By Kevin Major @KevinMajor_Rant on April 12, 2014
Last season, the New York Giants finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. In response, New York used this offseason to make significant changes to their roster. The Giants were extremely active in free agency, signing over two dozen players including Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Geoff Schwartz. While the G-Men made many positive moves, they still made a handful of mistakes this offseason. Here are five of them.
After missing most of last year with a shoulder injury, the Giants re-signed fullback Henry Hynoski this offseason. Hynoski is a good player, but the Giants already have a talented fullback on their roster in John Conner. Conner had a great season for the Giants after being signed to replace the injured Hynoski. New York now has two fullbacks, and unless new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo has a plan to use both, the signing doesn't make sense.
The Giants released center David Baas early in the offseason and replaced him with J.D. Walton. Walton was signed to a two-year contract worth six million, including 2.5 million in guaranteed money. The amount of guaranteed money is risky considering he has not played a regular season game since early in the 2012 season due to ankle injuries. With Walton's long injury history, the Giants should have avoided guaranteeing any money in the deal.
The Giants had a chance to bring in a proven pass-caching tight end this offseason by signing Owen Daniels. Instead, New York signed Kellen Davis, who caught three passes last year. Daniels eventually signed with the Ravens on a one-year, million deal, which is just slightly more than what Davis got from Big Blue. The Giants would have been smart to bring in another receiving weapon to help Eli Manning after his disappointing 2013 season.
Justin Tuck gave the Giants nine years of great play. After two straight injury-plagued years, Tuck recorded 11 sacks in a resurgent 2013 season. Entering free agency, Tuck noted he was willing to take a hometown discount to stay in New York. Still, the Giants failed to make Tuck an offer even remotely close to what he was being offered from Oakland, allowing him to sign with the Raiders. The Giants will miss Tuck's leadership and production.
Re-signing defensive tackle Linval Joseph was rumored to be one of the Giants' top priorities entering the offseason. At 25 years old, Joseph is just entering his prime and is already one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. Unfortunately for the Giants, Joseph signed a five-year, 31.5 million-dollar contract with the Minnesota Vikings. The Giants missed out on retaining a young stud who could have anchored their defense for years to come.
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