By: Marco Imperati
How The NY Giants Should Attack Free Agency
In 10 days, the New York Giants will begin to shape their roster in a new and ultra important 2015-2016 NFL season. Some subtle moves have been made like resigning Wide Receiver Kevin Ogletree and Offensive lineman Dallas Reynolds. Jerry Reese ventured into the CFL to sign the talented Brett Jones.
Finally, with one week until free agency begins, all signs point towards the Giants slapping the franchise tag on DE Jason Pierre-Paul tomorrow before 4:00, barring they’re not able to reach a long term deal.
Here is how I think the Giants should attack Free Agency:
1. Sign a younger offensive lineman that could bring versatility as a guard and tackle. I’m not advocating they spend the money they did last year on OL Geoff Schwartz, however a player that could help immediately and allow the team to play Justin Pugh at his best position.
2. Rework Jason Pierre Paul’s contract to a longer term deal. This would create more money the team could use and get them away from owning JPP an estimated $15 million that the franchise tag would be.
3. Allow Antrel Rolle to test the market with the intent to bring him back to the Giants. In the meantime, a veteran safety should be signed for depth and competition with Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor.
4. Sign a veteran Wide Receiver. Yes, Ogletree was resigned. But he won’t be the guy that keeps fans calm while Victor Cruz continues to rehab. Two players come to mind that I think would fit in great—Jason Avant and Jacoby Jones. Besides being a great blocker, Avant is familiar with the West Coast offense from his time spent with Andy Reid.
I think these are some building block moves that would infuse depth into the roster. Even better, it gives the team the upper hand come draft time where they’re not forced to fill a hole. There’s a lot of time to dissect what the team should do with the number 9 overall pick. For now, fill some holes in free agency and go out and draft the best players you can, regardless the position come draft time.