Report: Justin Pugh medically cleared ahead of free agency

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There’s been a lot of chatter about the Giants making a run at guard Andrew Norwell, who was drafted by Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman in Carolina, once free agency opens, but there’s been less talk about them bringing back their own impending free agent Justin Pugh.

Pugh has played both left guard and right tackle during his time with the Giants and has been as good as anyone they’ve had up front in recent seasons when he’s been healthy. He’s missed 13 games over the last two seasons, however, and ended last year on injured reserve with a back injury.

That injury would be a point of interest for any team considering Pugh as an addition to their line, which is why he’s making sure to get word out that he’s recovered well this offseason. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that spinal specialist Dr. Robert Watkins has cleared Pugh for football activities with free agency about to get underway.

While talking about Pugh during the Scouting Combine, Gettleman said, via Newsday, that he is a “versatile, smart football player.” We’ll likely find out pretty soon whether he’s also going to remain a member of the Giants.

8 responses to “Report: Justin Pugh medically cleared ahead of free agency

  1. On the subject of Agents … Are Free Agents, Good Agents? I think a “Good Agent” could take money out of a Free Agents pocket by convincing a Team to sign his free agent over that of another agents free agent … and in the end, hurting an entire team of other players. Then again, winning games aren’t an agents priority … So they don’t really care if their other clients on that same team have team success. They only care that they maximize their good/bad players pay check. Albert Haynesworth(ish).

  2. He’s the big target left for the 49ers. If the Giants sign Norwell, and people are saying that’s a “done deal” then Pugh is only top tier guard left in free agency. Giants can’t afford both of them.

  3. Pugh is a talented, multi-faceted, O-lineman….who cannot stay healthy. Good luck with your new team Justin, we need guys who can actually remain on the field…..missing 13 games in the last two years aint cutting it.

  4. get used to the ‘talented but cant stay on the field’ line in the NFL
    they’re not in football shape with reduced training camps

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