A team that seems to be in a state of upheaval could soon be reuniting with one of its key players.
Receiver Steve Smith, an unrestricted free agent who has become largely forgotten in the first 12 days of free agency, will visit the team early this week, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger. Smith has since confirmed the news on his Facebook page.
“We’re going to see where he is in the process,” Smith’s agent, Ben Dogra, told Garafolo. “The good news is we have time. If Steve goes back to the Giants, he knows the playbook, so there wouldn’t be any issues there.”
In 2009, Smith set a franchise record with 107 catches. But knee problems the following season likely have limited his attractiveness in this crazy, compressed offseason/preseason.
“That first wave of free agency is over, so we’ll take a step back here and see what teams have an interest in a Pro Bowl wide receiver in his prime,” Dogra said. “Maybe I’m partial here, but I would think somebody would be.”
Look for Smith eventually to sign a one-year deal, which will give him the ability to prove that he’s healthy and hit the market again in 2012.
Along with all the other veteran free agents who signed one-year deals with the intention of doing the same thing.
The Giants have re-signed running back Ahmad Bradshaw, lost tight end Kevin Boss and defensive tackle Barry Cofield, cut multiple linemen, and remain caught in an awkward stare down with defensive end Osi Umenyiora.