List of New York Giants Free Agents
The New York Giants won’t be able to properly defend their Super Bowl title after missing out on the 2012 playoffs. Now, they must prepare for 2013 and GM Jerry Reese has already said he expects his team to once again contend for the Super Bowl. However, he has admitted that the 2013 Giants might have a slightly different look than the 2012 version.
Several Giants are scheduled to hit free agency, several at key positions. Reese has his work cut out for him as he tries to reshape a roster that once again faltered after a hot start that saw a 6-2 team only finish at 9-7.
The Giants have 20 unrestricted free agents, three restricted free agents, and three exclusive rights free agents which means half of the Giants roster will need new contracts or to be replaced. For some, they have played their last game as a New York Giant and will look for greener pastures elsewhere or, in some cases, retire.
The Giants will need to add depth in the secondary, linebacker, and along the defensive line after their defense was shredded at times, especially against the run. Injuries and ineffectiveness betrayed the Giants down the stretch after key players went down with injury. The Giants will also need to address the offensive line where depth will also be needed as well as filling a potential hole at left tackle.
Jerry Reese will get some of these deals done before his players hit the open market on March 13th but many will be replaced with younger players in the draft or with other free agents. There will also be a few Giants under contract who might end up joining their fellow free agents in a search for new homes.
Here is a look at every Giants free agent and whether or not they will find themselves on the roster next year. Click “next” to get to the next slide.
Will Beatty, OT
Will Beatty has battled various health issues over the past two seasons but when healthy, he is a very good left tackle and left tackles don’t grow on trees. Beatty should be a priority for Jerry Reese and should be brought back unless Beatty thinks he can get a lot more money on the open market.
Osi Umenyiora, DE
Osi Umenyiora is probably done as a Giant. He had a very public battle with Jerry Reese last off-season and got a deal that paid him $6 million last season. The Giants will need to use that money to address needs elsewhere and free up some playing time for their younger defensive ends they have high hopes in.
Kevin Boothe, G
Kevin Boothe is a steady, dependable member of the Giants offensive line rotation. He can play guard, center, and can handle himself at right tackle if need be. However, he is quietly becoming one of the more dependable members of the offensive line at guard and should be retained.
Kenny Phillips, S
Kenny Phillips has been a consistent performer for the Giants ever since being drafted, at least when he has been healthy enough to play. His knees are a liability at this point but if he can stay healthy he is an asset that is hard to find.
Martellus Bennett, TE
Martellus Bennett came to the Giants with a lot of questions. He answered many of them and became a key member of the Giants offense. However, he still had some bad drops but did enough to remove the doubt and could get a higher contract offer from another team and given the Giants history with the tight end position, the Giants won’t get into a bidding war.
Chase Blackburn, LB
From substitute teacher to Super Bowl hero in 2011, Chase Blackburn became a leader on the Giants defense and should still have something to offer. However, the Giants might want to see what Mark Herzlich has to offer as the starting middle linebacker. However, Blackburn should still be brought back as he shouldn’t be cost prohibitive.
Lawrence Tynes, K
Lawrence Tynes is one of the most consistent kickers in the NFL. However, his range is limited and he is having more and more trouble with kicks beyond 50 yards. I think the Giants will bring him back but also add competition in training camp.
Rocky Bernard, DT
Rocky Bernard was brought back this past season after injuries along the defensive line created a need for him. He has been a steady member of the rotation but the Giants will look to get younger and more athletic at defensive tackle.
Keith Rivers, LB
Keith Rivers was acquired prior to the 2012 NFL Draft and Reese hoped he would shake the injury bug that has plagued him since entering the NFL. That didn’t happen. Rivers missed five games and was never really one hundred percent. When he was healthy he showed flashes of why he was a first round pick but his inability to stay healthy could force the Giants to look elsewhere. If he does come back it will be on a one-year deal.
Domenik Hixon, WR
Domenik Hixon stayed healthy this season after missing most of the last two seasons with ACL injuries. He is a stable third or fourth receiver who also adds depth as a return man. The Giants will probably bring him back.
