The Giants made several moves this past offseason in an effort to upgrade their long-neglected linebacker corps, drafting Clemson's B.J. Goodson in the fourth round, and signing free agents Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard. They also opted to bring back Jasper Brinkley, who played admirably at MLB the second half of the season.
In addition to the mainstays Devon Kennard, Jonathan Casillas, Mark Herzlich and J.T. Thomas, the Giants hope find a formidable three out of this bunch. Not many experts believe they will but the team will forge ahead anyway.
Does that mean they won't pursue any new options should they arise? Probably not, which is why the question is being posed of whether recently-released Stephen Tulloch of Detroit is on their radar.
Tulloch underwent ankle surgery this past offseason and was cut by the Lions after this week after bring told in February he was not in their plans. They apparently waited until he was healthy to release him so that they would avoid paying him and injury settlement. Tulloch, a 10-year veteran who began his career with the Tennessee Titans, is now free to sign with any team.
Tulloch is only a two-down player at this point of his career. Is he better than the players they have at this juncture? It's hard to say. If the Giants don't bring him in, someone else will -- perhaps Dallas or Philadelphia.
It seems like the Giants are high on Brinkley and Robinson. They feel pretty good about both for the short term. Goodson will be waiting in the wings, and his gestation period could end up on the field sooner than expected.
So the answer to the Tulloch question is simple: The Giants will look, but probably won't touch.