Giants Sign Former Raiders Guard to Bolster Offensive Line

The New York Giants are one of the biggest winners on day one of free agency as their offensive line looks as good as it's been in the past few years.
Oct 22, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Las Vegas Raiders guard Jermaine Eluemunor (72) heads to the
Oct 22, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Las Vegas Raiders guard Jermaine Eluemunor (72) heads to the / Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants' busy start to free agency continues with a two-year deal worth $14 million dollars for Raiders offensive lineman Jermaine Eluemunor. The Raiders lineman brings versatility playing both guard and tackle giving the Giants options incase of injuries to Evan Neal. Eluemunor will be a massively underrated signing as he's coming off of an incredible season in Las Vegas.

The Giants offensive line appears set now with Andrew Thomas, Jermaine Eluemunor, John Michael Schmitz, Jon Runyan Jr, and Evan Neal. The Giants offensive line was abysmal in 2023 allowing 85 sacks last season. The group will need to be much improved in 2024 to keep Daniel Jones healthy as the team has improved mightily on the line and on defense.

The Giants entered the off-season with a massive need at guard after using a rotating cast at the position in 2023 including Mark Glowinski, Justin Pugh, Josh Ezeudu, Shane Lemiuex, and Markus McKethan at the position. Joe Schoen will need the signings of Runyan and Eluemunor to pan out as the team is in no position to cut either lineman creating further dead cap issues.

The Giants move to move on from Saquon Barkley now makes clearer sense after the moves of today. The Giants turned towards improving their offensive line and adding a cheaper running back rather than continuing to rush a high-priced back behind a poor offensive line.

Spectacular Day for the New York Giants

While losing a player as iconic in New York as Saquon Barkley hurts, the events of today have been great for the New York Giants. The team chose to allocate assets to premium positions rather than spending on lesser-needed positions. The Giants now have a better offensive line than they've had in recent memory with an improved edge rush group to go along with it. Joe Schoen's plan is clear, address the most important positions with the most assets while finding low cost replacements at luxury positions.

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