Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jan 27, 2019; Orlando, FL, USA; NFC head coach Jason Garrett smiles prior to the game in the NFL Pro Bowl football game at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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The Giants were not happy with Pat Shurmur's coaching staff, especially as the losses mounted in his second season. They had issues with how they struggled to develop young players, according to multiple sources, and they questioned if that staff put the team in the best position to win.

So far, though, there are no such complaints or worries about the coaching staff new head coach Joe Judge has assembled. The early returns are positive from both inside and outside of the organization, both with the quality of his choices and the willingness of the 38-year-old first-time head coach to add experienced voices to his staff.

His full staff hasn't officially been revealed yet -- only the coordinators have been announced -- but multiple sources have confirmed most of the names. Judge has dipped deep into his past, bringing coaches he's known from his days in New England, and from as far back as from when he was a graduate assistant at Mississippi State. He also has quite a few who came from the Nick Saban coaching tree.

 

Most impressively, Judge has also hired four former head coaches, which is exactly the kind of experienced help the Giants hoped he would get.

Here is what's known about the staff so far, including some thoughts on them from sources around the league:

OFFENSE

Jason Garrett, offensive coordinator 

This was a great hire and absolutely the man Judge's bosses wanted in the job. They asked for (and perhaps insisted on) experience, and Garrett's long run as Cowboys head coach provides that. There's also a long memory of Garrett's time as a backup quarterback with the Giants in 2000-03. "He was like a coach then," said one member of the organization in those years. "He was a huge help for all the quarterbacks back then. He's going to be great for Daniel Jones." Garrett also was an excellent offensive coordinator in Dallas before he became a head coach.

Jerry Schuplinski, quarterbacks coach

He has earned rave reviews from the quarterbacks he's coached in the past. Jimmy Garoppolo, whom he coached in New England, said "I probably wouldn't be where I am at without him." Jacoby Brissett, another ex-Patriots, called him "one of my favorite coaches." Schuplinski helped mold both of them into future starters. And while he didn't have the same success with Josh Rosen in Miami last year, Dolphins veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick praised him, saying "His ability to know who he was teaching and the way that guy learned - and adapt based on who he was talking with - is one of his huge strengths."

Burton Burns, running backs coach

The 67-year-old comes to New York with the Saban stamp of approval, after he spent more than a decade at Alabama as the running backs coach and the associate head coach. In 2018 he moved off the field and became the Tide's assistant athletics director for football. He's got two Heisman Trophy winners on his resume - Mark Ingram (2009) and Derrick Henry (2015) - and both went on to successful NFL careers, so Saquon Barkley is in good hands.

Tyke Tolbert, receivers coach

There's a reason the 52-year-old was the only position coach held over from Pat Shurmur's staff: His receivers love him (When told Tolbert was returning, one of the Giants receivers responded "Great move," via text message). And the results were good, too. Despite a pretty banged-up group of players, he got production out of Giants receivers last year. And everyone is thrilled with the development of Darius Slayton, who caught 48 passes for 740 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie.

Freddie Kitchens, tight ends coach

The former Cleveland Browns coach was on Judge's list from the start, and could have landed as the offensive coordinator if Judge hadn't hired Garrett. But landing him wasn't easy. According to a source, after Kitchens' initial conversation with Judge, he decided he didn't want to jump right back into coaching after his one very long year in Cleveland. Judge kept after him, though, and Kitchens reconsidered. The two of them spent one year together at Mississippi State in 2005. Kitchens hasn't coached tight ends since he was the Cardinals' tight ends coach in 2012, and this is a big step down from head coach. Some believe he'll have an additional title or other responsibilities, but that remains to be seen.

Marc Colombo, offensive line coach

When the Cowboys finally started building their team the right way, they did it around the offensive line. And Colombo, a former lineman himself, was part of that as both an assistant O-line coach (2016-17) and the O-line coach (2018-19) under Garrett. He's extremely well-respected and clearly is familiar with the offense Garrett wants to run. "He's still young enough to relate to the players," said one NFC source, "and he's a teacher. He wasn't just riding the talent there. He was improving their technique. Isn't that what Judge said he wants?"

Ben Wilkerson, assistant offensive line coach

The Giants were absolutely unhappy with the way their line was coached by Hal Hunter the last two seasons, so the fact that they agreed to keep his 37-year-old assistant around speaks volumes about what they think of Wilkerson. A former NFL center, he's entering his sixth season as an NFL assistant line coach, and his third with the Giants. Oh, and you know who probably recommended him? Saban. Wilkerson played for Saban at LSU.

