The free agency market will have a mixture of veterans and young dynamic players that can help the New York Giants right away. However, the Giants do not have the money, and the players that are out there aren’t worth the money they may be asking for.
For instance, Indianapolis Colts’ DE Dwight Freeney and Chicago Bears’ LB Brian Urlacher are two players that will become available once the free agency period begins in March. Both haven’t gotten assurances from their respective teams that they’ll be back, so they will talk with other teams in hopes of landing a contract more than just one year.
The Colts tried to switch Freeney from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 pass rushing linebacker. It didn’t work, as it is a very difficult transition. Freeney did have five sacks on the season, but wasn’t effective. At 32-years old, it’s difficult to envision Freeney getting the kind of deal he wants, especially after completing a deal that was worth $72 million.
Urlacher’s situation in Chicago is a little more sensitive. Baltimore Ravens’ LB Ray Lewis was a free agent back in the 2009 off-season, and there was a little speculation that he would sign elsewhere. Lewis wasn’t really having any of it, and neither were the Ravens. Urlacher has been with the Bears for so long. It’ll be hard to envision Urlacher in another uniform.
These are two players the Giants should stay away from in free agency. The Giants can definitely use a middle linebacker, but they don’t need a patch job. They need to draft a young guy they can potentially lean on at the position for years to come. Freeney might help the Giants’ pass rushing woes from this season. However, they need to find another pass rusher in the draft to compliment DE Jason Pierre-Paul.
Other free agents on the market include Miami Dolphins’ CB Sean Smith and Cincinnati Bengals’ OL Andre Smith. It is tempting to get either guy, since they are young. However, they simply don’t deserve the money they’re asking for. In other words, the Giants should keep their wallets open for the ones they need to re-sign. Other than that, don’t spend.