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Giants have a number of difficult decisions on free agents

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The Giants added to positions of strength early in the 2011 draft, which means their biggest needs weren’t necessarily addressed. That should keep Giants G.M. Jerry Reese busy when the lockout ends.

Here’s our to-do list for Big Blue:

1. Prioritize free agents.

The Giants have as many potential big name free agents as any team in the league.  Depending on the league rules, Ahmad Bradshaw, Kevin Boss, Steve Smith, Barry Cofield, and Mathias Kiwanuka could all be free agents.  (This assumes the 2010 rules aren’t brought back.) Brandon Jacobs and Shawn Andrews have contracts that may need to be re-worked.

Reese will have to decide quickly who really needs to be part of the team’s future.

2. Pick a veteran running back.

Bradshaw and Jacobs have said publicly they’d be happy if the Giants kept both of them.  It seems unrealistic and not a great use of money, especially because Bradshaw will be due a big contract.  Bradshaw is one of the most underrated and versatile backs in the league; his better days are ahead of them. Unless Jacobs takes a big pay cut, we’d drop him.

If all else fails, perhaps Tom Coughlin can work himself into the backfield mix.

3. Re-sign Steve Smith.

He doesn’t have the No. 1 receiver skills of Hakeem Nicks or the speed of Mario Manningham, but Smith is the team’s most consistent wideout.  Eli Manning trusts him more than anyone on third downs.  The Giants should try to bring back Kevin Boss and Smith, but we’d choose Smith if we had to go with one, especially because he could be cheaper coming off an injury.

4. Check on the health of your centers.

Shaun O’Hara and Rich Seubert are both coming off surgeries.  If they aren’t healthy enough to trust, the team may have to bring in another center.  Even after drafting fourth round tackle James Brewer, they may also sign a tackle if they can’t agree with Shawn Andrews on a reduced contract.  Otherwise, Andrews looks likely to be cut.

5. Add a linebacker or two.

The defensive line and secondary are deep.  But we’d argue the Giants could use a linebacker on the inside or outside.  Keith Bulluck looks likely to leave.  Versatile pass rusher Mathias Kiwanuka’s future is uncertain heading into free agency coming off a serious injury.

It wouldn’t be a huge shock if the Giants went after a player like Barrett Ruud and Paul Posluszny to play middle linebacker.  Reese is not afraid to spend money in free agency; think Chris Canty, Rocky Bernard, and Antrel Rolle.

6. Take back New York.

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon can talk all the trash he wants. The Jets have only improved late in the season since Rex Ryan has arrived in town.  The Giants have struggled to close.

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39 Responses to “Giants have a number of difficult decisions on free agents”
  1. tombradyhonorsociety says: May 27, 2011 12:55 PM

    Here’s what you do:

    Step 1: Trade/Cut Eli
    Step 2: Trade for Orton (he can throw less INTs for 1/3 of the money)
    Step 3: Sign the rest of your free agents
    Step 4: Run the Jets out of the Meadowlands

  2. karlpilkington says: May 27, 2011 1:01 PM

    One more decision, to see if they want to bring Clinton Portis in. HAHA, come on CP get real.

  3. eagiants says: May 27, 2011 1:08 PM

    “tombradyhonorsociety says:
    May 27, 2011 12:55 PM
    Here’s what you do:

    Step 1: Trade/Cut Eli
    Step 2: Trade for Orton (he can throw less INTs for 1/3 of the money)
    Step 3: Sign the rest of your free agents
    Step 4: Run the Jets out of the Meadowlands”

    You are an idiot. Didn’t Eli help beat your 18-1 Pats? Go back to watching your Sox and leave the football talk to the professionals.

    Giants need to keep Smith, Bradshaw, and Boss, cut ties w/ the rest. I’d love to keep Cofield but he’ll be too expensive and we have younger (and potentially more talented) players in the wings.

  4. tommyribs says: May 27, 2011 1:09 PM

    Bring Back Steve Smith for sure.

    Ahmad Bradshaw or Jacobs, not both.

    Boss could stay or go. If he does go we need a veteran TE either through FA or a trade.

    I like Kiwanuka, but I’d rather let him go and bring in a true Linebacker in Free Agency. Posluzny/Ruud.

    Shawn Andrews will be let go.

    Look at a FA RB like DeAngelo Williams or Ronnie Brown if either Jacobs or Bradshaw is let go.

