By Michael Stewart/@TheTruthNYG
Welcome to my 2021 “free agent” mock signing post where I break down who I foresee GM Dave Gettleman adding to the roster for 2021.
The Giant’s had roughly $38M cap space to work with after cuts and restructures/extensions. They certainly made the most of it in this mock free agent scenario. The Giant have tough decisions to make with their free agents. Money needs to be spread around. In this scenario, DT Dalvin Tomlinson and OLB Kyler Fackrell will not be returning in 2021. Wayne Gallman, however, will return on a 2 year/$5.8M deal. DT/DE Leonard Williams will agree on a 4-year deal @ $76M in principle. This deal won’t be finalized until after June 1st and will be backloaded.
Top 3 new Giants in this mock scenario:
- Corey Davis (WR): Davis isn’t as good as Robinson or Golladay. Both players have been tagged in this scenario. Davis is no slouch as he had a solid 2020 season. Davis 4 year/38M deal will give the Giants a much-needed offensive weapon for QB Daniel Jones. The Giants should also draft a wide receiver within the 1st three rounds in the draft. GRADE: B+.
- Jonathan Hankins (DT): With limited cap space and the decision to re-sign Leonard Williams, Dalvin Tomlinson will test free agency. The Giants bring back a familiar face in Jonathon Hankins on a 1-year deal worth $2.8M with performance incentives. Hankins can still clog the middle of the line, an effective run stuffer. The Giants should also look towards the draft on Day 3 for a defensive tackle. GRADE B.
- Ahkello Witherspoon (CB): Witherspoon played in a limited role with the 49ers in 2020, but had an impressive 80.9 coverage grade. Witherspoon is 25 years old with length (6’2) and can compete for the CB2 role on a 1 year deal/$3.5M. Also, expect Gettleman to draft a cornerback in the upcoming draft on Day 2 or 3. GRADE B+.
Gettleman will spend $34.5 with $15.8M in cap space on the top 3 free agents, including $16M for Leonard Williams and Wayne Gallman’s $2.7M for 2021. Gettleman has an additional $10M in cap space after June 1st. As expected Nate Solder could be released; which roughly $6.5M can be used on the draft picks. If so, that would leave the Giants with roughly $7M to fill out the remaining roster spots. Would have loved to have brought in Golladay or Robinson and kept Tomlinson, however; I was trying to be as realistic as possible based on the team’s limited cap space and the multiple needs at other positions.
Overall grade on these signings is a B-.