Derek Dooley, TBD

It's not yet clear what job the 51-year-old Dooley will hold on Judge's staff, but he has a history on the offensive side of the ball, and with working with young quarterbacks. He was the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Missouri in 2018-19, where he helped develop current Broncos quarterback Drew Lock. Before that, he was on Garrett's staff in Dallas (receivers coach, 2013-17). He also has been a head coach twice, at Louisiana Tech and Tennessee. And from 2000-04, he was an assistant on Saban's staff at LSU. In fact, he was Saban's assistant head coach in 2004.

DEFENSE

Patrick Graham, defensive coordinator/assistant head coach

Judge made it clear that Graham, 41, was always his first choice to be the Giants' defensive coordinator. In fact, he told reporters at the Senior Bowl that it was a "home run hire" and that "we were very fortunate to be able to get him out" of Miami, where he had been a defensive coordinator for just one season. It's unclear exactly how that happened, but that does explain the "assistant head coach" title. Judge and Graham, was the Giants defensive line coach under Ben McAdoo in 2016-17, worked together in New England and obviously built a trust and a bond. It also sounds like Graham will do more than just run the defense. "Pat is going to handle a lot of duties in the building," Judge said. He wasn't specific, but said it will have something to do with "blending both the culture and principles of the organization."

Sean Spencer, defensive line coach

"Coach Chaos," as he's called, has been one of the most impressive and productive defensive line coaches in college football. The Penn State defense has had a dominating pass rush, producing more than 40 sacks in each of the last five years -- including 45 last season. Spencer was a high school teammate of former Jets head coach Eric Mangini, and he interned with the Jets in the mid-2000s when Mangini was there. "He's always had that level of determination you want," Mangini once told the Hartford Courant. "He had that level of persistence as a player and has it as a coach. He is determined to be successful but does (it) in a way that's not abrasive at all." Spencer was also the associate head coach and run game coordinator at Penn State.

Jerome Henderson, defensive backs coach 

Henderson actually has more ties to the Jets than to Judge or the Giants. He spent eight years in the NFL, the final two with the Jets (1997-98) and was the Jets director of player development in 2006-07 and their defensive backs coach in 2008. The 50-year-old was also on Jason Garrett's staff in Dallas as their DBs coach from 2012-15 (though he was hired before the Giants hired Garrett). He also was the Falcons' defensive passing game coordinator the last four seasons. He has one of the biggest jobs on the staff, given the Giants' young and unproven core of cornerbacks. He'll be charged with the development of DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal, and safety Julian Love. "They're in good hands," said one NFC scout. "Those kids have a chance to be good, and with (Henderson) they'll get better, quick."

Bret Bielema, outside linebackers, senior assistant 

Bielema is one of the most interesting members of Judge's staff, and also another with head coaching experience (at Wisconsin from 2006-12 and Arkansas from 2013-17). The 50-year-old has spent most of his career in college, but joined Bill Belichick as a "consultant to the head coach" in 2018 before coaching the defensive line last year. Bielema could have ended up as the defensive coordinator if Judge wasn't able to lure Graham out of Miami. It's unclear exactly what his "senior assistant" title means.

Kevin Sherrer, inside linebackers

This will be the first NFL job for the former Tennessee defensive coordinator. He is yet another Saban disciple, having served as Alabama's director of player development from 2010-12, which included two years when Judge worked there as a grad assistant. The 46-year-old was also the outside linebackers coach at Georgia from 2014-17, when current Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter had 14 ½ sacks and developed into a future NFL player. 

Jody Wright, defensive assistant 

Judge has known the 38-year-old Wright since they were grad assistants together at Mississippi State (2005-07) and assistants together on Saban's staff in Alabama (2010-11). They are close friends, according to a source, and Judge had plans to bring him aboard wherever he landed. The "defensive assistant" job, though, is interesting, since Wright's entire coaching history appears to be on the offensive side of the ball.

Mike Treier, TBD

It's been a wild ride for the 29-year-old Treier since he left his job as safeties coach at Marshall University in December. He took a job with Florida State as a defensive analyst, then reportedly was going to leave that to be the safeties coach at Colorado State. And now he's with the Giants instead. He's coached safeties and corners in his short coaching career, and it's not clear what job he'll hold with the Giants.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Thomas McGaughey, special teams coordinator 

The Giants special teams have been very, very good under McGaughey, who has earned rave reviews from his players, bosses and people around the league. "Everyone likes what he's done there, especially since they haven't always had the best talent to work with," said one NFC scout. "And now that people are starting to look at special teams coaches as head coach material, I wouldn't be surprised to see him on that (interview) circuit in the next year or two." One Giants source said they believe that if the Giants rebound this season, McGaughey could end up on the head coaching interview circuit as soon as next year.

