John Mara - The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE
Free agency begins this afternoon for NFL teams. Here is a look at the Giants' situation as they enter the free agency period.
NFL Free Agency 2013 begins in earnest at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, when teams can officially schedule player visits and begin signing players. What will the New York Giants do once the floodgates open? To be honest, probably not much. That's not their style, and the Giants don't have much cap room to work with.
"You're not going to see any Albert Haynesworth-type deals out of us," Giants' co-owner John Mara said Monday.
Let's take a closer look at the Giants and free agency
The salary cap is $123 million. With the tender offers to Victor Cruz, Andre Brown and Stevie Brown included -- along with the signing of defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins -- Spotrac has the Giants at $119,727,865. That puts them slightly more than $3 million under the cap, which isn't much cash to take to the free-agent market.
It is entirely possible that the Monday signing of Jenkins to a three-year, $8-million contract will be the splashiest move the Giants make. They will continue to try and sign their own players, most notably Kevin Boothe and Martellus Bennett, but it seems that Boothe, Bennett, Kenny Phillips, Chase Blackburn, Osi Umenyiora and the rest of the Giants unrestricted free agents are likely headed into the market at this point.
As far as what the Giants will seek in the market, they will most like do what they always do -- bargain hunt. GM Jerry Reese is fond of saying he likes to use free agency to fill needs and the draft to add talent. If Bennett signs elsewhere, maybe a tight end like Anthony Fasano of the Miami Dolphins would be in play. Maybe a low-budget signing of a fairly young offensive guard or right tackle, perhaps someone like Donald Thomas of the New England Patriots. Defensively, maybe the Giants continue looking for low-budget pieces to add to a group that was 31st in the league last season in yardage allowed. With the Jenkins signing done you could see the Giants add a player just about anywhere on defense except tackle at this point, provided they like the fit and the price.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
TE Martellus Bennett -- Giants seem to want him back, but won't break the bank. [Bennett StoryStream]
DE -- Likely to leave for starting job. [Umenyiora StoryStream]
S -- Seems headed to the market.
LB -- Will test the market. Will anyone want him?
LB -- An interesting case. Good player when healthy.
K -- Tynes might be a San Francisco 49er by the end of the day.
DT -- With re-signed, unlikely to be back.
WR -- Could be a market for him. The Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers seem interested.
WR Ramses Barden -- Ready to move on, which is probably a good idea. The Panthers seem like the best bet.
QB -- Will test market to see if he can find playing time.
TE -- See ya.
T -- Knee injury clouds his future.
CB -- Giants will let him hit the market.
RB Kregg Lumpkin -- Giants will let him look elsewhere.
CB -- Has missed two seasons with ACL injuries.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
WR Victor Cruz -- Received first-round tender. [Cruz StoryStream]
RB Andre Brown -- Received second-round tender.
S Stevie Brown -- Received second-round tender.
RB Ryan Torain -- Will not be tendered.