5 Giants on Thin Ice After Busy Start to Free Agency

The start of free agency has been very busy for the New York Giants and with several key additions may signal the end of several Giants' times in New York

Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll (right) walks
Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll (right) walks / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
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4. Azeez Ojulari - Edge Rusher

Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari (51)
Jan 7, 2024; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants linebacker Azeez Ojulari (51) / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants have been waiting for the former second-round pick to take the next step ever since his eight-sack rookie season. The issue however has been health and inconsistent play as Azeez Ojulari has played just 18 games over the past two seasons, combining for just 8.0 sacks in that time.

The addition of Brian Burns is now a massive blow to the playing time of Ojulari as he'll go from an every-down pass rusher to a rotational option. The lighter workload will play a role in keeping Ojulari healthier while it'll also make it hard for the Giants to extend him as he heads into the final season of his rookie contract. A rough training camp could see Ojulari cut before the season while an early edge rush selection in the draft could spell the end of Ojulari's time in New York.

3. Dane Belton - Safety

Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants safety Dane Belton (24) celebrates
Dec 31, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants safety Dane Belton (24) celebrates / Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Giants' decision to let Xavier McKinney walk should have led to guaranteed playing time for Dane Belton.

The signing of Jalen Mills, however, brings Belton's role into question. Belton has appeared in 32 games in his Giants career, however he's started just seven of them, with only two starts coming in 2023. He didn't do much with his playing time last year either, recording 33 tackles, two interceptions, a sack, and a fumble recovery.

The Giants are expected to pursue a safety in the draft as the team had official interviews with several of the top safeties in this year's draft at the combine. If the Giants add a safety via the draft then Dane Belton may find himself in a competition with Gervarrius Owens for the final roster spot at safety in training camp.