Tom Quinn, assistant special teams coordinator - (Confirmed by McGaughey)

He served as the Giants' special teams coordinator for 11 years, through two Super Bowls and some lean years. It said a lot about the 51-year-old when he was willing to return as the assistant to his successor in 2018, just months after he was fired, and shortly after McGaughey was diagnosed with cancer. Quinn always got too much public heat when he was a coordinator, but has been well-respected in the organization. He's also obviously been an asset to McGaughey, and not just in those first few months.

Anthony Blevins, TBD

Blevins was McGaughey's assistant the last two years, but he also was a grad assistant with Judge at Mississippi State from 2005-07. It's unclear whether he's returning as the assistant special teams coach or whether he'll switch to another position. He did coach cornerbacks in college for five years, so he could end up coaching that position if Judge decides to divide the DB coach's job.

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Newest Giants CB James Bradberry can't introduce himself to the fans how he might want to with coronavirus not allowing him to make his way to New York. So, instead, he took some time out of his day on Sunday to answer fan questions on the team's Reddit page. 

Here are some of the highlights from the questions asked...

1) @Celestrial2: You had to match up with Julio [Jones], Mike Evans and Michael Thomas twice a year. Which of the three was hardest to guard?

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The Giants are re-signing tight end Eric Tomlinson, he announced Saturday via Instagram.

Tomlinson, who had been cut by the Giants in September, also spent time with the Raiders and Patriots in 2019.

The 27-year-old Tomlinson spent the first three seasons of his career -- from 2016 to 2018 -- with the Jets.

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Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Dec 9, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) walks off the field after a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Eli Manning knows the New York-New Jersey area just about as well as any athlete.

Since getting traded to the Giants on draft day back in 2004, Manning has called northern New Jersey home, and despite the current coronavirus outbreak, Manning knows that the area will come back as strong as ever.

"We're doing everything possible to get through this," Manning told the New York Post's Steve Serby in a Q&A. "We're taking the right steps, and obviously, this is an uncertain time. But, I think this country, and the Northeast and New Jersey and New York, are resilient and we're tough and we kind of find a way to fight through things. That's what we're gonna have to do. 

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Through the first wave of free agency, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman demonstrated he was willing to spend to improve Big Blue's defense.

The biggest addition to the group is cornerback James Bradberry, who signed a lthree-year, $45 million deal with nearly $32 million of that money guaranteed. 

Bradberry spoke via a conference call on Friday afternoon, making his first public comments since being signed as the key addition to the Giants' secondary. The former Panther said he was a bit surprised when the Giants' offer came in, but he's ready to be a leader in a very young Giants DB room.

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Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Aug 30, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) shakes hands with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) after their game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Giants legend Eli Manning, who knows a thing or two about beating Tom Brady in big games, recently reacted to the 42-year-old future Hall-of-Famer's decision to bolt the Patriots for the Buccaneers.

"I was surprised, how it all worked out," Manning told Steve Serby of the New York Post. "I just did not imagine him leaving, them letting him go and him going somewhere else, just from my experience. But for him to have had all the success, do everything he'd done in New England and did it with one organization, I guess you just kind of wonder what was the reasoning? I don't know if he felt unappreciated, or just wanted to try something different, but was surprised that this went down."

But while Brady is gone from New England and the team currently has only quarterbacks who profile as backups on its roster, Manning doesn't think Bill Belichick and the Pats' reign of Kings of the AFC East is necessarily over.

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Leonard Williams (99) warms up before a game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Dave Gettleman stunned the NFL back on April 20, 2016 when he did what many thought was unthinkable. He had an All-Pro cornerback, generally considered one of the best in the NFL, on an ascending team coming off a loss in Super Bowl 50. And he had him locked up for the next season with the franchise tag.

Then, he pulled that tag right out from under Josh Norman's feet.

Gettleman's decision to rescind the franchise tag that day was bold, bizarre, and almost universally criticized. But from Gettleman's view, as the Carolina Panthers general manager, it was a responsible and necessary thing to do.

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Here's a player-by-player report card for the Giants' free agent signings so far


CB James Bradberry (three years, $45 million, $31.8 million guaranteed)

The Giants needed big-time help at this spot after dumping Janoris Jenkins in December, and they got arguably the second-best corner on the market at a somewhat reasonable price.

Bradberry is big (6-foot-1, 212 pounds), fast (4.45 40-yard dash), and he'll be a big help for an otherwise young secondary that includes last year's first-rounder DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal. If they were going to spend "big" money, it had to be either at corner or pass-rusher, and once most of the top pass-rushers were tagged, they wisely got aggressive here.

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The Giants are signing free agent DT Austin Johnson, reports Dan Duggan of The Athletic.

Johnson, 25, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Tennessee Titans, where he played 58 games (13 starts).

