5 Free Agents The New York Giants Should Re-Sign This Offseason
5 Key Free Agents For New York Giants
This is going to be an interesting offseason for the New York Giants. It’s been a whole two seasons since the Giants last won a Super Bowl, but the natives are already getting restless after a couple of subpar seasons. There’s a lot of pressure on the team and the organization to get back to the postseason and make a run at another Lombardi Trophy.
It appears that Tom Coughlin is going to return as head coach, despite the belief that it might be best for both sides to move on from one another. With that issue settled, New York needs to find a way to get better on the field, either in free agency or in the draft.
Of course, the first step in the process is deciding which of the team's own free agents they would like to bring back and which they’re going to be willing to let go. This is going to be tricky for the Giants as they have plenty of talent on their roster, but there’s no doubt that changes need to be made. They may even need to make significant changes which will make it tough to decide who to keep and who to get rid of.
The Giants have some tough decisions to make as they may have to cut ties with wide receiver Hakeem Nicks as well as a few other longtime Giants. At the same time, there are plenty of free agents that they should re-sign for next season. Here are five of them.
5. Kevin Boothe, Offensive Line
There wasn’t a whole lot to be proud of along the Giants' offensive line this season, but Boothe may be someone they need to bring back. Boothe can play either guard or center, while Justin Pugh could either stay at right tackle or move to guard after a promising rookie season. That flexibility could be important to the Giants as they look to bolster the offensive line in free agency and the draft.
4. Andre Brown, Running Back
Brown became an important part of the offense after returning from a broken leg. Even though the Giants will need to bolster the running back position, most likely through the draft, they would be smart to re-sign Brown even if he’s not going to be the top back on the depth chart.
3. Josh Brown, Kicker
Brown only missed three field goals in 26 attempts all season, which was the third highest percentage of his career. The Giants have far more pressing issues to worry about than replacing their kicker, so Brown should definitely be re-signed.
2. Jon Beason, Linebacker
Beason made a meaningful impact when he joined the Giants this season, making 93 tackles in just 12 games. There’s a lot of work to do at the linebacker position for the Giants, but Beason has to be part of the equation. They’d be wise to re-sign him as soon as possible, because if he hits the open market there’s no doubt he will get offers from other teams.
1. Justin Tuck, Defensive End
Tuck is getting a little old, but 8.5 of his 11 sacks this season came in the final month of the season so he’s far from over the hill. It could take a significant contract offer to re-sign him, but if the Giants want to bounce back next season and get to the playoffs they’re going to need a strong pass rush. Re-signing Tuck is the best way to ensure that happens.