Losing guard Andrew Norwell to the Jacksonville Jaguars is undoubtedly a big blow to the Giants' offseason plans. He was their top target, according to a source. He was going to be the centerpiece of their rebuilt offensive line.
But just because Norwell is reportedly set to sign a five-year, $66.5 million deal with the Jags doesn't mean that Giants GM Dave Gettleman can't "fix" his offensive line quickly. There are still plenty of options for the Giants in free agency.
Here's a quick look at a few:
G Justin Pugh - Giants
Gettleman insisted that he's fond of Pugh, who has told teams he's fully recovered from the back injury that cost him much of last season. Pugh has been looking forward to free agency, though, and won't come cheaply - especially since he might be the best guard on the market now that Norwell is gone.
G Senio Kelemete - Saints
It was lost on no one that, when discussing the importance of guards while at the NFL scouting combine, Gettleman heaped heavy praise on the New Orleans Saints. The 27-year-old Kelemete stepped in as a backup and started eight games last season, and drew high marks for his play. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder is expected to find a starting job somewhere else.
G Josh Kline - Titans
The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder has been the Titans' starting right guard for the two years since he came to them from New England. Some consider him right up there with Pugh as the next best guard on the market behind Norwell. The Titans are trying hard to re-sign him.
G/T Chris Hubbard - Steelers
A 6-foot-4, 295-pound backup who played well in 10 starts last season. His versatility should appeal to the Giants, and he doesn't appear likely to return to Pittsburgh.
T Nate Solder- Patriots
The Giants were more focused on guards heading into free agency because, according to a team source, they believed the tackle market would be overpriced (as usual). But what if they're wrong and it's the guard market that goes crazy? They do want someone to push and/or replace Ereck Flowers, and Solder is the best left tackle on the market. He'll be 30 in April, but Andrew Whitworth was a force for the Rams last season at 35.
C Ryan Jensen- Ravens
This seems unlikely because the Giants appear to be committed to restricted free agent Brett Jones at center, at least in the short term. But both he and Jones could play guard, too, so there could be room for both of them. The bigger issue is Jensen is the best center on the market, so he's going to get paid.
G Jack Mewhort- Colts
Knee injuries limited him to just 15 games over the last two seasons, so that's a concern. But the 6-6, 305-pounder is still only 26 and has started 45 games in his four-year career. If he's healthy, he could be a very inexpensive option.