He made just one start last season after making nine starts in 2018.

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Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) celebrates a touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 4, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Latimer (12) celebrates a touchdown pass against the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

A former Giants wide receiver is staying within the division. 

According to a report from NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, former Big Blue receiver Cody Latimer has agreed to a deal with the Washington Redskins. 

Latimer, 27, spent the last two seasons with the Giants, totaling 35 catches for 490 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned 29 kicks for the Giants over those two seasons, averaging 23.8 yards per return. 

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Dave Gettleman/Cesar Ruiz
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The Giants have 10 draft picks, thanks to the three compensatory picks they earned, but only three of those will come in the first two days of the 2020 NFL Draft. For a team with many needs still to fill, it puts a premium on those selections in the first three rounds.

With a month until the draft, it's still hard to know exactly what the Giants will do and how the draft will shake out. But here's an early projection, based on the team's needs, what sources have said about players they might like, and what scouts have said about the value of certain players in the draft.

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Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley

It's always fun to watch how the free agent market materializes over time, but that's from an outside perspective. 

As a player, it's a little more nerve-racking. 

Some players are still out there on the market, and at this moment, they're likely watching their expected price tag drop with most players already joining new teams. That includes DE Jadeveon Clowney, who isn't expected at this point to hit his $22-23 million, but he'll remain patient. 

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XFL players are allowed to sign with NFL teams, and the Giants took advantage of that by signing DB Dravon Askew-Henry to a two-year deal, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Askew-Henry played for the New York Guardians, so he already knows what it's like to play at MetLife Stadium. And clearly he did enough for the Giants to believe he can crack the 53-man roster next season.

The former West Virginia Mountaineer is the cousin of legendary CB Darrelle Revis, and Rapoport added that he should compete for the nickel cornerback role that Corey Ballentine is currently slated for. 

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Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman uring the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman uring the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

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Quarterbacks have always been the key to whether the Giants will be able to trade down in the first round of the NFL Draft, and whether any offers will even be tempting. Teams without a franchise quarterback can get desperate. That's why quarterbacks always make the prices go way up.

This year, there are three generally considered to be at the top of the class, but only one team ahead of the Giants -- the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 1 -- seeming like a lock to take one. And with the quarterback-needy Miami Dolphins positioned right behind the Giants at No. 5, it puts Big Blue in the sweet spot for teams looking to move up.

Or so it seems.

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Giants head coach Joe Judge reunites with another familiar face in RB Dion Lewis, who signed a one-year deal to join Big Blue, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday.

The Giants were predicted to be done spending considering they had about $15.3 million in cap room left, per Over The Cap. But Lewis was out on the market after the Titans released him, and Judge took the chance to add a versatile running back behind Saquon Barkley.

Lewis has been backing up Derrick Henry for the past two seasons, totaling 726 yards over that span. But getting just 54 rushing attempts and 25 receptions in 16 games last season, Lewis wasn't a necessity to bring back for Tennessee. 

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Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (33) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Nov 18, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Corey Coleman (19) is tackled by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis (33) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

The Giants are giving WR Corey Coleman another shot, signing him to a one-year year deal, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday. 

Coleman was slated to be a solid depth receiver for the Giants last season, but he tore his ACL before it began. He made a good impression in the return game with Big Blue in 2018, where he also had five receptions for 71 yards in his eight games played. 

The 25-year-old is a former first-round pick by the Browns back in 2016, but he has yet to live up to that status. He's had trouble with drops and learning his assignments, but New York liked what they saw two seasons ago enough to bring him back under new head coach Joe Judge

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When reports surfaced that veteran tackle Cam Fleming signed a one-year deal with the Giants in free agency, it simply made sense.

The Giants needed a new right tackle with Mike Remmers gone, Fleming knows three coaches on staff, and it was a cost-effective deal for GM Dave Gettleman

So Fleming joined Big Blue, a rival of his last team in the Dallas Cowboys, at $4 million for next season. And the 27-year-old is now slated to take over that right tackle role -- a starting job he's been looking for since he broke into the league with the Patriots back in 2014. 

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In some ways, Dave Gettleman went for quantity over quality during his free-agent shopping spree last week. For the most part, instead of getting the most expensive players on the market, he spread his money out so he could fill some of the Giants' many needs.

And he certainly did. He filled a big hole at cornerback, two at linebacker, and added a right tackle, all while also finding a backup quarterback, a special teams ace, and a blocking tight end. He also re-signed his kicker, the Giants' best special teamer, and -- though not everyone loves this move -- insured the Giants will get at least a full year out of Leonard Williams after his controversial trade.

