How have the New York Giants done in free agency? Well, we're far enough into NFL Free Agency 2014 now that handing out free agency grades is now in vogue. So, let's look at what some of the analysts are saying about the work done thus far by GM Jerry Reese and the Giants.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports gives the Giants a B+:
The Giants added a lot of players and only two big-ticket players in guard Geoff Schwartz and corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Both will start, and center J.D. Walton will likely start at center. That's two starters on the offensive line, which is huge. I also like the signing of corner Walter Thurmond. I don't like paying backs, but Rashad Jennings gives them some depth. They also re-signed several of their own, including starting linebacker Jon Beason and brought back receiver Mario Manningham.
They were shedding expensive, championship-vetted veterans (Joseph, Nicks, DE Justin Tuck) for value (RB Rashad Jennings, G Geoff Schwartz), some with rings themselves (ex-Seahawks LB O'Brien Schofield and CB Walter Thurmond). But they dipped into the coffers Monday to add CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, an understandable gambit in a division loaded with game-breaking wideouts. Retaining MLB Jon Beason, S Stevie Brown and K Josh Brown also helps.
Next: Expect GM Jerry Reese to continue searching for front four help defensively and a tight end who can help get QB Eli Manning back on track.
We asked Big Blue View readers this question on Tuesday and our poll results thus far pretty much line up with the thinking of Prisco and Davis. Of 2,592 votes received so far, 55 percent (1,438 voters) give the Giants a 'B' and 35 percent (897 voters) give the Giants an 'A.' You still have plenty of time to vote.