As of Monday the New York Giants have an extra $5 million to spend under the NFL salary cap. That is because the $5 million in salary cap savings from the team's release of center David Baas, officially comes off the books today. Baas had been designated as a 'post June 1' cut by the Giants, meaning while they released him months ago the cap money did not come off the books until today.
Per Over The Cap, the Giants now have $6.959 million in salary cap space. What, if anything, will they do with the money?
Former Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley has been connected to the Giants ever since ex-Packers tight ends and quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo became the team's offensive coordinator in January. Finley has been cleared by his personal neurosurgeon following a spinal fusion, but not by any NFL team. Finley's agent, Blake Baratz, said the Giants have expressed "a little" interest in Finley since last week's news that Finley doctor had given the green light for a return to the NFL. Other teams -- like the Packers, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins -- seem like more aggressive suitors for the 27-year-old.
Former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams visited the Giants prior to the 2014 NFL Draft. Williams, 34 in August, is a five-time All-Pro. After 11 seasons in Minnesota, Williams has said he would retire rather than play for a low-value contract. If the Giants were inclined to give Williams, who had 3.5 sacks and a +7.3 Pro Football Focus rating in 2013, a contract somewhere above the veteran minimum they now have the salary cap space to do so. Would they do that after re-signing veteran defensive tackle Mike Patterson in the offseason and drafting Jay Bromley in the third round?
Who else is available on the free-agent market? FOX Sports recently listed its top 10 available free agents. Pro Football Talk's All-Unemployed Team features a host of recognizable names. KFFL.com has a complete list of available players.