After tomorrow's game, the football talk will switch over the draft and free agency, and the Giants will be active this offseason if not out of choice but of necessity. They have a ton of expiring contracts and lots of choices to make within the walls of QDTC before even turning their focus outward.
GM Jerry Reese said the other night he will be looking to get some players under contract before free agency begins March 11th.
“This is going to be a saturated free-agent market again it looks like. We might be able to get a few guys done before the regular free agency starts,” Reese said as per the Star Ledger. “But we’re still evaluating players and free agents and seeing where our cap situation is going to be. So, we’ll work it out.”
One of those players appears to be S Stevie Brown, who missed the entire 2013 season with a torn ACL. Brown told Dan Salomone of Giants.com last month that he would "love to return" to the Giants next season.
“It’s a great team,” he said. “It’s a great organization, great people around here all the time, great fan base -- everything like that. So it’s definitely a place I want to be. It’s just now we’ve got to talk to everybody upstairs [in the front office] and see where it goes from there.”
Other players Reese could seek to bring back early are RB Andre Brown and LB Jon Beason. Both have expressed their desire to return. Brown's value has diminished, coming off another injury-shortened season.
Beason, for all the value he brought after coming over via a trade, cost the Giants just a seventh-round draft pick but the team is planning on keeping him around. Beason wants to stay here, but with the Giants having so many holes to fill this offseason (about half the roster), he's wondering where he stands in the pecking order.
“I hope everything works out,” Beason recently told Giants.com. “Obviously you never know what’s going to happen in the offseason. This is new for me being a free agent, but the stage is set. I want to be here.”
DE Justin Tuck is set to test the free agent waters and will meet with the Giants this month to get a baseline on his expectations. Reese would like Tuck to return to the Giants but Reese said he will take the temperature of the market to gauge what Tuck is worth.
“Justin and I have talked a little bit about it. I think guys deserve to go out and see what the market is when you reach free agency,” Reese said. “It’s hard to reach free agency. When you have a chance to get there, you deserve to see what the market is. He deserves to see what the market is.”