NEW YORK – It didn’t take long for a new wave of emotion to rush over Giants fans since the Super Bowl win over the Patriots, for a second time, in Super Bowl XLVI. The prospects and free agents are everywhere and there are players for every position. I discussed the fact that the Giants would strike quickly in my article yesterday and the Boys in Blue did not disappoint. News broke before 10:00 AM about the team re-signing CB Terrell Thomas to a 4-year deal worth over $25 million, to the pleasure of Giants fans all over the internet. They followed up by re-signing two more cornerbacks Michael Coe and Justin Tryon. They also signed OL Joel Reinders (6’8″ 317 pounds) and TE Larry Donnell (6’6″ 269 pounds), neither have NFL experience. The entire NFL was set ablaze today with excitement and anticipation of what moves their respective teams might make. I am one of those fans on the most basic level, as we all are, and couldn’t wait to see who the G-Men picked up. Giants GM Jerry Reese does a wonderful job handling these things, even if you cannot see the impact right away, it becomes evident by the end. Jerry Reese, once again, deserves to be NFL GM of the Year!
The Free Agency madness will continue for quite a while but I expect the most damage to be done within the first 48-72 hours. After that, you are picking bones for talent. GM Jerry Reese knows this and knows it makes no difference if you pick up a guy in the first hour or last hour of free agency. The only thing that changes is the level of talent you are getting at a lower price, the further down the rabbit hole you go. I fully expected the Giants to make at least one considerable signing today in an area of need and they did. It just made too much sense not to pull the trigger. If not done by today, then I would have expected them to make two signings tomorrow. Also, prepare to have your hearts broken because there a few fan favorite players that might not be with the team next year. It’s the mathematical part of the game that hurts the most. It’s pure business but a very cold dish to serve.
The Giants have so many free agents this year and very little wiggle room with the cap space. Jerry Reese and the front office will need to make miracles happen. It would be nice to tighten up the defense a little with signing a free agent linebacker with an Antrel Rolle athletic level. But they also need to keep current Giants players under contract for long stretches. There is a lot of work to do but today was a good start. They are not done at all Giants fans, so hold onto your seat. Rumors are still swirling about TE Kevin Boss, WR Steve Smith, WR Plaxico Burress all possibly returning to Big Blue and now news of Dallas TE Martellus Bennett coming to East Rutherford for a visit. Keep an eye on the running backs and linebackers. I think Jerry Reese has made the Giants draft plan a bit clearer with these moves. In my opinion, he still needs to sign DE Osi Umenyiora, S Deon Grant, DE Dave Tollefson, WR Mario Manningham and WR Victor Cruz. Could you imagine the Giants defense if they signed Mario Williams!
Who will be the top three most important free agent signings for Big Blue?
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I would love osi to stay and would not mind seeing old friends like boss, steve smith or even plax.but mario williams would really be something else if the g-men have the cash.
I can’t imagine how opposing teams would be able to do anything against our defense, adding Williams is a 5 or 6 year choice they would be making.
Osi has one year left and they will wait till next year – don’t have to move on him yet. Bennett is intriguing but wonder if Fleener in the draft is better. Or do you shoot for a speed linebacker like Zach Brown as first pick. Definitey TE and Linebacker as top needs.
Hello David, they have talked to Osi about working his contract out for two years now, the time has come in my opinion. He will demand a trade if they try to wait an additional year. I could see Boss returning and they already signed Ballard, so I would be surprised if they sign Bennett, it’s an upgrade so I hope they do.
here we are in day 2 now of free agent craziness.will today be the day the g-men pull the trigger on a big name rob.i agree totally in what you said in your article about how after 3 days it will be like picking bones.would love to see action on the g-mens side by 4pm today;then again i remember last year waiting and waiting but no big names were to be had.im not complaining because i loved the result.i have all my faith in reese and company.but a big move would be nice lol.
Reese is clearly focused on TE’s and CB’s so far. The madness continues…
tight end martellus bennett not bad.lets see what else big blue has in store for us.
Not bad at all, he was playing behind Witten all of the time, so we may now finally see what this kid can do.
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