New York Giants: Which Are Players Set To Become Free Agents In 2019

The New York Giants have a crucial offseason coming up for the future of their franchise. They will have to make multiple tough decisions in 2019, such as who to cut and whether or not to find a new quarterback. Along with that, they will need to decide who they want to resign and who they want to let walk in free agency.

When The Giants Can Start Signing Players:

The 2019 New League Year is on March 13 at 4:00 p.m. This is when all contracts expire and players officially become free agents. Teams can negotiate new deals with their players beginning on March 11. March 13 is the first official day of free agency. The Giants will need to have made decisions on their soon-to-be free agents by that date.

New York Giants With Expiring Contracts:

The Giants have 25 players with expiring contracts this offseason.  Among those 25 players are multiple starters. Players such as Landon Collins, Cody Latimer, Jamon Brown, B.W. Webb, Jon Halapio, Aldrick Rosas, Curtis Riley, Corey Coleman, Elijah Penny, Josh Mauro, and Zack DeOssie are starters on the 2018 Giants who will be free agents this offseason.

In addition to the starters just listed, plenty of depth players have expiring contracts also. Mario Edwards, Kerry Wynn, Russell Shepard, John Greco, Nathan Stupar, John Jenkins, Scott Simonson, Bennie Fowler, Alex Tanney, Kristjan Sokoli, Jordan Williams, Antonio Hamilton, Spencer Pulley, and Alonzo Russell are depth players for the Giants with expiring contracts.

Key Players For The Giants To Resign:

Among these 25 players are a couple of Pro Bowlers and key starters. Landon Collins is a former all-pro who will be looking for a big payday this offseason. In addition, Pro Bowl kicker Aldrick Rosas will look to get paid handsomely after being the best kicker in the NFL in 2018. These are two key, extraordinary players that the Giants will look to resign.

Aside from the Pro Bowl caliber players, the Giants will need to resign a few other starters this offseason. A pair of solid offensive linemen will need new contracts in 2019, Jamon Brown and Jon Halapio.

Jamon Brown was acquired by the Giants during their bye week in 2018. He was a massive improvement over their former starting guard, and quickly became a fan favorite. As soon as Brown stepped on the field for the Giants, the teams started to win and Eli Manning started to play better. Jamon Brown is a player that the Giants must resign in 2019.

Jon Halapio is a quality center who went down with a leg injury in week two of the 2018 NFL season. He was playing the best out of any of the team’s lineman through the first two weeks, and Dave Gettleman was quick to point that out in his post-season presser. The Giants plan to move forward with Halapio as their starting center, so expect to see him get resigned in 2019.

New York Giants: Top Three Positions Of Need in the 2019 Offseason

The New York Giants have won eight of their last twenty-six games. They’re not a good team and have a lot of holes to fill out on the roster. While specific skill positions are filled with quality players – running back and wide receiver – others are in need of support.

Here are three priorities for the New York Giants in 2019:

Right Tackle:

The Giants struck gold last offseason in the NFL draft with their second round selection. Left guard Will Hernandez has already shown he is a great player that will be a building block on the Giants’ offensive line for years to come. The Giants also signed left tackle Nate Solder to a record-breaking contract. These players improved the Giants’ offensive line tremendously. However, the Giants still need help on the right side of the line.

Right guard Jamon Brown was a solid pickup half way through the 2018 season. But his teammate to the right of him struggled all year. Right tackle Chad Wheeler has shown nothing that would indicate he is the Giants’ right tackle of the future. Chad Wheeler had a 47.1 Pro Football Focus grade in 2018, making him the 82nd ranked tackle. In order for the Giants offense to be better next season, they need to make an upgrade at right tackle.

Cornerback:

The New York Giants’ secondary was a major disappointment in 2018.  Janoris Jenkins was not the shutdown cornerback that he used to be, allowing 12.6 yards per reception, 96.6 passer rating, and 6 touchdowns in coverage this season. Second corner B.W. Webb was not much better. He was average, according to Pro Football Focus, earning a grade of 62.6.