Ramses Barden, WR
Ramses Barden came to the Giants as a raw prospect with high hopes. He looked excellent against the Carolina Panthers but he was never able to be consistent, a problem throughout his career. With Rueben Randle showing progress throughout the season Barden might not have a spot on the roster.
Bear Pascoe, TE
Bear Pascoe doesn’t get the ball much but he is a valuable member of the Giants’ offense because of his ability to block and lineup at either tight end or as an H-back. He won’t cost a ton to retain and I think the Giants will retain his services, especially if Martellus Bennett leaves for more money.
David Carr, QB
David Carr is not going to get a job as a starting quarterback anywhere and will likely be retained unless someone comes along and shocks him with a large offer or a starting job.
Travis Beckum, TE
Travis Beckum never lived up to expectations. It looked like he was starting to make an impact as the Giants made their run to the Super Bowl last season but then he injured his ACL in the Super Bowl. He was able to make a brief comeback this year before injury once again going down with injury. The Giants will likely move on from Beckum but he will get another shot somewhere else because of his speed.
Sean Locklear, OT
Sean Locklear was brought in to add depth to the Giants offensive line but ended up playing significant time, first at left tackle and then at right tackle after injuries to Will Beatty and David Diehl forced him into the lineup. He played very well before a devastating knee injury put him out of action for the year. Given the extent of the injury I would be shocked if he would be ready to play in 2013.
Kregg Lumpkin, RB
The Giants signed Kregg Lumpkin off the street and he actually played fairly well in limited action with the exception of one fumble. He can catch the ball out of the backfield and might be brought back to compete for a spot in camp.
Justin Tryon, CB
Justin Tryon was supposed to be a depth piece but injuries forced him onto the field a lot more than the Giants might have wanted. There is talent there and the Giants could bring him back as training camp competition.
Ryan Torain, RB
Ryan Torain was brought in with Kregg Lumpkin to add depth to the Giants running game after injuries to Ahmad Bradshaw and Andre Brown put the Giants a precarious position. However, Torain never saw much playing time and will likely be sitting at home waiting for a phone call next season when running backs start to get injured.
Shaun Rogers, DT
Shaun Rogers was added late in free agency last season and missed the season after it was discovered he had a blood clot. I doubt the Giants bring him back given how irritable he seemed during training camp.
Brian Witherspoon, CB
Brian Witherspoon hasn’t had the greatest luck the past couple of years as he has had multiple ACL injuries the past couple of seasons. He might be brought back to compete for a spot in training camp but he has an uphill battle no matter where he ends up.
Victor Cruz, WR
Victor Cruz will be a priority for Jerry Reese and a deal should get done fairly quickly. The Giants and Cruz seemed close during the season so this deal should get done fairly quickly, even after a down year for Cruz. He is a restricted free agent so the Giants would have the right to match any offer.
Stevie Brown, S
Stevie Brown was the surprise of 2012 for the Giants as he led the team with eight interceptions. He was only so-so in coverage and his tackling needs work in the open field but he should be a Giant next season, possibly as a starting safety.
Andre Brown, RB
Andre Brown went from obscure training camp fodder to a viable running back option. A broken leg ended his season early but he certainly did enough to be brought back and could compete for a starting job if Ahmad Bradshaw is let go.
Adrian Tracy, DE-LB
The Giants like Adrian Tracy’s versatility and have experimented with him at defensive end and at linebacker. With Osi Umenyiora likely on his way out the door, the Giants will likely bring back Tracy if he doesn’t get starting money somewhere else.
Jim Cordle, C
Jim Cordle has been a valuable member of the offensive line, providing depth on the inside of the line. He is a spare piece but should make a return.
Justin Trattou, DE
Justin Trattou is another young defensive end the Giants like. He will get a shot to replace Umenyiora but he adds depth and value on the defensive line. He could get a shot to start somewhere else but the Giants will likely make sure they hold onto him.