With almost no salary cap space left to spend - at least at the moment - the Giants are still trying to upgrade their offensive line. And their first step will be to meet with former first-round pick D.J. Fluker.
The Giants are interested in the 6-5, 339-pound guard/tackle who was released by the Chargers on Tuesday, according to an NFL source, and they are bringing him in for a free agent visit. They are serious about signing him, another source said, assuming the price is right.
Fluker, the 11th overall pick in 2013, would be a big addition for the Giants. Though he never quite lived up to his draft status, he was a solid four-year starter in San Diego. He started all but five games, including 21 at tackle and 28 at guard - exactly the kind of versatility the Giants like to have.
But he probably won't come cheap. The Chargers had picked up Fluker's fifth-year option so he was due $8.821 million in 2017, before they cut him. He surely will want to make up some of that lost salary, and given the number of teams shopping on a thin tackle market, he could be looking for a more lucrative long-term deal.
That could be tough for the Giants, who have only about $8 million in salary cap space according to NFL Players Association records, and that's not including the cap hit from four-year, $18 million contract they gave H-back Rhett Ellison on Thursday. Barring a surprise, the Giants would have to make some cuts or restructure some contracts to fit Fluker in. They could also open up some space by signing Jason Pierre-Paul to a long-term deal.
The Giants, according to a source, are willing to restructure some contracts or make a few smaller cuts, if necessary, but it would have to be for the right player. And considering their incumbent right tackle (Marshall Newhouse) and right guard (John Jerry) are currently free agents, a versatile, starting-quality offensive lineman would certainly fill a huge need.