By Dan Marsiglia @DanSigs on March 12, 2014
It's only been one day since free agency began, but the New York Giants have wasted no time getting down to business. The team has already acquired former Kansas City Chiefs guard Geoff Schwartz, former Oakland Raiders running back Rashad Jennings and Super Bowl-winning Seattle Seahawks linebacker O'Brien Schofield.
With free-agency well under way in the NFL, let's step back and analyze the most important free agents in Giants History.
Kerry Collins helped lead the Giants to the Super Bowl in his first full season, and in 2002 he netted the franchise's single-season passing record with 4,073 yards (since broken by Eli Manning). Collins was with the Giants from 1999-2003, and at the time of his release only Phil Simms and Charley Conerly had more total passing yards with the team.
Pete Gogolak was the first soccer-style kicker in pro football history. The Budapest, Hungary native was originally a Buffalo Bill, but the Giants made him a substantial offer to join the team in 1966. This started a bidding war between the AFL and the NFL for top players, and before long the two leagues merged. Gogolak holds the Giant's all-time record for points with 646.
Shaun O'Hara was picked up from the Cleveland Browns in 2004, and for years helped bolster one of the best offensive lines in football. The Hillsborough Township, NJ native was selected to the Pro Bowl three straight years between 2008 and 2010 and was an All-pro in 2008. O'Hara won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2007.
Antonio Pierce, former Washington Redskin, played for the Giants from 2005-2009. Pierce was the captain of their defense from his first year on. In 2006 he was selected to his first Pro Bowl and the following year, he helped lead the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLII. Known for his leadership and consistency as a player, Pierce retired in 2009 after playing in only 9 games.
Plaxico Burress signed with the Giants in 2005 after five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Giants reached the postseason in each of his four seasons with the team, and Burress caught the game-winning pass in Super Bowl XLII. In November 2008, Burress accidentally shot himself at a nightclub in New York City. Pleading guilty to criminal possession of a weapon, Burress spent almost two years in prison and his time as a Giant was over.
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