In the process, Gettleman has used almost all of the Giants' $72.7 million in cap space. The exact number is hard to figure until the details of all the contracts are known, but he seems to have only about $7 million left based on the contracts and contract numbers SNY has obtained. He'll actually need to create some more space with either cuts or contract restructures to sign the Giants' draft picks and keep enough money as an in-season reserve.

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New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates with the the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants' 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Chris O'Meara/AP)
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning celebrates with the the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Giants' 21-17 win over the New England Patriots in the NFL Super Bowl XLVI football game Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara) (Chris O'Meara/AP)

Starting at noon on Sunday, ESPN will be airing seven-straight hours of Tom Brady content.

The reasoning is pretty simple: Brady's ultra-successful 20-year run with the Patriots is now officially over, as the 43-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Also, there's not a whole lot else going on right now.

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Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Mike Remmers (74) celebrates after the game against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)
Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Mike Remmers (74) celebrates after the game against the New Orleans Saints at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Rempel)

A starter on the Giants' 2019 offensive line is on his way to Kansas City.

Mike Remmers, who started 14 games for the Giants at right tackle last season, has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, per his agent.

Losing Remmers should not come as much of a shock for Giants fans, as it was likely even before the start of free agency that Remmers would be calling somewhere else home in 2020. After the Giants signed Cam Fleming earlier this week, the possibility of Remmers coming back became minuscule.

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The Giants have made a few free agent additions while bringing back some familiar faces to upgrade their roster for the 2020 season. Here's how their depth chart shakes out at the moment, and more importantly, where they can improve moving forward...


QUARTERBACK: Daniel Jones, Colt McCoy, Alex Tanney

The Giants wanted some backup quarterback competition behind Jones, and that's when they got McCoy on a one-year deal on Thursday. Matt Moore was their first option, but he turned down their offer. McCoy was next on the list. 

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Antonio Hamilton (30) warms up prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports (Kena Krutsinger)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Giants cornerback Antonio Hamilton (30) warms up prior to the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Kena Krutsinger-USA TODAY Sports (Kena Krutsinger)

A key member of the Giants' special teams is heading to the AFC West.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirms that former Giants corner and special teams contributor Antonio Hamilton has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. 

Hamilton is the first Giants' unrestricted free agent to sign elsewhere this offseason, and he's also the first free agent signing by the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, after winning Super Bowl LIV.

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The Giants have made several moves, adding to their defense -- filling a few holes before the NFL Draft rolls around. But they could still use a pass rusher and a very familiar one is still out on the market. 

Markus Golden, the man who had a bounce-back year in a Giants uniform last season, has yet to sign a new deal. According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, the interest is still there for the Giants to sign him. The price tag is the biggest question. 

Spotrac has Golden's market value set at $13.5 million after totaling 10.0 sacks with 72 combined tackles -- 13 for loss -- and a career-high 27 quarterback hits, which was ranked sixth in the league last season. He also scooped up a 42-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Patriots on Thursday Night Football. 

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Nov 3, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Nov 3, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Giants have found their veteran backup quarterback.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed that the Giants have agreed to terms with former Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy on a one-year deal worth $2.25 million with $1.5 million guaranteed.

The Giants had previously been linked to former Kansas City and Miami backup Matt Moore, but it's McCoy who will be joining Big Blue's QB room. A source tells Vacchiano that the Giants did make an offer to Moore, but he turned it down.

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Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the New York Giants helmet during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)
Nov 24, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; A detailed view of the New York Giants helmet during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports (Mike Dinovo)

While the majority of Joe Judge's first coaching staff with the Giants is already finalized, Big Blue continues to bring in some new faces.

Former University of Tennessee strength coach Craig Fitzgerald is leaving the Volunteers for the Giants' strength coach job, he announced via his Twitter account.

"Tennessee is a first-class program and will continue to rise under Coach Pruitt's and Coach Fulmer's leadership," Fitzgerald wrote.

"I will be returning to the NFL and joining the New York Giants. Thank you for everything and Go Vols!"

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Chase Young
Chase Young

Teams all around the league have been upgrading their rosters since NFL free agency began with the legal tampering period on Monday. Filling holes is a priority for every GM, but in doing so, it also provides some clarity as to where that GM might look to upgrade next in the NFL Draft. 

Two moves made, in particular, should really make the Giants happy. Because it could lead to drafting Ohio State DE Chase Young

It's no secret that Young is considered the best overall prospect in this year's draft class. And at one point in time when the Giants had the No. 2 overall pick, it was a no-brainer to think that Dave Gettleman could simply kick up his feet, see the Giants go on the clock, and take the pass-rushing machine. But a win over the Redskins made the Giants fall down to No. 4, while Washington moved up to No. 2. 

