New York Giants: 5 internal free agents to keep and 5 to let walk away

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Go – Antonio Hamilton, CB, UFA (27, $1M)

He started the first game of the season and the last game of the season. In the 14 games between, Antonio Hamilton played 23 defensive snaps. With all the problems Big Blue had at cornerback last year, the fact that Hamilton couldn’t crack the lineup means he isn’t very good. It took several injuries and Janoris Jenkins‘ departure for him to get playing time. With Deandre Baker, Corey Ballentine, Grant Haley, and Sam Beal on the roster, there won’t be enough playing time for him in 2020 either.

Hamilton was a stalwart of the New York Giants special teams but only made four tackles. That’s not enough production to bring him back.

Stay – Corey Coleman, WR/KR, UFA (26, $720K)

The Cleveland Browns will say that Corey Coleman is a bust. They selected him with the 15th overall pick in 2016, out of Baylor University. Between injuries and lack of production, he lasted only two seasons. Both Buffalo and New England had him briefly in September of 2018. Big Blue signed him to their practice squad in October and he turned out to be a diamond in the rough as a kick returner.

Coleman played every game in the second half of 2018, returning 23 kicks for 598 yards. His 26 yards-per-return average was sixth-best in the NFL. Coleman was even getting reps with the offense at wide receiver. He was fighting for the third receiver job in training camp last summer when he tore his ACL and was forced to miss the entire 2019 season. If he can return from his injury, Coleman is one of the most dynamic return men in the league. He is worth re-signing.