7:36 p.m.: I think what happens here could heavily influence the direction the Giants take in the draft. --Jesse
Hearing that Kevin Boothe, one of top OL still on market, taking to NYG, his most recent team, as well as CAR, NYJ and AZ— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 15, 2013
2:58 p.m. Giants seem to be seriously interested in acquiring another linebacker. --Jesse
Dan Connor will visit the Giants— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) March 15, 2013
12:44 p.m.: Dustin Keller is joining the Miami Dolphins.
REPORTS: #Dolphins reel in TE Dustin Keller.— FOX SPORTS: NFL (@NFLONFOX) March 15, 2013
12:05 p.m.: Looks like you can forget those Dustin Keller to the Giants dreams.
The Dolphins are closing in on a deal with Jets TE Dustin Keller. Still working but looking good for both sides.— Armando Salguero (@ArmandoSalguero) March 15, 2013
12:03 p.m.: Per the NFLPA web site Aaron Ross' contract will pay him $715,000 in 2013. The Giants have also officially announced the signing of linebacker Keith Rivers.
Our 2013 NFL Free Agency 'live blog' worked out well on Thursday, pulling in more than 1,100 comments throughout the day. So, let's do that again today. We will use this thread to try to post any free agency news or rumors that impact the Giants and, of course, will have full posts on anything really significant that takes place.
Our man Jesse Bartolis was up early this morning and has already pointed me in the direction of a couple of free-agent rumors that will get us started. So, here we go.
I am pretty sure you are going to like this first one. Free-agent tight end Dustin Keller, unable to find a deal with the Miami Dolphins, "might try the Giants," according to the Miami Herald. Problem is the former New York Jets tight end is apparently looking for a mega-deal worth more than the five-year, $35-million ($19 million guaranteed) that Jared Cook got from the St. Louis Rams. If Keller comes to the Giants and asks for that, Jerry Reese, John Mara and Co. will kick him right back out the door. Keller caught 241 passes in five seasons with the Jets.
Adam Schefter also tweeted this morning that the Giants are hosting free-agent wide receiver Louis Murphy for a visit on Friday. Murphy is a speedster who has 115 receptions in a four-year career with the Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers, averaging 14.8 yards per catch. He caught 25 passes for the Panthers last season and his best year was 2010, when he caught 41 passes for the Raiders. He will be 26 next season. Murphy could help offset the seemingly likely departures of Domenik Hixon and Ramses Barden.