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5 Free Agents the New York Giants Should Target This Offseason

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Free Agents New York Should Target This Offseason

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The New York Giants were a major disappointment this season. Sure, you never know what you’re going to get from them, but to not even be in the playoff hunt, they let down their fans big time this year. If they want to make sure this season goes down as an anomaly, not the start of a downward trend, they will need to make some smart additions in free agency this offseason.

The good news for them is that there are plenty of good available free agents for to choose from this spring. There are impact players on both sides of the ball, and the Giants need plenty of help. New York finished 19th and 29th in the league in passing and running, and so much of that started with an offensive line that struggled all season to give their skill position players the opportunity to make plays.

The defense wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t very good either. They need to shore up a few areas, most glaringly at linebacker. More than anything, they just need to get and stay healthy on the defensive end.

More than talent, the Giants suffered from a lack of veteran leadership this season. Something it had in spades when it was winning Super Bowls, New York had no one to rally the troops and show them how to right the ship when things started going wrong this year. Usually that kind of leadership comes from the quarterback position, but it has Eli Manning there. Enough said.

The Giants have plenty of needs to address this offseason, and they should be targeting these five free agents to help fill them.

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5. Anquan Boldin

Anquan Boldin
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The Giants need veteran leadership more than anything else. Well, veteran leadership and toughness. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin can give them both.

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4. Daryl Smith

Daryl Smith
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Linebacker Daryl Smith, who had 123 tackles this year for the Baltimore Ravens, would fill a need at linebacker and also provide veteran leadership.

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3. Branden Albert

Branden Albert
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Keeping Manning upright is a top priority for the Giants next year, and adding Branden Albert will help upgrade an offensive line that was among the league's worst this season.

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2. Knowshon Moreno

Knowshon Moreno
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The Giants need a good running back and Knowshon Moreno is coming off a great year. Andre Brown has been good when healthy, but that's about all they have. Oh yeah, I guess you have to count David Wilson, although he's about one more bad season away from finding himself on those "biggest busts ever" lists.

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1. Alex Mack

Alex Mack
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Alex Mack is unlikely to wind up with a new team this season, but just in case the Cleveland Browns are crazy enough to let him hit the open market, the Giants should back up a flatbed full of money at him. One of the best interior lineman in the league, he is exactly what New York needs.