Potential Free Agent Targets for New York Giants This Offseason
Looking Ahead To New York Giants 2014 Free Agency
As the regular season is coming to a close, the New York Giants are officially out of the running to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium. With a 5-8 record, the Giants can at best finish the season at .500, but even that is looking very dim.
So, after watching Big Blue struggle seemingly everywhere on the field, it is surely time to take a look into the 2014 Free Agent Class that will searching for new employment around the NFL, and to receive a big pay day, or simply attain a starting job other than then their prior team.
There are some quality players in this year’s class, and with all of the expiring contracts on the Giants as of right now, there will be a good sum of money to spend this offseason to upgrade some key positions.
However, do not expect the Giants to break the bank on any player this offseason, as this organization rarely goes out in free agency and makes a huge splash. But with the current holes on the team, plus coming off an atrocious season, this team is certainly in thee market for some game changers to bolster their squad in 2014.
In this slideshow, we take a look at five potential targets the Giants could have their eye on come offseason. Each player on this list could potentially become game changers with a Giant uniform on in September, so by all means these are some great prospects that could soon call New York home. Let’s take a look.
5. Jermichael Finley
Career Stats: 223 Total Receptions, 2,785 Yards, 20 Touchdowns
This Tight End has been a player that many analysts over the years have projected as one of the top players at his position. Though he has been playing some incredible football, some injuries suffered over the past couple seasons may scare away potential employers.
The Giants are in desperate need of a franchise tight end, but cannot afford a player like Jimmy Graham. Finley fits in perfectly with this Giants offense, and will certainly be a major consideration in the front office in a couple months.
4. Toby Gerhart
Career Stats: 1,305 Yards, 4.7 Yds Per Carry, five Touchdowns
The former Heisman Runner-Up for Stanford has been waiting for his opportunity to become a full time starter ever since being taken in the 2010 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. Gerhart has been the backup of reigning NFL MVP Adrian Peterson, so he’ll be looking for a starting gig elsewhere this winter.
The Giants are in desperate need of a running back this offseason, and Gerhart fits the bill perfectly. His combination of speed, strength and athleticism makes him the prototypical Giants runningback. It shouldn’t cost them a whole lot to sway him to play for an organization of such prestige as the Giants.
3. Vontae Davis
Career Stats: 241 Combined Tackles, 13 Interceptions, 48 Passes Defended, 1 Touchdown
One of the most likely free agents that the Giants will go after this offseason is cornerback Vontae Davis. In his years on the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts, the shut down corner has propelled the once dismal Colts secondary into one of the fiercest in the AFC South.
In desperate need of cornerback depth and talent, the Giants will do everything in their power to attain Davis this offseason to pair with Prince Amukamara to create one of the most feared duos in the NFL.
2. Brian Orakpo
Career Stats: 220 Combined Tackles, 38 Sacks, one Interception, one Touchdown
Widely regarded as one of the best upcoming linebackers in the NFL, Orakpo will be looking to play for an organization to compete and win at a high level. And with a team like the Giants that do have pieces across the board, the outside linebacker could be the missing piece for this defense.
Without a question, Jon Beason is the leader of this defensive corps, and the Giants will be bringing him back for at least next year. If you add Orakpo to that linebacking corps, great things will happen, no doubt about it.
We can't forget, with his Subway commercials, that he could make a heck of a lot more money with sponsorships in the Big Apple opposed to Maryland.
1. Wesley Woodyard
Career Stats: 428 Combined Tackles, 8 Sacks, 6 Forced Fumbles, 5 Interceptions
Arguably the most talented player on this list, Woodyard would add a whole other dynamic to the Giants defense. Regarded as a Top 5 player at his position, Woodyard would provide the much needed toughness and skill the Giants haven’t seen at the outside linebacker position in years.
Also, the Giants would be willing to pay this linebacker hefty cash to bring him to New York. With his addition, the Giants would instantly become one of the top defenses in the NFC.