The 2020 offseason is a very important one for Dave Gettleman and the Giants. With rising young stars like Saquon Barkley and Daniel Jones on their rookie contracts, now is the time for Big Blue to spend big money elsewhere and build the most complete team they can.
And while there are players the Giants should definitely go after, there are also players they should avoid. Here are seven who might not be worth the Giants' time and money ...
EDGE Shaq Barrett
Pass rush is a huge priority for the Giants this season, but most of the big names are likely to get tagged (either with the franchise or the transition tag), including the Buccaneers' top edge rusher in Barrett . But if for some reason Barrett isn't tagged, he's likely to come with a huge price tag, and the Giants should question whether a potential one-year flash in the pan is worth a multi-year deal.
Barrett bet on himself with a one-year deal last season, and it paid off (soon to be quite literally) for the 27-year-old, as he led the NFL with 19.5 sacks and is set for a big-time payday. But in his five seasons with Denver, he combined for just 14.0 sacks, so which player would the Giants really be getting?
CB Logan Ryan
Ryan is another free agent with obvious connections to the Giants. Born in Berlin, N.J., Ryan played his college football at Rutgers, and after being drafted by the Patriots in 2013, he spent four seasons with Giants new head coach Joe Judge as an assistant coach.
The first time he reached free agency in 2017, the Tennessee Titans gave him a three-year, $30 million deal, and while he was a solid player for the Titans, he wasn't a playmaker in the secondary. He totaled just four interceptions in three seasons, and all of them came in 2019.
Ryan also just turned 29, and as we all know, most NFL players tend to lose a step when they hit the 30-years-old mark. The Giants would probably be best to look elsewhere for cornerback help.
QB Tom Brady
Whether it's justified or not, there's been a lot of "Tom Brady to the Giants" buzz this offseason. With Judge coming from New England, there's an obvious connection there. And wouldn't it just grind Patriots fans' gears if Brady left New England to join a team he lost to in two Super Bowls?
At the end of the day, though, the Giants are best to stick with Daniel Jones, who showed a lot of promise as a future face of the franchise during his rookie season. Bringing in a veteran behind Jones (and presumably ahead of Alex Tanney) makes a lot of sense, but Brady isn't going anywhere as a backup, and this is all probably just posturing for a better deal to stay with New England anyway.
T Jason Peters
The Giants need help across the offensive line, and even with Nate Solder on the roster, upgrading tackle is still a must. Peters has built a Hall of Fame-worthy career, with nine Pro Bowl selection, two All-Pro selections, and a Super Bowl ring.
The Giants have seen plenty of Peters, as he played 11 seasons in Philadelphia, but the Eagles recently announced that they will let Peters hit the open market. And while there's still a small chance they re-unite, Peters will most likely be with a new team in 2020.
Even if the Giants were to sign Peters to a one-year deal and draft a tackle early at the end of April, Peters has had trouble staying on the field over the past few seasons. Yes, he's started 29 games over the last two seasons, but he often left the field during games due to either lingering injuries or new ones.
The Giants would surely love to have a presence like Peters in their offensive line room, but they have too many needs to use a big chunk of cap space on a 38-year-old player who might not be able to stay on the field.
WR Nelson Agholor
At the wide receiver position, the Giants are in decent shape with Sterling Shepard, Golden Tate, and Darius Slayton as the presumed top three on the depth chart. But if they do look to add a receiver in free agency, it's natural they would take a look at a player who they've seen twice a year over the past five seasons.
Agholor has the speed and explosiveness to be an elite receiver, but he's just never been able to put it all together, struggling with consistency throughout his career. During his first two seasons, he totaled just 59 combined catches with three touchdowns, and Philly fans were ready to run him out of town.
Then, when the Eagles put Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith around him, Agholor emerged as one of the best slot receivers in the league, catching 62 passes for 768 yards and eight touchdowns. He put up similar numbers in 2018, but he had some struggles in 11 games in 2019, averaging a career-worst 9.3 yards per catch.
Agholor's inconsistency outweighs his raw athleticism.
DT Gerald McCoy
Defensive tackle is going to be a very, very interesting spot to watch for the Giants this offseason. The Leonard Williams dilemma is the first question to tackle. First of all, is he worth the money he's likely to land on the market? Second, even if he's not worth it, are the Giants forced to sign him anyway since they traded so much to get him?
In this scenario, let's say Williams leaves the Giants. McCoy would be one of the big names available on the market, and while he has a great resume, including six-straight Pro Bowls to his name, he's just not the player he used to be.
Now 32, McCoy had just 5.0 sacks in 16 games in his only season in Carolina, and he hasn't had more than 6.0 sacks in a season since 2016.
CB Trae Waynes
Coming out of Michigan State in 2015, Waynes was one of the top prospects in the entire draft class. In fact, he was the first cornerback taken that season, as the Vikings selected him with the 11th overall pick, seven picks ahead of Marcus Peters and 16 picks ahead of Byron Jones, both of whom have made Pro Bowls.
Waynes has just never become the star player the Vikings had hoped they were drafting. Over five seasons, he totaled seven interceptions and 42 pass break-ups, but he's never had more than three interceptions in a season.
He'll be 28 years old by the time the regular season starts, and while the Giants need help in the secondary, Waynes likely isn't the shutdown corner they're looking for.