NFL free agency will kick off next week around the league, and the Giants will be active in bringing in fresh faces to bolster their roster for the 2019 season. The Giants have a few holes that need filling, especially with Olivier Vernon and Landon Collins out the door.
Finding their replacements is a must, but there is also a hole at the cornerback position as well. The Giants seem to have faith that Janoris Jenkins will have a bounce-back year, but with questionable options behind him, some reinforcement is needed.
The Giants have supplemental round draft choice Sam Beal returning after missing out on his rookie season with season-ending surgery. There is also B.W. Webb that could come back in free agency, while Grant Haley was an intriguing player after coming off the Giants' practice squad mid-season.
But that just isn't going to do it for a team that ranked 23rd in passing yards allowed in 2018. So, according to NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy, the Giants will be looking at the free agent market for a veteran cornerback to add to their roster.
One name that Dunleavy is hearing is Colts CB Pierre Desir. The 28-year-old has five years of NFL experience, but broke out in a big way last season with 79 combined tackles (two for loss), one interception, two forced fumbles and eight passes defended. He has bounced around the league since entering in 2014, and as he played on a $1.75 million deal last season, he shouldn't be expensive for the Giants.
Other than Desir, the Giants could go after arguably the top free-agent corner on the market in Ronald Darby. He has developed an injury history in his time with the Eagles, but many believe he is still set for a long-term deal this offseason. However, the Giants may want to steer clear of him due to his $10.8 million market value, according to Spotrac.
Chiefs CB Steven Nelson is also an option, but like Darby, his market value is high. Kansas City may also want to re-sign their best cornerback from 2018 considering their need to improve their secondary drastically.
If the Giants want a true veteran, the 31-year-old Kareem Jackson from the Texans could come over at a bargain. He has the ability to play both corner and safety, and though he is over the hill age-wise, he did collect 87 combined tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and 17 passes defended last season for Houston. The former first-rounder could be a locker room leader as well.
With these names in mind, expect the Giants to be checking in on them this week along with their other needs in free agency.