    Cofield will be gone (unfortunately).

    If we can add a real playmaker on Offense (like DeAngelo Williams) and one good LB, I think we’ll have a big bounce-back year.

  5. krppr says: May 27, 2011 1:10 PM

    tombradyhonorsociety: even if they cut him he still owns the ring that would have given the Pats 19-0

  6. nyfootballgiants says: May 27, 2011 1:13 PM

    @tombradyhonorsociety

    This coming from the team that Eli beat ending their perfect season….

  7. wferg1121 says: May 27, 2011 1:19 PM

    tombradyhonorsociety says: Here’s what you do:

    “Step 1: Trade/Cut Eli
    Step 2: Trade for Orton (he can throw less INTs for 1/3 of the money)
    Step 3: Sign the rest of your free agents
    Step 4: Run the Jets out of the Meadowlands”

    Yes all Giants fans should totally listen to a guy with a login as “TomBradyhonorsociety”.

  8. tombradyswig says: May 27, 2011 1:28 PM

    DUMP SH-ELI!!!

  9. wferg1121 says: May 27, 2011 1:29 PM

    I say keep Kiwi(too much potential there) I would cut Rocky Bernard hasn’t really showed up, and of course they have to keep Steve Smith. Boss had a lot of drops this year especially on 3rd down, when Smith was out.. To me if he goes no big loss, I think they can address TE in Free Agency, same with RB. I am sure we can find another RB that wont fumble 8 times and majority of them inside the “Green Zone”. Maybe if Bradshaw didn’t fumble so much he wouldn’t have been so “underrated”.

  10. tombradyhonorsociety says: May 27, 2011 1:45 PM

    Let’s stop living in 2007 people…Eli has been horrible since and has had a decline in talent every year since his Superbowl win.

    With your logic, Mark Rypien should still be in the NFL.

  11. flyinhighwithvick says: May 27, 2011 1:46 PM

    They need to address their defense as a whole considering the Eagles have run them over the past few years. 37 points a game over the last 6 meetings

  12. krow101 says: May 27, 2011 2:00 PM

    Before the Eagles fans get here with their stupid comments …

    Giants… 3 Superbowl Championships…

    Eagles… Z E R O … nada … nothing…

  13. ampats says: May 27, 2011 2:05 PM

    tombradyhonorsociety,

    You just stepped on a hornets nest my friend but step#4 made me laugh

  14. cup0pizza says: May 27, 2011 2:15 PM

    They definitely need a QB that isn’t a waterhead baby, but as a fan of an NFC east rival, I approve of them sticking with Elisha.

  15. giantrealist says: May 27, 2011 2:26 PM

    Life long Giants fan here who hates the present makeup of the team.

    Reese is the most overrated GM in the game today. Biggest needs entering the draft were Center, Left Tackle, Outside Linebackers, and Defensive Tackle. He waited until Round 2 to pick the DT, and Round 4 to take a string bean of a Tackle.

    We also had question marks at RB [as your article stated], yet he waited until Round 7 to take one.

    Boss is our only real TE. Can’t let him go.

    Hate to say it but this team will be lucky to finish 8-8 this season. If there is a season.

    BTW, Eli is the most overrated QB in the league. He can’t run either, which spells trouble for him with our leaky and wimpy offensive line.

  16. thesmiteofthewicked says: May 27, 2011 2:28 PM

    TomBradyHonorSociety:

    That’s funny, considering Eli has had the 3 highest QB ratings of his career in 2008, 2009, and 2010, all at 85 or above. Not great, but certainly not horrible.

    What do if I’m Giants:

    -Keep Bradshaw/Jacobs, or cut both and sign DeAngelo Williams. Bradshaw cannot be lone back in offense.
    -Resign Smitty, and Boss. We really don’t need Kiwi considering our plethora of DEs, and Cofield while awesome, will get paid too much.
    -Sign playmaking LB like Ruud.
    -Take BACK NY?? The Giants are still the more popular team, and unless the Jets win anything, that isn’t going to change.

  17. bigdan7885 says: May 27, 2011 2:30 PM

    tombradyhonorsociety,

    You are not Tom Brady. You have no honor. And your comments here certainly do not belong in society. Good day sir!

