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Report: Giants to target guards in free agency

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The Giants offensive line was a sore spot all of last season as injuries and ineffective play left Eli Manning with little protection and the team’s running backs without much daylight.

That clearly makes the unit a place the team needs to upgrade in 2014 and Jordan Raanan of NJ.com reports that they plan to do that by targeting guards in free agency. The Giants went into last season with Chris Snee and Kevin Boothe as their starting guards, but Snee was lost for the year to a hip injury and Boothe played some center after David Baas also went down.

Raanan names Kansas City’s Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz, San Diego’s Chad Rinehart, Denver’s Zane Beadles and Cleveland’s Shawn Lauvao as possibilities for the Giants, who also need to figure out the future of some of their own players.

Snee is still recovering from hip surgery and is due to count $11.75 million against the cap, a number that may force the Giants to approach Tom Coughlin’s son-in-law about altering his contract once they’re sure he’s healthy enough to play. Boothe is expected back, but Baas has a salary of $4.75 million and a long injury history. If Boothe moves to center, there will be one opening regardless of Snee’s future and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Giants target offensive linemen in the draft with left tackle Will Beatty also coming off a rough season.

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14 Responses to “Report: Giants to target guards in free agency”
  1. ssac3408 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:04 AM

    As a Giants fan, I understand the need for guards. However, I don’t want to see them spend any big money on the guards mentioned in this article!

  2. beastmode5150 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:05 AM

    All those problems and they target the least important position on the field? Haha! The Seahawks had very poor guards all year and won the SB. Good luck Giants fans!

  3. billco6192013 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:28 AM

    HEY REESE HOW ABOUT A CENTER,WITHOUT THAT WE CANT RUN THE BALL.SNEE COMING BACK AND YOU CAN GRAB GUARD IN SECOND ROUND THIS YEAR.BASS IS DONE AND WE NEED A CENTER.LIKE I SAID DRAFT A TACKLE SIGN A CENTER AND GUARD AND YOUR DONE.TOM ISNT GOING TO CUT HIS SON IN LAW SNEE WILL RESTRUTURE HIS CONTRACT.BASS IS THE GUY WHO I SAW WAS COMPLETLY DONE.A CENTER A CENTER A CENTER A CENTER PLEASE.

  4. billco6192013 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:37 AM

    SNEE AND BOOTH AS YOUR GUARDS THIS YEAR PUGH AS YOUR TACKLE SIGN A FREE AGENT CENTER AND LEFT TACKLE THEN DRAFT A TACKLE AND GUARD IN DRAFT AND IF BEATTY IS HEALTHY YOU HAVE DEPTH.EITHER WAY YOU CANT RUN INSIDE WITH A WEAK CENTER.BOOTH CAN PLAY CENTER BUT NOT GOING TO BE THAT CENTER WE ALL ARE COUNTING ON .GET MAC FROM CLEVELAND.

  5. billco6192013 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:46 AM

    MOVE UP TO GET LEWEN AND YOU WILL HAVE A NEW LINE.LEWEN OUTSIDE PUGH INSIDE FREE AGENT CENTER OR BOOTH.THEN SNEE OR FREE AGENT GUARD WITH BEATTY OUTSIDE OR A FREE AGENT TACKLE OUTSIDE.THE WAY I SEE IT SIGN GUARD AND CENTER AND DRAFT THE REST.

  6. athwartships says: Feb 26, 2014 9:52 AM

    Giants need guards?

    …in other news, you get wet when it rains.

  7. biznasty85 says: Feb 26, 2014 9:58 AM

    You don’t need the greatest offensive line play when you have a mobile qb like Russel Wilson…but you do need it when you have a qb such as Eli Manning or Brady, etc etc etc. in other news Jaworski doesn’t like another young qb…until he plays great in the nfl of course

  8. floratiotime says: Feb 26, 2014 10:08 AM

    Get some mid-round picks and roid them up like they do in Seattle.

  9. dohpey28 says: Feb 26, 2014 10:17 AM

    I like Asamoah the best of the ones mentioned.

  10. wlubake says: Feb 26, 2014 10:36 AM

    Hey bill, easy on the caps lock.

    Beatty won’t be replaced. He’s owed too much and he can’t be cut with the guaranteed money that would accelerate. He’s the starting left tackle, for better or worse.

    Asamoah should be reasonably priced (he got benched last year) and is still young. He always graded well on PFF.

    Also, glad to see Icognito was left off the list of candidates.

  11. jimmyt says: Feb 26, 2014 10:53 AM

    Richie Ingognito.

  12. dtm1088 says: Feb 26, 2014 10:57 AM

    Chris Snee has been an all time great Giant, but i’m almost certain he is going to be cut. He hasn’t been nearly as productive the last few years, been injured, and is due a TON of money. They need guards in Free Agency because their plan is to move on without him. Baas can go to for that matter.

  13. ctgiant says: Feb 26, 2014 12:09 PM

    Baas will be a post June 1 cut, the giants pick up 5M that way in “real cap” money. Snee is all but done, and he would likely be on a one year deal, imo.
    If I were Reese, I would only go so far in free agency and Baas is why, wow what a mistake and all that money in one freaking guy? Cordle is a good back up at center, but moving Boothe and bringing in Asamoah to work out would be cheap.
    Mack and the Browns are all set to resign him so he will be off the market.
    Sitting at #12 and having just 6 picks {Beason trade to the Panthers 7th rounder} I would expect Reese to listen to any offer where the giants pick up 2-3 picks, and pull that trigger asap!
    THE CT GIANT

  14. elimanningup says: Feb 26, 2014 12:10 PM

    Target #1 should be Chiefs OG Geoff Schwartz

    Best guard on the market.

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