Janoris Jenkins has had trade rumors surrounding him for about two years now, and it would not be surprising if general manager Dave Gettleman moved him this offseason. Gettleman likes to give younger players opportunities.

Undrafted rookie Grant Haley showed flashes this season. He could potentially be the Giants’ top corner in 2019 if he continues to develop. He earned an above average PFF grade of 69.3. Another young corner who will be part of the Giant’ future is supplemental draft pick Sam Beal. Beal tore his shoulder this season and did not play a game, but expect to see him play significant snaps next season.

Quarterback:

The Giants have quarterback Eli Manning on the roster, but it is uncertain how much longer he will remain in New York. Manning has not committed to playing next season, and Gettleman has not committed to bringing him back.

Eli Manning is in his fifteenth season. Fans and reporters alike agree that his performance has declined in recent years. Eli was only able to throw for 21 touchdowns this season, despite having fantastic playmakers surrounding him. Pro Football Focus gave Eli a grade of 64.3 and ranked him as the 31st quarterback in the NFL in 2018. Despite this, Eli did throw for 4,299 yards and a 66% completion percentage.

Eli is still a good quarterback, but it is time for the Giants to start looking towards the future. With the quarterback having turned 38 earlier this week, it is evident his time in the NFL is almost up. The Giants need a plan at the position for when Manning is no longer there, and this offseason is a good time to put that plan into place.

 

New York Giants To Start New Offensive Lineman At Right Guard Vs 49ers

The New York Giants are in dire need of help on both sides of the ball after a strenuous first half of the season. Sitting at 1-7 is a Big Blue team seeking leadership and a resurgence with the top NFC East teams notched at just four wins.

Mathematically speaking the Giants are still in the playoff race, and if they can win out in the second half, they can play upset with the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. Even the Washington Redskins pose a threat, despite suffering several significant injures on the offensive line.

The Giants will be attempting to piece together their offensive line once again after the BYE. General manager Dave Gettleman cut ties with right guard Patrick Omameh, allocating $3.5 million in dead money to the 2019 salary cap. At the very least, Gettleman can admit a mistake and move on from it faster than Jerry Reese seemed to be capable of – see Ereck Flowers and any other bust.

The Giants receive support on the offensive line:

The Giants were awarded OL Jamon Brown from the Los Angeles Rams by way of the waiver wire about two weeks ago. Brown was a former starting lineman on the Rams before being suspended for the first two weeks of the season for violating the leagues substance abuse policy.

New York secured a solid option at right guard with this move, presenting a much better option over Omameh or John Greco. It’s reported that Brown will start on Monday night against the 49ers in his debut with the Giants. The new guard started in all 16 games last year for Los Angeles. With Brown taking Greco’s spot, it will be the Giants’ fourth different starting O-line combination in nine games.

New York Giants: Saquon Barkley Talks Film Study, New Blocker

New York Giants, Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley is remaining positive while the 1-7 New York Giants head into their game with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. While things aren’t going so great for the team, Barkley is one of the rare bright spots this season and is still working on getting better. Not that he isn’t already in the running for the title of best player on the team at the moment.

But despite that, he hasn’t allowed his status as a young star to keep him from looking critically at his game. It’s something Barkley spoke on, this Tuesday. “I’m big on watching film, and sometimes it hurts myself because I over-calculate things or I overthink sometimes, so try not to do that and trust myself, play the game, and play the position I’ve been playing since I was a little kid.”

Interestingly, Barkley describes improvement as a need despite his early success. “Every part of my game has room to improve, and that’s a challenge that I’m willing to accept.”

The Giants offensive line picked up a big improvement with former Los Angeles Ram Jamon Brown, and Barkley intends on learning something from Todd Gurley’s former blocker. “I watch film of Todd Gurley and I love the way he plays. He’s an all-purpose back, he’s a threat anytime he touches the ball. He runs physical, he runs great in between the tackles. I would be wrong if I don’t go pick his brain and ask that guy ‘What do you see that Todd did?’ or ‘What made Todd exceptional?’”