  18. norcaleagles says: May 27, 2011 2:56 PM

    Krow, the cowboys have 5 Super Bowl Championships, so does that mean that their current team is better than yours? Previous titles wont give your team an advantage this year. If so, maybe your team would have made the playoffs the past couple of seasons. And if you’re so content with 3 rings, why even bother watching football anymore? Just go off into the sunset and bask in the glory of your teams previous championships.

  19. imbetterthanyou says: May 27, 2011 3:02 PM

    Tombrady…

    Eli’s Decline
    2008 – 3238 yds 21 TD 10 INT
    2009 – 4021 yds 27 TD 14 INT
    2010 – 4002 yds 31 TD 25INT

    He was pretty horrible in 2008 and 2009 you know, making the pro bowl in 2008 and throwing for 4000 yards and 27 TDs with a very young receiver corps in 2009. Even in his worst year since 2007, 2010, he threw for over 4000 yds and 31 TDs and 8 INTs were balls tipped by his own players with many other awful routes being run. I am not even a huge fan of Eli and constantly find myself yelling at the TV at some of his on-field decision, but he has been on of the more consistent QBs for the past 4 years. You are just an idiot.

    You are an idiot.

  20. eaglesfan290 says: May 27, 2011 3:28 PM

    Eli got lucky in 2007 maybe a better stat for a Giants fan would be that you had the worst reg season record and won a SuperBowl.

    It was a great game, but if you think you had a talented team that year you guys are crazy! LUCKY

  21. wferg1121 says: May 27, 2011 3:40 PM

    Almost if not all Superbowl winning teams you can go back to one game in the playoffs/Superbowl and say the same thing they got lucky or escaped. The point is they won. That being said I rather have a team with luck than one who has never had any luck eaglesfan290. :o)

  22. bw82b says: May 27, 2011 4:00 PM

    @eaglesfan290
    ——————-
    how can you say Eli was lucky in the 2007 Super Bowl run? He led us to three straight road victories @tb,@dallas,@gb and then had a pretty good SB vs the pats. The tyree catch was lucky and incredble but to say the whole thing was luck is just silly,our defense literally had sex with tom brady in that game. If I’m not mistaken he only threw one int in 4 road playoff games….bet u wish vick had that “luck” IDIOT

  23. canadian52niner says: May 27, 2011 4:10 PM

    HAHAHA, I love the Eagles Fans!!! They always say that history doesn’t matter … because you have never won anything except the title for biggest jerk fans … which every Niners fan knows from your classless snowball fight.

    Teams go up, and teams go down … but Superbowl wins are forever ladies!!!

    You tell em Giants fans … I respect your franchise because you have class and a proud history!

    Eagles fans … HAH!

  24. boomroasted23 says: May 27, 2011 4:14 PM

    @Eaglesfan290

    “Luck favors the prepared.”- Louis Pasteur

    “The harder I work, the luckier I get.” – Thomas Jefferson

    and, finally

    “Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it”

    So sick of all these Eagles fans that year in and year out can’t admit that that they’ve been outplayed, outcoached, and outCLASSED once again!

  25. thesmiteofthewicked says: May 27, 2011 4:29 PM

    Giantrealist-

    There’s a difference between “realist” and “over the top pessimist”/”idiot”

  26. tombradyhonorsociety says: May 27, 2011 4:34 PM

    All the ELI-DIOTS out there should understand something…Winning a Superbowl and then missing the playoffs 2 of the next 3 seasons. means nothing.

    If you keep treasuring a mediocre talent based on past accomplishments, you’ll continue to miss the playoffs.

    Eli Rypien!

  27. tommyribs says: May 27, 2011 4:50 PM

    eaglesfan290 says: May 27, 2011 3:28 PM

    Eli got lucky in 2007 maybe a better stat for a Giants fan would be that you had the worst reg season record and won a SuperBowl.

    It was a great game, but if you think you had a talented team that year you guys are crazy! LUCKY

    ——————————————————

    Which is one more time than the Eagles ever got lucky.

    1960!

  28. cantgetenoughwp says: May 27, 2011 5:56 PM

    tombradyhonorsociety says: May 27, 2011 1:45 PM

    “Let’s stop living in 2007 people…Eli has been horrible since and has had a decline in talent every year since his Superbowl win.”

    Don’t be stupid. Eli has had better statistical numbers in almost every category since 2007. Yes his interceptions were up last year, but that’s understandable with the injuries to the O-line and WRs last year. Do you recognize names like Derek Hagan and Duke Calhoun? No? Then shut it!

