The Giants don't have a ton of salary cap room. In fact, at the moment they really don't have any. So even if they make some cuts or restructure some contracts, they're likely to shop mostly in free agency's bargain bin.
The thing about the bargain bin, though, is that you can sometimes find real bargains -- valuable players that can actually help, for a price that is pretty low. So here are five still-available players the Giants might want to consider -- if, of course, their price is right:
RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) - He's 30 years old and his body has taken a beating over the years, so even though he's coming off his first 1,000-yard season since 2010 (1,161 yards), no one thinks he's a No. 1 back anymore. What he is is a 250-pound battering ram and a terrific goal-line back who had 18 touchdowns last season. The Giants, who have been a disaster in goal-line and short-yardage rushing in recent years, sure could use that kind of power in the backfield, and he could be the ideal complement to the smaller, speedier, shiftier, Paul Perkins.
TE Jared Cook (Packers) - The Packers were trying to re-sign the soon-to-be-30-year-old before talks broke off and they turned to Martellus Bennett instead. Cook apparently is looking for money teams aren't willing to commit, considering his middling career numbers. But while the 6-5, 254-pounder may not be a dynamic receiver, he proved to be a huge presence for the Packers (30-388-1 in 10 games) and opened up a ton of space for their excellent trio of receivers. He could do the same for the Giants, and his price tag is surely dropping.
T Ryan Clady (Jets) - The expectation is that D.J. Fluker was brought in to play right guard, which still leaves a gaping hole at right tackle. That could go to Bobby Hart, but the Giants could also move Ereck Flowers there at least temporarily. That would allow them to bring in a short-term veteran to man the left side. Clady, at age 30 and coming off shoulder surgery, surely won't get more than a one-year minimum deal, especially since he had ACL surgery in 2015. His breaking-down body is an issue, but he's good enough that it might be worth a low-risk deal to see if he can stay on the field.
C Nick Mangold (Jets) - Yes, the Giants have a center (Weston Richburg) and if Fluker really is a guard they don't need one of those either. What Mangold could bring, though, is a strong, veteran voice to the offensive line room. The 33-year-old is extremely well-respected and if he's healthy he could be a valuable veteran backup on what is a mostly thin offensive line. The Giants, at the moment, don't really have a backup center or guard they can fully trust.
DT Johnathan Hankins (Giants) - The idea of Hankins, who'll be 25 in two weeks, being in the bargain bin seemed ridiculous at the start of free agency. But the defensive tackle market never really materialized. And the longer Hankins goes without a deal, the longer the door is open for the Giants to swoop in and offer him a chance to re-establish his value for another run at free agency next season. The pros for Hankins would be his familiarity with the defense and a chance to play for a contender. The cons would be he'd be completely overshadowed by the other three players on the defensive line, which could hurt his market value. At the moment, though, he doesn't appear to have many other options, so the Giants at least have to try.