastic moves to improve their teams. 

Aside from the re-signings of Ahmad Bradshaw (four years, $18 million) and Mathias Kiwanuka (undisclosed), and the acquisition of former San Francisco 49ers center David Baas (five years, $26 million), the Giants have done nothing to improve a team that missed the playoffs for the second straight year in 2010. 

Additionally, New York has yet to reach a deal with free agents Steve Smith and Kevin Boss, whom have been key components of the Giants' offense in recent years, and with Osi Umenyiora looking for a bigger contact, the Giants may be without one of their top pass rushers from last year.

With that said, there are still plenty of talented free agents available for the Giants to target. Of course, the Giants will have to sign them at a relatively low price.  

With pressing needs at tight end, linebacker and offensive line, New York must acquire players can come in and provide the team with youth, talent, and most importantly, depth. 

Here are five moves the Giants must make this offseason. 

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