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New York Giants Free Agents 2014


 

 

After a very disappointing season for the New York Giants, it is time to start planning and managing the personnel for the 2014 regular season. With the task comes the job of dealing with all the players with expired contracts on the Giants’ roster, and the list is quite plentiful. More than 10 starters on the Giant’s roster are unrestricted free agents this year, and it is likely that several of them will not be resigned. Here is a complete list of all of the New York Giants’ free agents in 2014.

 

  • Justin Tuck, DE (starter)
  • Hakeem Nicks, WR (starter)
  • David Diehl, RT (starter)
  • Stevie Brown, S (starter)
  • Andre Brown, HB (started in place of injured David Wilson)
  • Terrell Thomas, CB (started in place of injured Corey Webster)
  • Brandon Myers, TE (starter)
  • Linval Joseph, DT (starter)
  • Keith Rivers, LB (starter)
  • Jon Beason, LB (starter)
  • Kevin Boothe, OG (starter)
  • Ryan Mundy, S (started in place of injured Stevie Brown)
  • Josh Brown, K (starter)
  • Spencer Paysinger, OLB (starter)
  • Henry Hynoski, FB (starter)
  • Bear Pascoe, TE
  • Chad Jones, S
  • Trumaine McBride, CB
  • Curtis Painter, QB
  • Louis Murphy, WR
  • Mike Patterson, DL
  • Aaron Ross, CB
  • Mark Herzlich, LB
  • Jim Cordle, C
  • Shaun Rogers, DT
  • Peyton Hillis, RB

Obviously, this does not bode well for the New York Giants. Fifteen total players on this list are either designated starters, projected starters who missed the season due to injury, or players who played the majority of the season as a starter due to injuries. However, the Giants will not be able to resign all of them and many of them will be lost to free agency. Some of the most intriguing situations about these free agents are the amount of key players on the defense, especially at the linebacker position. Four linebackers that all played a significant amount of snaps this year (Beason, Rivers, Herzlich, and Paysinger) are all potential free agents, and resigning some of them, especially Jon Beason, has to be high on the management’s priority list. Assuming that not all of them are resigned, the Giants would potentially look into drafting one such as C.J. Mosley or Khalil Mack.

Also, the fates of the first two names on this list will likely be the biggest stories for the Giants this offseason. Justin Tuck has been a phenomenal player for the Giants, but is it really worth it to resign him? Rookie Damontre Moore has proven his capability, and he may be a financially and strategically smart replacement for the expensive Tuck. Also, this year we saw both Reuben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan step up at the wide receiver positions. Perhaps they could be sufficient compliments to Victor Cruz, allowing the Giants to spend their money elsewhere in free agency.

Although Tuck and Nicks have both been franchise players for Big Blue over recent years, don’t be surprised to see them and many more of your favorite Giants part ways with the team this offseason.

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  • James McDermott

    You say it doesn’t bode well for the team because of the amount of starters that are on that list but is there any one of them that you deem a game breaker other than Beason?
    There’s a handful I’d love to have back (Tuck, Nicks, both Browns) but I do not see another irreplaceable player other than Jon Beason on this list.

    • Carson Coudriet

      That’s true Beason is the most important to resign but it’s nearly impossible for the Giants to resign or pick up a quality player in free agency, meaning that they will have to settle for a sub par player for at least one position, but most likely more.