Barkley has found it hard to break the 50 yards mark on the ground this season, only doing so three times so far, but has made up for that by contributing in the passing game. He had 38 yards in 13 rushes on the ground, but had 73 yards and an average of 8.11 yards per catch on passing plays against the Washington Redskins.

If he continues on his current pace, Barkley should finish the season with just over 1,000 yards rushing. With the addition of Jamon Brown, however, his performances might get even better. Brown has played in five games for the Rams this season, and as the team is undefeated, they’ve obviously won all of them. He also played in every game for Los Angeles last season, and in the playoff loss against the Falcons.

It’s a pretty good addition for one of the worst offensive lines in the league, an addition that might just help the Giants’ top rusher.

Giants Planning To Upgrade Right Side Of Offenisve Line ASAP

Reserve offensive lineman John Greco has done the best he can to service the line in a similar fashion to Brett Jones in 2017. The New York Giants‘ reserve isn’t the biggest or strongest lineman on the team, but he certainly is the most versatile. He can play center or guard, but ultimately he can’t do it all on his own, and that’s why former Rams guard, Jamon Brown, was brought in on waivers to fill the void.

With Spencer Pulley filling in at center for the last two games, the Giants have been more vulnerable than ever. Brown will offer the Giants a bit more strength at right guard, where the Patrick Omameh experiment failed miserably.

General manager Dave Gettleman allocated a heavy sum towards Omameh – three-years, $15 million. Bringing in Brown will offer more continuity on the line, and to be quite frank, any player the Rams are willing to release is likely an upgrade on another team.

Here’s what Jamon Brown had to say about joining the New York Giants:

“It’s been crazy,” Brown said. “You’re in L.A. on Tuesday, you fly to New York on Thursday. Obviously, it was the bye week. So you fly back to L.A, and then you come back on Sunday, and here we are. One practice in it. I went back and forth twice, and then we’ll go back to San Fran (laughter). So, my frequent flyer miles are out the roof right now.”

Head coach Pat Shurmur plans to start Brown as soon as possible following the BYE week. Hopefully, he can soak in enough about the offense to give it a go, or at the very least present value as a reserve for the time being.

Shurmur stated in regard to the newly acquired guard:

“He was here all day yesterday, and he’s picked things up fairly quickly. You saw he was out there already, and I think (line coach) Hal (Hunter) and (assistant) Ben (Wilkerson) have done a good job getting him up to speed. We’re going to try to get him in there as quickly as possible. This guy started the whole season, had a little incident where he’s no longer starting, and we were thrilled he was available. He’s a big man, he’s athletic, and he certainly looks the part in some of the reps I saw today. We’ll get him up to speed quickly.”

Brown was only forced out of the starting lineup due to a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Moving forward he will contend as a legitimate starter for the remainder of the season and beyond.

New York Giants Grab Starting Right Guard Off Of Waivers

While snatching starting help off the waiver wire is never an optimistic move, the New York Giants might have secured themselves a more than capable right guard.

Former Los Angeles Ram, Jamon Brown, was cut this week, landing on the waiver wire and was claimed by the Giants who had the highest priority. Brown will act as a reinforcement this season, and could even contribute as a starter once he becomes acclimated with their system and play designs.

The Giants signed Patrick Omameh to be the starting right guard this season. He has disappointing immensely, especially after receiver a three-year, $15 million deal. To be fair, his services were easily dismissed by the Jacksonville Jaguars, which was ultimately the first red-flag that I noticed upon his arrival. Omameh is a big strong player, but his lack of fundamental ability is concerning. He’s consistently off balance and fighting to regain leverage on a majority of plays.

Brown offers a 340-pound body and stands at 6-foot-4.  In four seasons, he has accumulated 30 starts. Luckily for him, the Giants are in dire need of support at that position and will likely offer him a potential starting opportunity before the commencement of the 2018 season.

An interesting fact about Jamon Brown that the New York Giants are aware of:

The new pickup was suspended for the first two games of the regular season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. While this is a frequent occurrence across the league, we can only hope it was a one time infringement. The Rams waived him to make room for new edge rusher, Donte Folwer, which subtlety shows his worth.

The Giants would be intelligent to offer him a chance to prove himself in New York.