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Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) warms up before his game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Oct 20, 2019; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) warms up before his game against the Arizona Cardinals at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

Here's your latest reminder that Giants RB Saquon Barkley is a physical freak. 

Barkley might not be able to use the Giants' facility with the NFL pushing back offseason workout programs due to coronavirus concerns, but that hasn't stopped him from putting in work in the weight room. Posting to his Instagram story on Wednesday, Barkley can be seen squatting with a ton of plates on the bar. 

And, of course, it looks effortless. 

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Aug 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Connor Williams (52) and offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (75) in action during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)
Aug 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Connor Williams (52) and offensive tackle Cameron Fleming (75) in action during the game against the Arizona Cardinals at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports (Jerome Miron)

The Giants are adding a piece to their offensive line.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed that Big Blue is signing tackle Cam Fleming to a one-year deal worth a maximum of $4 million.

Originally a fourth-round pick by New England in 2014, Fleming played his first four seasons with the New England Patriots, but played the last two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

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Aug 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Detailed view of a New York Giants helmet on the sidelines in a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Weber)
Aug 14, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Detailed view of a New York Giants helmet on the sidelines in a preseason NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports (Andrew Weber)

The Giants announced on Wednesday evening that the team is deferring season ticket payments as the coronavirus outbreak continues.

According to a letter from the team, which is signed by owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, monthly payments that had been scheduled for March 20 and April 13 have now been moved to August and September, meaning that the next monthly payment for season ticket members will now be due on May 13.

In addition, season ticket members who had been on the 'Pay-In-Full' plan can now either pay in full on June 1 (previously May 1), or they can set up a new four-month payment plan. 

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Matt Moore (Denny Medley)
Matt Moore (Denny Medley)

The Giants are showing some interest in veteran QB Matt Moore, a source confirmed to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Why would the Giants be looking in the quarterbacks market with Daniel Jones aboard? Well, every starting quarterback needs a good backup, people. 

The Giants did pick up the 2020 option for journeyman Alex Tanney, who has a $950,000 salary this season. However, it's non-guaranteed, meaning GM Dave Gettleman could easily cut him if he finds a better backup to put in place. 

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Giants GM Dave Gettleman
Giants GM Dave Gettleman

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When it comes to NFL free agency, $72 million sure ain't what it used to be.

All it took was 36 hours, a handful of players, and one moderate splash into the free-agent pool, and the Giants managed to use up just about all of their available space under the $198.2 million salary cap. They began with $72.7 million in room, according to OverTheCap.com. And based on contract figures provided to SNY by multiple NFL sources, the Giants have used approximately $62.6 million so far.

That leaves them with about $10 million left to spend. And considering GM Dave Gettleman had spoken of leaving a $20 million "cushion" for draft picks, mid-season replacements and possibly in-season contract extensions, it means the Giants' foray into free agency is basically done.

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Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants free safety Antoine Bethea (41) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Sep 22, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Giants free safety Antoine Bethea (41) works out prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

In an expected move, the Giants decided not to exercise the 2020 club option for veteran S Antoine Bethea, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday. The Giants have until 4 p.m. when the new league year officially kicks off to do so. 

By declining the option, the Giants are adding $2.75 million to their cap space, which is sitting at just under $17 million right now after all the signings. 

Bethea had a solid season with 110 tackles, one interception, six passes defended and two fumble recoveries. However, at age 36 next season and being someone former defensive coordinator James Bettcher wanted after playing with the Cardinals, the Giants are moving in a different direction. 

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Dave Gettleman hasn't done a cannonball into the free-agent pool. He hasn't thrown around the real big, headline-grabbing money (yet). He hasn't badly overspent to fill a need.

What he's done, in fact, is the opposite of how the Giants approached free agency in 2016, the last time they had tons of cap room to buy new players. He's spent sensibly, found bargains, and hasn't weighed the team down with long, expensive contracts.

And in free agency, that's what the real good teams do.

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Cody Core (Jerome Miron)
Cody Core (Jerome Miron)

Giants new head coach Joe Judge knows valuable special teamers when he sees one, so it's no surprise the Giants have agreed to bring back WR Cody Core for the next two seasons, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. 

Core can make up to $4.7 million on his deal, according to ESPN's Jordan Raanan

Special teams coach Thomas McGaughey, who was one of the very few staffers retained by Judge, loved Core on special teams last season with his stellar speed and ability to make plays becoming such an advantage for his group. He was normally the first one to the ball carrier -- or ball itself -- on punts running as a gunner. 

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January 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell (51) before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)
January 19, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell (51) before the NFC Championship Game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports (Kyle Terada)

The Giants aren't done signing former Packers linebackers, as OLB Kyler Fackrell has agreed to a one-year deal, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. In this one-year, prove-it pact, Fackrell will receive $4.6 million. 

