New York Giants Free Agents:
Unrestricted Free Agents:
D.J. Fluker (OL) – The Giants signed Fluker to a one-year prove it deal in 2017, and now they will be face with the decision to either retain him, or let him walk. Fluker insisted that he feels he proved his worth last season, so he expected a longer deal.
Verdict: The Giants would be wise to keep Fluker on the pay-roll, as the big bodied guard would be a decent starter but an even better backup if the Giants are plagued by injuries again.
Keenan Robinson (LB) – The cover linebacker has been plagued by injuries throughout his career.
Verdict: Letting Robinson walk would be the best move for the Giants, as his injuries have restricted him from really contributing towards the success of the team.
Shane Vereen (RB) – The versatile running back finished his three-year, $12.35 million deal in 2017, and he certainly didn’t earn the money that Jerry Reese splashed on him. In his first year, Vereen recorded solid numbers, but it only declined from there. Injuries are the story for this player as well.
Verdict: Letting Vereen go should be on the agenda for general manager Dave Gettleman. With Wayne Gallman rising as a change of pace back, the Giants are better off moving on from the former Super Bowl winning running back.
Jonathan Casillas (LB) – Another injury prone player the Giants need to decide on. The linebacker suffered a neck injury this season, and will be 31 in this year. His ability to lead will be the decision maker here if the neck injury doesn’t end up forcing him to retire.
Verdict: Casillas is one of the few players on the team that is a serious locker-room presence and leader on the field. A stand up guy all around, and deserves at least an opportunity on the defense. He’s not the best player of the bunch, but he is a solid reserve linebacker. A one-year deal with minimal guaranteed money would be fair given his current situation.
Justin Pugh (OL) – Pugh only featured in eight games this season due to a re-occurring back injury. In 2016, he played in only 2011, making him a risky decision due to his injury history. When Pugh does play, he is one of the league’s best guards, making hi a commodity.
Verdict: The Giants need to address the offensive line, and Pugh’s injury history makes this a tough call. If they can get him to agree to a deal with a lot of game-incentives and minimal guaranteed money, it would be a good one. The problem is that lineman will be sought after in free agency, and somebody is going to drop the cash for the young lineman.
Kerry Wynn (DE) – A quality reserve lineman that can push the pocket.
Verdict: Wynn has been on the Giants for several years as a reserve defensive lineman, but he didn’t contribute much this year. It’s better to let him walk.
Weston Richburg (C)- The center is coming off his rookie deal and will be looking for a pay-increase and stability.
Verdict: If the Giants feel as though he’s a necessity, then by all means splash the cash. I think the Giants can survive without him and use that money to sign Pugh.
Geno Smith (QB) – Smith is looking for a second chance at being a starter.
Verdict: Smith is a goner, simply because he’s tired of being a backup. Goodbye!
Ross Cockrell (CB) – The former Pittsburgh corner was signed mid-season to aid the Giants’ ailing secondary. He’s been a bright light on the defense, finishing the season with three interception in two games.
Verdict: Keeping Cockrell on the defense should be a priority, as his play down the stretch is deserving of a deal.
Orleans Darkwa (RB) – The Giants’ starting running back this year had a decent season, but he will likely not come 2018. His only use would be as a backup, and with Wayne Gallman rising, Darkwa might not be needed in the backfield.
Verdict: Let him walk, unless he’s open to a team-friendly deal with heavy incentives.
John Greco (OL) – The former Brown was brought in mid-season to help on the offensive line, but never really stood out in limited action.
Verdict: The guard is 32 years old and a 10-year veteran. If he’s open to fighting for a starting role and agreeing to a simple contract, there’s no problem with keeping him around to compete.
Kelvin Shepard (LB) – The former Miami middle linebacker was always an average player, but when the Giants brought him back this season he played valiantly.
Verdict: For a team with little to no linebacker help, bringing Shepard back on a veteran deal in a reserve role would be a smart move.
Mark Herzlich (LB) – The linebacker spent the season on injury reserve.
Verdict: The Giants’ long time special teams connoisseur has managed to hang around the organization for some time. Herzlich is a professional and is a pleasure to have in the locker room. He’s one of the guys you keep on the roster because of his culture presence.
Akeem Ayers (LB) – Signed to fill in at linebacker this season.
Verdict: Let him walk, he didn’t produce enough to deserve anything.
Jay Bromley (DT) – Has failed to live up to the hype.
Verdict: After having a solid pre-season, Bromley failed to live up to his potential once again. Better to let him walk and find another team to play mediocre football for.
Darryl Morris (CB) – Was a late-season signing, but wasn’t anything to write home about.
Verdict: The Giants could choose to keep him around to compete, but he will likely end his time with the Giants on the practice field if anything, No harm in giving him an opportunity.
Nick Becton (OL) – Unknown player that didn’t make a name for himself… Literally.
Verdict: Let him walk.
Tavarres King: This was King’s most productive season, but with a healthy number of receivers returning in 2018, he may be useless in the long-run.
Verdict: Letting him compete for a backup receiver position would be the best move for the Giants in 2018.
Nat Berhe (S) – A failed safety who has struggled heavily with concussions
Verdict: With Berhe’s history of concussions beginning to jeopardize his career, it may be better to cut-ties with him and avoid a catastrophic scenario.
Devon Kennard (LB/DE) – The dual-threat player had a solid season, and he could be valuable as a rotational guy in the future.
Verdict: Kennard is a solid contributor and can be thought of as a dynamic player. Keeping him on to keep defenses on their toes would be the best move for the Giants.