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The New York Giants Free Agency thus far

The New York Giants have made a couple of moves early in the free agency period.  The Giants have a need for tight end now that Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum both got hurt in the Super Bowl.  The Giants weren’t thinking about the tight end position but they now have a need.  Here are the moves the Giants have made thus far as Thursday was the first day of the free agency period.

The Giants moved quickly to fill a need at tight end.  They signed the now former Cowboy Martellus Bennett.  He is 6-6 and 265 pounds.  He was second on the depth chart in Dallas but was playing behind All Pro Jason Witten.  He played in 60 regular season games and 31 starts for the Cowboys.  He caught 85 passes for 846 yards and four touchdowns.  They were all in 2008 as a rookie the touchdowns.

This is what he had to say “I am just happy to be able to come here and get a chance to be the starter and work with a guy like Eli Manning and with guys around me like Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.  In Dallas it was the same thing with Dez Bryant, but I think it’s different for me now because I get the chance to step up and really show what I can do.”  Here is head coach Tom Coughlin’s reaction “What you have is a talented athlete who played behind an all-pro.  Who is not very satisfied, is not very fulfilled, is anxious.  He is anxious to prove the quality of athlete and football player that he can be.  If you go back to 08, 09, 10, 11 you can see spots where he flashes as what he could be.”

The Giants also have signed Chris Horton who is a safety from the Washington Redskins.  He spent three seasons with them but did not play last year.  He is 6-1 and 215 pounds.  His final two seasons were cut short by injuries.

The Giants resigned Terrell Thomas who was hurt last year in the preseason.  The Giants will be really happy to have him back and playing.  He was coming into his own as a player.