Fackrell didn't have much of a spot on the Packers' 2019 defense after the team brought in Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith, who became the first stringers right away. He played in all 16 games, but in a limited role that saw just one sack and 23 tackles come his way. 

But in a larger role in 2018 (seven starts in 16 games), Fackrell tallied 10.5 sacks and that's exactly what the Giants are hoping he can reproduce this season. 

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Leonard Floyd
Leonard Floyd

In an anticipated move on Tuesday, the Bears released former first-round pick Leonard Floyd, throwing him into the free agent mix. 

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is hearing the Giants are among the teams already looking at Floyd, and it makes perfect sense. 

Remember the 2016 NFL Draft when reports were out there that former GM Jerry Reese loved Floyd in the pre-draft process, and the Giants had their eyes on him with the No. 10 overall pick? Well, the Bears knew that and they needed a linebacker, too. So they traded up just before the Giants at No. 9, took Floyd, and the Giants had to settle for CB Eli Apple.

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Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (24) reacts to a pass break up in the third quarter against the New York Giants at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Oct 7, 2018; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (24) reacts to a pass break up in the third quarter against the New York Giants at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

The first day of NFL free agency has passed, and many eye-opening deals went down in those 24 hours as the league shook up its rosters. 

The Giants were among those that added some new pieces, especially on the defensive side of the ball. And GM Dave Gettleman still has about $55 million to work with, so Big Blue might not be done. 

Here's what happened on Day 1, starting with the team's latest signee:

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Levine Toilolo
Levine Toilolo

As the Giants were making the more attention-grabbing signings of CB James Bradberry and LB Blake Martinez on Monday as NFL free agency kicked off, they also inked imposing former San Francisco 49ers TE Levine Toilolo.

The 28-year-old Toilolo, who is 6-8", 268 pounds, played in 13 games in 2019 for the 49ers, reeling in just two catches for 10 yards.

Before joining the 49ers, Toilolo played for the Detroit Lions in 2018 and Atlanta Falcons from 2013-2017. In both Detroit and Atlanta, Toilolo was a much bigger pass-catching threat than he was with the 49ers.

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The Giants weren't done improving their defense on the first day of NFL free agency. 

Former Packers linebacker Blake Martinez has agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract with the Giants, and confirmed that when he retweeted NFL Network's Mike Garofalo. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has the details being $19 million guaranteed with $22.5 million in the first two years of the deal. It will be $14 million this season. 

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported on Monday that sources had the Giants being "very serious" about adding a free agent linebacker, and Martinez was at the top of their list. After letting Alec Ogletree go, they needed a new man to lead things in the middle of the defense, and they've found that in the 26-year-old Martinez. 

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Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 1, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; General overall view of NFL golden shield logo at the NFL Honors show at the Adrienne Arsht Center. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement on Monday night to break down the league's offseason changes amid coronavirus concerns, and the big highlight is all offseason programs have been cancelled. 

For the Giants, their offseason workouts would have begun on April 6 due that Joe Judge's introduction as the team's new head coach gave Big Blue two weeks extra of preparation. All other teams would be allowed to begin on April 20. 

Instead, the league will "continue to follow the guidance of medical and public helth professionals," and at the moment the best option is to keep players and personnel away from each other and continue to reassess the situation as the pandemic changes. 

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Free agent CB James Bradberry has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal with the Giants, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Monday. Bradberry will see $32 million of the deal guaranteed.

Vacchiano didn't believe the Giants would want to pay the at least $15 million price tag considering they have other needs to address despite showing interest in him. However, GM Dave Gettleman brings aboard another former Panther he drafted in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Next to Byron Jones, who reportedly signed the biggest cornerback contract in NFL history with the Dolphins, Bradberry is one of the best corners on the market. At 6-foot-1, 211 pounds and a 4.45 40-yard dash time behind him, Bradberry can stand opposite of some of the best receivers in the game on line of scrimmage, and he's done just that since he came out of Samford.

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Packers LB Blake Martinez (Raj Mehta)
Packers LB Blake Martinez (Raj Mehta)

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For anyone old enough to remember the days of Lawrence Taylor and Carl Banks, the Giants linebacking corps has been the source of great frustration in recent decades. It has ranged mostly from mediocre to awful, with only occasional interruptions.

It sounds like that may be about to change.

The Giants have made it known they are very serious about upgrading at linebacker, and they're willing to spend (to a point) to do it, multiple NFL sources told SNY on Monday. They had expressed some level of interest in many of the top linebackers on the free agent market -- particularly the inside linebackers. And they were shopping around outside linebackers, too.

