5 Free Agents The Giants Should Consider
The New York Giants made a number of great splashes in free agency that paid off last off-season as the team had its first winning season since 2012-13. The additions of Olivier Vernon, Damon Harrison, and Janoris Jenkins, among others, proved their worth with their excellent play last season.
But who could the Giants target this time around? Here are a few options they should consider:
*List does not include any of their own free agents*
Andrew Whitworth, LT: Whitworth is one of the most consistent players at his position, and one of the oldest. At 35-years-old, Whitworth should be looking for a contender as his career winds down. With Ereck Flowers failing to live up to the expectations he was given when drafted by the Giants in the first round of 2015, Whitworth would be able to lock down the left side of that line alongside Justin Pugh and allow Eli Manning more time to distribute the ball to his playmakers.
Lawrence Timmons, ILB: One of the best inside linebackers in this free agent class, Timmons is going to be heavily sought after by many teams. With the Giants possibly losing Keenan Robinson and Kelvin Sheppard in free agency, there will be a major hole to fill in the middle of that defense. At 31-years-old, Timmons could make a great 2-3 year fix that could help the Giants defense reach another level.
Kevin Minter, ILB: Minter is one of the youngest free agents available this season. At 26-years-old, Minter progressed every year with the Arizona Cardinals. His work ethic, paired with that of Olivier Vernon, could help further the culture change in the Giants locker room. Minter has greatly improved his skill in pass-defending and has great speed for his size. He could be an immediate and long-term fix for the Giants and Steve Spagnuolo’s defense.
Nick Fairley, DT: Should Johnathan Hankins leave via free agency, Nick Fairley would become a very intriguing option on the market. With maturity issues in his past, Fairley seems to finally be focused on the game, which could easily be seen last season with the Saints. With New Orleans, Fairley totaled 6.5 sacks, a career high. With his play trending up, Fairley could be a suitable replacement for Hankins and a well needed addition on the interior of the Giants defensive line.
Anquan Boldin, WR: The oldest player on this list at 36-years-old, Boldin would provide much needed leadership on the offensive side of the ball for the Giants. With Victor Cruz now a free agent, Boldin would likely fill his role and then some. As a safety blanket for Manning, Boldin would be looked upon to mentor young wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepherd. As a one-year rental, Boldin would be a perfect addition to the Giants.
Notable names to keep an eye on: Russell Okung (LT), Kelvin Beachum (LT), Duron Harmon (S), Alex Okafor (LB), Jordan Cameron (TE), Earl Watford (OT), and Paul Kruger (DE/LB).