Giants lose Tomlinson to Vikings in free agency, but Leonard Williams is on the horizon

New York Giants, Dalvin Tomlinson
Oct 10, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Giants defensive end Dalvin Tomlinson (94) prepares to run onto the field before a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants haven’t been active on the first day of legal tampering in free agency, retaining DT Austin Johnson and signing RB Devontae Booker. Unfortunately, they lost more than they gained, with star interior defender Dalvin Tomlinson signing with the Minnesota Vikings.

While Leonard Williams remains on the horizon for the Giants, they now have a massive hole in the middle of their line that Johnson can’t fill alone. Tomlinson showed incredible growth since his rookie season in 2017. At 26 years old, Tomlinson is just entering his prime and is considered an elite run-stuffer at the NFL level. The Vikings are gaining a rock on the interior and will have a much improved run-stopping game due to the signing.

Williams, on the other hand, is holding the Giants back from spending, as he sits on the franchise tag at $19.3 million. The Giants must extend him and lower his cap hit significantly if they want attack the market with more urgency.