New York Giants: The Giants’ pending UFA’s – Part one, defense

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Six in one, a half-dozen in the other. This group is replaceable but there is cause for them to stick around.

The Giants have three defensive ends who are pending UFA’s. One, maybe two will be back.

Mario Edwards, defensive end, 24 – The Giants picked up Edwards off waivers from Oakland before the start of the season. He played in 15 games, made 14 tackles, with a pair of sacks and five QB hits. He’s a serviceable player at a position that heavily rotates personnel. He’ll probably have to take a pay cut from the $1.5M he made in 2018.

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Josh Mauro, defensive end, 28 – The Stanford alum started the season on a four-game PED suspension. He was part of the defensive line rotation last year and started in four of the 12 games, he was in. Last season he played for $880K. If he’s willing to play under a similar contract, bring him back.

Kerry Wynn, defensive end, 28 – The versatile defensive lineman has been with the Giants since he signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014. Wynn had 39 tackles, including a sack-and-a-half in 14 games last year. A loyal soldier in the Big Blue army, he deserves to come back in 2019.

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Landon Collins, safety, 25 – I wrote last week that the Giants need to do whatever it takes to get Collins re-signed. I want to add one thing, there is no player in either free agency or the draft that can replace all that he does. Aside from being a great player, Collins is the New York Giants poster boy for intangibles.

Curtis Riley, safety, 26 – He was a bargain free agent signing last March. Riley started all 16 games opposite Collins making 76 tackles, with four interceptions (including a pick-six). A great return on a $630K investment. Give the kid a moderate raise and let him compete for his job again. Even if Riley gets beat out, his experience starting in the Giants system is invaluable.

Next. What Kyler Murray’s decision means for the Giants and Jets. dark

Tomorrow we look at the offense.