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New York Giants Active Early in Free Agency


It is less than a day into the NFL’s free agency period and the Giants have already been very active signing new players to fill some holes on their team, while also re-signing some familiar faces to stay on with Big Blue. Here’s a brief recap of the actions that Giants GM Jerry Reese has orchestrated in the early stages of free agency:

Re-signees:

Josh Brown, K: Brown was solid for the Giants last season, converting 23 of his 26 chances (88%) and a career high 35 touchbacks in the return game.

Stevie Brown, S (1 year, $4 million): Stevie Brown had a breakout season two years ago registering 76 tackles and 8 interceptions for the Giants in 2012 but missed all of 2013 due to injury.

Peyton Hillis, RB (2 years, $1.8 million): Hillis joined the Giants last season after a rash of injuries to the Giants backfield necessitated they bring in some depth. in his 7 games for the G-men Hillis ran for 247 yards and 2 TDs.

Jon Beason, LB: In my opinion the most imporant impending free agent the Giants for the Giants to re-sign this offseason, he middle linebacker provided leadership and performance from that position the Giants haven’t seen in many years.

New Signings:

Rashad Jennings, RB: The former Raider will provide a bruising edge to couple with lightning fast back David Wilson. The 28 year old rushed for 733 yards, 6 TDs and averaged 4.5 yards per attempt last season.

O’Brien Schofield, LB: Schofield was a reserve linebacker for the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks last season, starting only two games and recording only 8 tackles and 1 sack all season. There is a report that his deal may be on hold for medical reasons stemming from a knee injury.

Geoff Schwartz, OG (4 years, $16.8 million): Schwartz was considered by many to be the best offensive guard available in this year’s free agent class and will provide a huge boost for a Giants offensive line that is in desperate need of revamping. Schwartz should be a solid start to that process.

 

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