Giants to take a close look at Steve Smith’s knee

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As expected, free-agent receiver Steve Smith met with the Giants on Monday.  Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News reports that, on Tuesday, team doctors will take a closer look at his surgically-repaired knee.

Smith had microfracture surgery in December.  Vacchiano reports, citing two unnamed sources, that Smith isn’t expected to be ready to practice until training camp is over.  He could miss several regular-season games as well, assuming he’s on a team at the time.

The Giants nevertheless have made Smith an offer.  Like so many other offers made to free agents in this upside-down signing period, however, the numbers don’t mesh with Smith’s expectations.  A one-year deal could be less attractive to him than it would be for other players, if he indeed will have a truncated season; players settling to sign for a single season are hoping to have big years and cash in next March.

Smith’s best bet remains staying with the Giants.  Vacchiano reports that interest elsewhere in Smith has been “mild.”