The Giants have not made a splash in the free agent market as of yet (and probably won't) nor have they made any blockbuster trades to change the face and fate of their franchise. What they have done, however, is restructure contracts of some key veterans while giving some others their walking papers, keep DE Jason Pierre-Paul from becoming a free agent and re-sign a handful of their own UFAs.
Just because GM Jerry Reese has focused on upgrading the middle and back end of his roster, some critics are calling them "losers" this year in free agency. That remains to be seen. They spent quite a bit of money on free agents last March and were considered "winners". They finished with their worst record in a decade.
Throwing money around doesn't guarantee success. The Steelers don't do it. Neither do the Packers. Baltimore has been called frugal, and at last check, they're a pretty sound organization, too. Those organizations have busy trophy cases, as do the Giants, so I take what critics have to say about free agency with a grain of salt.
Nick Mensio, Rotoworld:
For all the questionable moves they’ve made this week — $7.1 million guaranteed for Dwayne Harris seems like a one-way ticket to regret — the Giants also made one of the best, sniping pass-catching back Shane Vereen from Super Bowl nemesis New England for just $5 million guaranteed. Vereen has had trouble staying on the field, and isn’t always the most efficient player. He’s also caught 99 passes over the past two seasons, averaging four receptions per game. He’s a perfect fit for the Giants’ quick-hitting passing attack, someone who can turn Eli Manning dumpoffs into big plays. That’s an element neither Rashad Jennings nor Andre Williams provides. It’s an element that could help send OC Ben McAdoo’s offense into liftoff during his second season in New York, all for half the price of Eddie Royal.Yes, I agree that the guaranteed money for Harris is a bit high and that the Vereen signing could be a coup. I'm a bit curious why the Giants paid Harris that amount, but it's likely due to the fact that Harris will return both kickoffs and punts this season, which makes the signing a little more economically sound.
Corey Griffin, NBC Sports:
The Giants gave out over $55 million to five players in the first few hours Tuesday and none of them are guaranteed to start. They gave Dwyane Harris, an average kick returner in a league openly trying to negate kick returns, $17.1 million ($7.1M guaranteed) over five years. For the second straight year, GM Jerry Reese overpaid average players en masse in hopes of filling holes cause by a half-decade of poor drafts.I made this exact point on Tuesday that none of these players are starting material. Corey failed to mention the additional value Harris will have as a punt returner, something the Giants have desperately needed. Also, if he believes that Vereen was overpaid, I'm sure there are many that will disagree. The former Pat will bring another wrinkle to an already diverse offense.