Jerry Reese has stated the Giants may not be as aggressive as they were last March in free agency, but also said he would explore every avenue to improve the roster. With yesterday's rumors regarding the Giants' sudden interest in Ndamakong Suh circulating throughout the internet, it's very possible that Reese is ready to let some more veterans go in order to do some serious bidding.
Last year, the Giants were mandated by management to upgrade the offense. They went headlong into free agency by signing veteran OL Geoff Schwartz and RB Rashad Jennings. Both players had their debut seasons with the Giants cut short and hampered by injuries. The club is still high on both players and expect them to produce as advertised this season.
QB: Reese claims that he will explore everything, but the plan at QB is still all about Eli Manning whether they sign him to a long term extension soon or not. Ryan Nassib is still the backup and the plan for him remains the same. The Giants are pleased with his development and, if they somehow cut ties with Eli, Nassib may become their starter. I doubt that particular angle will ever play out. The Giants have no need to carry three QBs, so even if they bring in one or two this summer, they will likely only keep two.
RB: Jennings will again be asked to be the "bellcow" that Reese said he could be, but Andre Williams has shown he can be productive and may carve into Jennings' snaps. They liked the way Orleans Darkwa handled himself last year as well. I don't see them plucking down any bucks on the current free agent crop with the draft loaded with running backs. You can count on the Giants to either draft one or sign one in the UDFA market.
FB: Henry Hynoski is headed for free agency and the Giants may feel confident they can re-sign him, like they did last year. Other options could include the Packers' John Kuhn (unless he signs back with GB), and bringing back Jon Conner, who is a free agent - again.
WR: Reese has reiterated that with Victor Cruz' knee still uncertain, he would not count out drafting a WR. And, with Odell Beckham Jr., Rueben Randle, Preston Parker, Corey Washington, Marcus Harris and Kevin Ogletree under contract, there isn't a need for a veteran FA. The Giants will only add to this group if they find an inexpensive option that is an upgrade.
TE: If you believe Larry Donnell is the real deal, then power to you. As much as Donnell has progressed, the Giants would like to add another. There are a few players in the draft and some in free agency. I don't expect the Giants to get into the bidding for Julius Thomas, but could look to bring in a Jordan Cameron or a Jermaine Gresham on a sweetheart of a deal.
OT: The Giants need tackles. Free agency is not the place to go shopping. Unfortunately, Bryan Bulaga, Doug Free and Derek Newton aren't any better than what they already have. They'll have to find someone in the draft.
OL: The club has a lot invested in Schwartz, Weston Richburg and Justin Pugh. They just signed CFL star Brett Jones, so the need now is for quality. There's little in free agency that is worth the asking price. The Giants are better off continuing to build the line through the draft.
DT: If they can land Suh, that would solve a myriad of problems, but as of this moment, they are a loooongshot to do so. They still have Jon Hankins, Cullen Jenkins, Markus Kuhn and Jay Bromley. If they don't land Suh, there are a few solid options in the draft. As for other free agents, there is a nice group of available players this year: Nick Fairley, Terence Knighton, Dan Williams, Jared Odrick, BJ Raji and....Barry Cofield.
DE: JPP is back, so one end position is accounted for. The other will be battled for by Robert Ayers, Kerry Wynn and Damontre Moore, who the club feels could turn the corner on his career this season. There should be a top edge-rusher staring at them at No. 9 in the draft but I'm sure they will be taking the temperature of some the UFAs available before hand. The Giants have a track record of signing ex-Eagles, so it would not be a stretch to say they may show interest in Trent Cole or Brandon Graham.
LB: Pencil Devon Kennard in bold somewhere. Jameel McClain, too. The Giants are still queasy over their deal with Jon Beason, which thus far has been a worst-case scenario for them. Jacquian Williams and Mark Herzlich are free agents this March and could easily be brought back. But the unit needs to be upgraded. The current free agent class leaves little to shout about this year. The draft might be the better option to find players. But, as we know, the Giants have not been known to draft LBs.
S: Antrel Rolle wants to return to the Giants. If he's willing to take a discount, that will happen. Stevie Brown is also a free agent, but is coming off foot surgery. The Giants are still high on Cooper Taylor and have great expectations for Nat Berhe. The draft has a few players that could help. The best bet is that Rolle and Brown return.
CB: Prince and DRC are coming back and will be the starters. The Giants might try again with Walter Thurmond (pec) who missed most of 2014. They also still have Trumaine McBride and Jayron Hosley. The free agent market is chockfull of top players, such as Byron Maxwell and Buster Skrine, so the Giants may be wise to dip their beak here.