New York Giants Add a Tight End and a Middle Linebacker in Free Agency
For the New York Giants this could be the off-season of the one-year contracts. After signing Louis Murphy the Giants also announced they have signed linebacker Dan Connor and tight end Brandon Myers, both to one-year contracts.
Myers, 27, was a sixth round pick in 2009 by the Oakland Raiders. Last season Myers exploded last season catching 79 passes for 806 yards and four touchdowns. Prior to last season, Myers had only caught 32 passes his first three seasons in the NFL. Myers will replace Martellus Bennett who caught 55 passes last year before signing a multi-year deal with the Chicago Bears.
Myers has good size at 6’4” and 250 pounds. He doesn’t have great speed but is a steady player and was a target of the Giants since the beginning of free agency according to Ralph Vacciano. That makes some sense as the Giants really showed no desire to bring Bennett back. Myers is a much better pass-catcher than he is a blocker. He isn’t completely deficient in that area but he isn’t the most reliable blocker.
In Connor, the Giants add veteran depth to compete at middle linebacker with Mark Herzlich and likely spells the end of Chase Blackburn’s tenure with the Giants. Connor was originally a first round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2008. He never lived up to the potential he displayed coming out of Penn State as injuries have lingered throughout his career. Last season he appeared in 14 games for the Dallas Cowboys and recorded 57 tackles, his second highest total next to the 75 he recorded for the Panthers in 2011.
The Giants might not have a lot of cap space but that isn’t keeping them from retooling their roster. So far Louis Murphy, Aaron Ross, Josh Brown, Cullen Jenkins and Ryan Mundy have been added while Will Beatty, Keith Rivers, Shaun Rogers and Ryan Torain have been re-signed so far. Most of the deals have either been team-friendly multi-year deals or one-year deals so far.