The New York Giants need more resources allocated towards the cornerback position, simply put. The loss of Janoris Jenkins leaves the defense without a real No. 1 corner, which will be problematic in 2020 if they don’t address the position with more talent.
The New York Giants have several ways to snag a top corner:
While the NFL Draft has plenty of options, including Ohio States’ Jeff Okudah at the top of the first round, free agency might be a better source for the Giants. Reports have stated that the Jacksonville Jaguars are preparing to release their top corner in A.J. Bouye, who was one of the most sought after defenders in 2017.
After recording six interceptions in 2017, Bouye slowly lost in mojo, primarily with the injection of the outgoing Jalen Ramsey, who often made things about himself rather than the team. There’s little evidence to suggest Bouye can’t return to being a Pro-Bowl caliber player, and that’s what the Giants should be looking at as they scour the market for better alternatives.
John Oehser of the Jaguars website confirmed that Bouye would likely be cut due to salary cap reasons, stating:
I do believe there is a better chance of Jaguars left guard Andrew Norwell returning next season than players such as wide receiver Marqise Lee, linebacker Jake Ryan, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, cornerback A.J. Bouye, etc. I expect the latter four to be released for salary-cap reasons, but Norwell is unknown.
The Giants are desperately in need of a new No. 1 corner, and I believe Bouye can fit the bill on a more cap-friendly deal than most. Don’t get me wrong, he will cost a pretty penny based on his past valuation and the need for him, but at 28-years-old and coming off two good and not great years, the Giants might be able to get him at a slightly discounted price.
Keep an eye out for him in the coming months.