It's funny (or not), but a week into free agency the questions about the Giants are largely the same ones most people had at the end of the season. A few things have cleared up, but not much has changed.
So let's get right to it. Here's the latest offseason edition of our SNY Giants Twitter Mailbag - the first since free agency began:
Are the Giants forced to spend a 1st or 2nd rd pick on OL given we didn't land any of the top FAs -- @D_Ricker81
I don't know if they're forced to do anything, really. I think an offensive lineman in one of those spots would be a good idea, and I think they're likely to do it. Remember, Justin Pugh and D.J. Fluker aren't signed beyond 2017, so they need to add a young replacement. It also wouldn't hurt to have a talented player to add competition.
But I think by adding Fluker and re-signing John Jerry they didn't put themselves in a desperate position where they absolutely, positively have to take an offensive lineman. They are not in a position where they have to draft for need - and don't kid yourselves, "need" has almost always been a factor in their first-round picks. They were 11-5 last year and have at least gotten marginally better this offseason.
Also, if they were to draft for need - which I assume is what you mean by being "forced" - they have bigger needs. I still think they need a good receiving tight end. They might need a defensive tackle to replace Johnathan Hankins. They could also use a linebacker, especially if Keenan Robinson doesn't return.
So no, I don't think an offensive lineman in Round 1 or 2 is an absolute necessity, though in the end that may be exactly what the Giants decide to do.
Do you think the Giants offensive line is set already? If Fluker is injured or loses to Hart we will have the same line as last year -- @Roon28
If you had asked me this question on Tuesday, I would've said yes. I assumed that once they re-signed Jerry that Fluker would end up at right tackle. But in an interview on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday morning, Fluker confirmed what everyone had been hearing - that he was brought in to be the right guard.
So maybe now Jerry was brought in just for depth - though three years, $10 million is expensive depth for a cap-strapped team. And maybe the Giants are either still looking for a right tackle, or they've decided they're OK with Bobby Hart as the starter at right tackle.
Right now, simply, we don't know. As I mentioned in the answer to the question above, I think it's likely the Giants draft a tackle in the first two rounds in April. Maybe that'll be the right tackle. Maybe he'll be the left tackle and Ereck Flowers moves to the right. As of this moment, one tackle spot and maybe two are definitely up in the air.
And honestly, I'm not even sure the middle of the line is set with Pugh at left guard, Weston Richburg at center, and Fluker at right guard. Remember, Pugh used to be a tackle. Maybe he ends up back there with Jerry and Fluker playing the guard spots.
We'll all have to wait and see and find out together this spring.
I'm starting to worry whether or not the Giants will get JPP long term, should I be worried? -- @BigBlueAnt72
I don't know why that would worry you. Jason Pierre-Paul will be a Giant in 2017 now that he's been given the franchise tag, and after that … well, a lot can happen in a year. They could sign him to a long-term deal now. They could do it later. Or they can always slap him with the franchise tag again.
But there's no urgency anymore. It would've been nice for the Giants to sign him to a long-term deal to lower the $16.9 million cap hit they're taking from the franchise tag. But the money he wants far exceeds the money they're willing to pay. And now, while they're relatively flush up against the cap, there's no real need to create a lot of cap room. There's just not much left on the market. And if they see something they like - like, perhaps, Johnathan Hankins - there are other ways to create room, too.
So no, don't worry about this. There's plenty of time to figure it out. All indications have been that both sides want a long-term deal. But a lot can happen between now and then.