[UPDATE 12:43 PM EDT ]
WR Hakeem Nicks just told me, "I'm flying to Indy tonight. The plan is to meet with the Colts tomorrow."— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 13, 2014
[UPDATE 12:38 PM EDT: The Nicks report is now being amended to a two-team race between the Panthers and Colts.]
[UPDATE 12:07 PM EDT ]
Hakeem Nicks is a Carolina Panther. Sad to see him go #onceaGiantalwaysaGiant— LPG - Joe (@LicensePlateGuy) March 13, 2014
Valentine's View: 'License Plate Guy' scooping the media. Seriously, though, we predicted Nicks to his hometown Panthers last summer. Everybody knew this was coming.
[UPDATE 10:50 AM EDT ]
Valentine's View: Not the least bit surprising. I had predicted weeks ago that Ginn could be a potential Giants' free-agent target.
[UPDATE 10:12 AM EDT]
I'm told these are terms of Jon Beason contract w/NYG: 3 years, $19M ($7M of which is guaranteed). He'll make $12M in first 2 yrs.— Kimberly Jones (@KimJonesSports) March 13, 2014
Valentine's View: The Giants are paying Beason like they expect premier performance. Will they get it?
Day 3 of 2014 NFL Free Agency is here. The first two days have, to say the least, been busy for the New York Giants. They have also been quite productive with the additions of guard Geoff Schwartz and running back Rashad Jennings, along with the re-signings of several key players from 2013 -- most notably middle linebacker Jon Beason.
What will Thursday bring? First and foremost, keep an eye on the Oakland Raiders. Defensive end Justin Tuck, cornerback Terrell Thomas and running back Andre Brown have all visited there and any, or all, could wind up signing in Oakland. Tuck is the most likely of the trio to return to the Giants.
Early tweets from Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News indicate Giants' fans who want Tuck to return might not be happy with the end result.
What else can we look for from the Giants today? No free-agent visits are scheduled as of now -- that we know of. The Giants have shown their hand in a couple of areas, however.
Defensively, it is obvious they want to upgrade at cornerback. They have re-signed Trumaine McBride, checked in on Darrelle Revis and already hosted Tracy Porter for a free-agent visit. The search for veteran cornerbacks is likely to continue. After their aborted deal with linebacker O'Brien Schofield, perhaps outside linebacker is also in play. If they lose Tuck, perhaps defensive end as well.
Offensively, the signing of J.D. Walton does not mean the Giants won't continue to be in the center market. Tight end is another position yet to be addressed. After missing out on Jacoby Jones perhaps the Giants will also see what other kick returners are available.
Use this as your open thread for discussion.
Giants' Free Agency Scorecard
Jon Beason -- Signed three-year, $19 million deal with Giants ($7 million guaranteed).
Justin Tuck -- Reportedly leaning toward a return to the Giants.
Linval Joseph -- Signed with the Minnesota Vikings.
Hakeem Nicks -- Almost certainly out the door. The questions are to whom and for how much.
Trumaine McBride -- Re-signed to two-year, $3.1 million deal.
Stevie Brown -- Re-signed with the Giants. Deal reportedly one-year, $4 million.
Josh Brown -- Re-signed with the Giants.
Curtis Painter -- Re-signed with the Giants.
Peyton Hillis -- Re-signed to two-year, $1.8 million deal.
Dallas Reynolds -- Received ERFA tender
OG Geoff Schwartz -- Signed four-year, $16.8 million deal ($.6.2M guaranteed)
RB Rashad Jennings -- Signed four-year, $14 million deal ($3M guaranteed)
C J.D. Watson -- Signed with Giants. Contract terms unknown.