With the offseason in full swing, the New York Giants are in the belly of the beast, consisting of player evaluations, contractual negotiations, and the implementation of a new system. Turning over the coaching staff for the third time in five years is not an ideal scenario, but the reality is, the Giants had no choice as they pondered the retirement of Eli Manning and flipped the chapter on a 16-year constant at quarterback.
In this week’s episode of “Fireside Giants,” we break down the Leonard Williams, $15 million per season request, take a look at a few different draft scenarios, and three free agents that the Giants should target.
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Williams is an interesting option for GM Dave Gettleman, as his pride stands in the way of making a good or bad decision. With Patrick Graham settling in as the Giants’ defensive coordinator, it’s important to note that he plans on implementing a hybrid system, which could result in just two interior defensive linemen featuring at times.
Both Dalvin Tomlinson and Dexter Lawrence should be the primary options. If the Giants plan on bouncing around between the 3-4 and 4-3 scheme, Williams would be nothing more than a rotational player earning $15 million per season. The more valuable approach would be to allocate that money towards a top pass-rusher in free agency, and not a guy who logged just 0.5 sacks in 2019. While his QB pressures did increase while on the Giants, not being able to finish doesn’t help with quarterbacks being more mobile in today’s NFL.
We also dive into free agent options like Devin McCourty, Brian Poole, and Byron Jones. All three represent a significant improvement in the secondary for the Giants, and you won’t want to miss our breakdown in the podcast! Please subscribe and give us a 5-star review! We will only be improving as time goes on and hopefully getting some fantastic guests on the show to make your experience even more valuable.