The New York Giants will look to improve their pass rush in 2019 after a tough season where the unit only recorded 30 total sacks, finishing 31st in the league above only the Oakland Raiders.
General manager Dave Gettleman utilized free agency and the draft to improve the offensive line last season, but this time around the defensive line needs an upgrade as Connor Barwin has been released after a one-year deal.
A great option for the New York Giants:
Philadelphia Eagles veteran defensive lineman Brandon Graham could fit the bill perfectly for Big Blue. His ability to rush the passer but also play the run is still great, despite being 31-years-old. Graham recorded just four sacks last year but racked up 39 total tackles and 11 quarterback hits.
Graham has managed at least 10 QB hits over the past four consecutive seasons, which should indicate his dominance in the trenches. His primary skill is pass-rushing, but he’s capable of being a big body in the middle — 6-foot-2, 265-pounds.
How much cap space do the Giants have?
The NFLPA projects the 2019 NFL cap to reach $195 million, and the Giants will have about $27.42 million in space to make moves. They have $9 million below the league average, but I would expect several moves to open up space for free agency.
If the Giants release Olivier Vernon, they can open up $11.5 million in cap. They can also save $7.75 million by releasing Janoris Jenkins- I would keep Jackrabbit, though, as he’s ‘a shutdown corner when at the top of his game.
If Vernon is cut it would make the potential signing of Graham on a cheaper deal that much more attractive.