4 Free Agents the Giants Should Part Ways This Offseason

Heading into the offseason with very little cap space, the New York Giants will have to make some tough decisions on pending free agents.

New York Giants Head Coach, Brian Daboll, in the fourth quarter, just before his team beat the
New York Giants Head Coach, Brian Daboll, in the fourth quarter, just before his team beat the / Kevin R. Wexler / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Sterling Shepard - Wide Receiver

Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3)
Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (3) / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The veteran wide receiver is the longest-tenured Giant surviving through multiple disastrous regimes, but it's likely Shepard has played his last snaps in a Giants uniform. While Shepard won't cost much in free agency, his injury history makes this an expected departure.

Shepard was active for 15 games this season however, he only caught 10 passes for 57 yards. Prior to this season Shepard only played three games in 2022-23 and seven games in 2021-2022.

The career of Shepard will be a massive "what if" for Giants fans. As a rookie Shepard burst onto the scene with 683 yards and 8 touchdowns in a receiving room with Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz. Injuries and poor quarterback play would hold Shepard from ever becoming a 1,000-yard receiver for the Giants but, his effort and intensity will always be appreciated by fans.

Adoree Jackson - Cornerback

The New York Giants looked to accelerate their rebuild in 2021 by signing Kenny Golladay, extending Leonard Williams, signing Kyle Rudolph, and signing Adoree Jackson.

Jackson has been a solid piece for the New York Giants becoming the team's top cornerback. In 37 games with the Giants, Jackson recorded 176 tackles, two interceptions, a forced fumble, and a touchdown. Letting go of Jackson wouldn't be for performance reasons but, rather due to the team's timeline.

New York is at least a year or two away from competing and signing a 29-year-old cornerback long-term wouldn't be the right move considering the team's cap space issues.

Allowing Jackson to walk would have to be followed by adding additional younger cornerbacks through the draft and free agency. The team will return Deontae Banks, Cordale Flott, and Tre Hawkins, all of whom should see extended playing time in 2024.

In our recent Mock Draft, we had the Giants selecting two cornerbacks, which would help in replacing the veteran Jackson. The team will only have $21 million in cap space and with bigger holes than CB, it's unlikely the team will bring back Jackson.