Jihad Ward - Edge Rusher
One Giant who certainly won't be returning in 2024 is veteran edge rusher Jihad Ward.
Ward is close with former defensive coordinator Wink Martindale, whose departure likely means that Ward also won't return. In two seasons in New York Ward recorded eight sacks, 67 tackles, and three forced fumbles.
The New York Giants will return Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari at edge rusher and will likely add another edge via the draft or free agency as injury insurance for the younger duo.
New York Giants: Looking at an underwhelming offseason
All things considered, the Giants are looking at a fairly underwhelming offseason. The lack of cap space means if anything we see more subtractions than additions in free agency.
New York will likely have to punt this offseason and look towards 2025, when they can get contracts like Daniel Jones off the books and look to rebuild this roster that lacks talent.
This cap crunch will make the 2024 draft much more important as the easiest way to add cheap contributors is through drafting well.