Well done G-Men! Two Super Bowls in the last 4 seasons is truly amazing. But what would be even better is to repeat as champs. But we all know how hard that can be. Just ask the 2008-09 Giants, and the 2011-12 Packers. For the last couple of years, with parity becoming more and more prevalent, free agency, and 6 out of every 12 playoff teams not even making it to the playoffs the following year, trying to repeat as champs has become almost impossible.
The Giants have 24 free agents on the current roster. Here's the list, and my opinion on what to do with them:
David Carr - Great backup. No reason to let him walk, unless he receives an offer to start somewhere or he demands a lot of money, which I don't think will happen.
Michael Clayton - Wasn't really a factor this season on the field. Let him walk.
Domenik Hixon - If he's willing to take an incentive-laden contract, he can compete for the 3rd or 4th receiver spot. Definitely showed signs of ability when he was on the field.
Mario Manningham - "The Catch v2.0" will make him a rich man this offseason, and he will probably get it, but not from the Giants. I'd certainly keep him, but only at the right price. Will he stay for less is the question.
Jake Ballard & Bear Pascoe - Both are free agents, but exclusive rights, so if the Giants offer them three-year deals, then they have to stay. If not, they are free to walk. I don't see either of them getting three-year deals, especially with Ballard likely starting the season on the PUP list. The first two rounds of the draft will have plenty of TE's, so the Giants would be smart to look there.
Kareem McKenzie - At 33 years old, he is on the wrong side age-wise, and if you watched any games this season, you saw him get beat quite often. If the Giants are comfortable with moving David Diehl to RT and having Boothe and Beatty protecting Eli's blind side, let Kareem walk.
Dave Tollefson - Great role player within the D-Line rotation, had a breakout season with 5 sacks. Gotta bring him back.
Chase Blackburn & Jonathan Goff - Have to reward Blackburn for his amazing season considering the circumstances, but Goff is a better player. Get Goff to sign a similar contract to Hixon and make him compete with Blackburn and Greg Jones for the MLB spot.
Will Blackmon, Justin Tryon, Michael Coe, Bruce Johnson - All of these guys are in the same boat, and the most significant contributor of the group was Blackmon because he returned punts. But the return game was abysmal this season. All four guys can be replaced.
Aaron Ross & Terrell Thomas - Ross stepped in nicely this season for the injured Thomas. If Thomas will take a contract that will make him earn his spot back, you have to do it. Bring Ross back at a decent price too. The secondary came together nicely at the end, and a CB group of Webster, Ross, Thomas, and Amukamara is not too shabby.
Deon Grant - Grant played nicely this season after no other teams wanted him. He is the elder statesman of the defense, but he can be replaced.
Derrick Martin - He is a great locker room presence for the younger guys on special teams, and is a nice special teamer. Should be able to bring back inexpensively.
Steve Weatherford - A punter will never win a Super Bowl MVP, but his punts were instrumental in making the Patriots start deep in their own territory. His deal is already in the works according to sources. Smart move.