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Sep 29, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)
Sep 29, 2019; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (90) returns an interception for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports (Joe Camporeale)

Giants GM Dave Gettleman knows he needs to find a pass rusher this offseason, and according to The Record's Art Stapleton, the team is "involved in pursuit" of top edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney

Stapleton adds that "at least one team in that chase" is convinced the Giants can be labeled as legitimate contenders to land Clowney. 

After franchise tags have been handed out to players like Shaq Barrett and Arik Armstead as well as Yannick Ngakoue currently in a sign-and-trade situation with the Jaguars, Clowney is the top pass-rusher on the market. And he'll be paid like it, with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano hearing from a source that he is going to look for a contract worth $22-23 milion per year. 

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Jordan Jenkins (Vincent Carchietta)
Jordan Jenkins (Vincent Carchietta)

With the Jets prepared to let LB Jordan Jenkins hit the free agent market, the Giants -- in dire need of pass-rushers -- are one of the teams interested in signing him, reports SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

According to Vacchiano, the Giants are looking for bargain pass-rushers. Vacchiano adds that if the Giants sign Jenkins, it would likely signal that Markus Golden is headed elsewhere.

Along with Jenkins, the Giants also have Kyle Van Noy on their list, per Vacchiano.

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; General overall view of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; General overall view of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

With most of the country on lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL plans to proceed with the draft from April 23-25 in Las Vegas. But things will not go on the way they normally do.

The league announced Monday that the draft will be televised but that all public NFL Draft events in Las Vegas have been canceled.

In consideration of current information related to COVID-19 and guidance from medical experts such as the CDC, and in coordination with public authorities in Nevada and the city of Las Vegas, the NFL will modify its plans for the 2020 NFL Draft, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced today, the league said in a statement.

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Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas (2) celebrates a field goal against the Chicago Bears with New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 2, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants kicker Aldrick Rosas (2) celebrates a field goal against the Chicago Bears with New York Giants punter Riley Dixon (9) during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Aldrick Rosas took a step back last year, following his first Pro Bowl season in 2018. But he's definitely still in the Giants' plans.

That's why the Giants have placed a second-round tender on the restricted free agent, according to an NFL source. The cost of that is approximately $3.3 million for the 2020 season. The 25-year-old Rosas can still solicit offers from other teams, but the Giants would have the right to match and would get a second-round pick as compensation if they don't.

Rosas was one of two remaining restricted free agents the Giants have to make decisions on by 4 p.m. on Wednesday. The other is center Jon Halapio, who appears unlikely to be tendered as he recovers from a torn Achilles he suffered in the season finale. The Giants like Halapio and it is likely they'll re-sign him to a one-year, minimum deal once he can pass a physical, which would allow him to come to camp to compete for the starting center job.

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Dave Gettleman swore his "thick rhino hide" was tough enough to handle the criticism he'd get if he let Leonard Williams simply walk away for nothing.

But the world will never know.

The Giants, as expected, placed the franchise tag on the 25-year-old Williams on Monday, the team announced. That has long been the Giants' plan, multiple sources said, since the moment they acquired him from the Jets in October. They did try to sign him to a long-term contract, but sources said they were never close to making that a reality.

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Dec 8, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Dec 8, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) during the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

Two-time Pro Bowl safety Devin McCourty has re-signed with the New England Patriots, he announced in a YouTube video with his brother and fellow Patriot, Jason, ending his potential homecoming to the New York area in the process.

Although he didn't get into any of the details, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Patriots are bringing McCourty back on a two-year, $23 million deal, with $17 million guaranteed.

McCourty, who went to high school and college in north New Jersey, came up in some mock free agency pickups for the Giants during the offseason.

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Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

After NFL players approved the new CBA by a narrow vote of 1,019-959, the NFL sent out memos to teams that the free agency schedule will go on as planned, with negotiations between teams and players open to begin Monday at noon.

Additionally, teams will have until 11:59AM Monday to place either a franchise or transition tag on a player before the official start to free agency.

The league year start remains as scheduled, with the official signing period beginning on Wednesday at 4PM.

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Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Jan 29, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell during a press conference before Super Bowl LIV at Hilton Downtown. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

On Sunday, a very narrow vote by the NFL players was in favor of approving the new CBA through the 2030 season. It was a 1,019-959 vote that worked in creating many new aspects for current and former players around the league. 

"NFL players have voted to approve ratification of a new collective bargaining agreement by a vote tally of 1,019 to 959," the NFLPA wrote in a statement. "The result comes after a long and democratic process in accordance with our constitution. An independent auditor received submitted ballots through a secure electronic platform, then verified, tallied and certified the results."

So what exactly did this new CBA change for the short- and long-term future of the league? Here are a few new rules that stand out...

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