  29. giantspunk213 says: May 27, 2011 6:42 PM

    Upgrading the middle of the defense would be good with Ruud, i’m not so crazy about Puz though, he seems to be a little injury prone, but i’d also like it if the giants made a run at Zach Miller, he’s been a pretty consistant player for the raiders and that’s sayin something, i don’t see us not keeping Smith but the RB situation is gonna be a different story.

  30. zaavonb says: May 27, 2011 7:26 PM

    and we eAGLES IS going to continue running over yall precious giants we love making eli look like an average qb which he is so what ya we know we dont have sb we will get one though best believe that and you going to contiunue being on the bottomfeeder looking up at the eagles

  31. giantrealist says: May 27, 2011 9:07 PM

    Have to love the Eli apologists who point at his passing yards as proof that he’s got talent.

    The Giants pass over 60% of the time. Gilbride switched them from a ground and pound team into a pass happy team. He has one of the best group of WR’s in the league.

    It’s not how many yards gained that matters. It’s WHEN those yards are gained that matters. Since 2007 Eli routinely chokes at clutch time.

    His interceptions have increased every season. QB’s are suppose to get smarter as they age. Not him. But his apologists always point fault at the receivers or the coach for Eli’s ints.

    If Phil Sims or even Jeff Hostetler were on this team and in their primes, Eli would never put his helmet on and take the field.

  32. canadian52niner says: May 27, 2011 9:25 PM

    Are all eagles fans totally illiterate? Or just partially and theynhave add so they never spell check.

    You are who everyone thought you were eagles … Nothing but choke artists!

  33. ctgiant says: May 27, 2011 11:29 PM

    First cut Kevin Gilbride and his assistants.
    Then hire a real QB coach, not a WR reciever coach he has now?
    If Kiwi is healthy, oh yes keep him, he will take a one year deal. Barry is gone, should have never
    been on the same line, as Rocky, he goes!
    Bradshaw is a keeper, Jacobs must take a hit, with only 823 yds. We have DJ Ware; Martell Mallet; and Da’rell Scott, and Charles Scott all RB’s even some that can catch. Boss is a blocker?
    Smith isn’t even running yet, he may well hit the PUP/List? Cruz;Barden can play! Sign Rudd, and quick!

  34. cantgetenoughwp says: May 28, 2011 8:21 AM

    giantrealist said:

    “If Phil Sims or even Jeff Hostetler were on this team and in their primes, Eli would never put his helmet on and take the field.”

    If you look at Eli and Phil Simms stats side by side they are really pretty similar. And actually you would have to face facts and call Eli the better QB, statistically anyway. Phil never had better than a 62% completion percentage. And the most TDs Phil got in a year was 22, Eli got 31. By the way, both years that Phil got 22 TDs he got 20 and 18 INTs as well.

    And to the people that say Eli had the best WR corp last year, did you even watch any of the games?!? His WRs were rotating all year, and they were picking guys up off the street!

  35. wferg1121 says: May 28, 2011 1:05 PM

    Giants was the 8th worst out of 32 teams with 32 drops for 2010.. (drop is when the reciever has 2 hands on the ball.) Boss had 11. If you are running first and 2nd down those are drive killers.. In 2007 the Giants led the nfl in passes dropped courtesy of Amani Toomer. The Giants have been in the top 10 teams in drops pretty much Eli’s entire career. In 2009 I remember Hixon dropping 1 deep touchdown in each of the Philadelphia game. Nicks was rookie Manningham was just getting on the field. Stats do not tell the entire story. Eli is a lot better than stats show.

  36. drexelvol says: May 29, 2011 1:36 PM

    Hakeem Nicks doesn’t have #1 receiver skills either…but, just sayin.

  37. cantgetenoughwp says: May 29, 2011 6:46 PM

    drexelvol says:

    “Hakeem Nicks doesn’t have #1 receiver skills either…but, just sayin.”

    Just sayin that you’re an idiot? Over 1000 yards and 11 TDs his first year in only 13 games?

    Troll, idiot, or both.

  38. drexelvol says: May 29, 2011 10:40 PM

    “Just sayin that you’re an idiot? Over 1000 yards and 11 TDs his first year in only 13 games?”

    Good enough for #2 on most teams.

  39. damnyankee13 says: Jul 20, 2011 11:32 AM

    these patriots[aka cheaters] fans are saying that we should dump Eli.Are they afraid of him? Why else.

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