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New York Giants Free Agency Rumors: Matt Slauson possible Kevin Boothe replacement?

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With Kevin Boothe testing the free agent waters, the Giants have shown interest in Matt Slauson as a possible replacement.

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The New York Giants, like most years have been relatively quiet at the start of free agency, but information has surfaced the Giants could be interested in New York Jets guard Matt Slauson as a possible replacement for free agent Kevin Boothe.

The Giants right now are likely looking for an upgrade to their offensive line at right tackle and left guard (of both). The Giants could be interested in bringing back Kevin Boothe, but that has not happened yet. Slauson is a former sixth round pick out of Nebraska and has had a very solid career for the New York Jets. He's listed at 6'5 315 pounds and received a +2.5 grade from Pro Football Focus for the 2012 season, compared to Kevin Boothe's 9.2 grade. Slauson graded out as a much better pass protector (5.1 for Slauson compared to Boothe's -1.6).

Slauson is the type of move the Giants make in free agency and will likely come cheaper than Boothe. Either way it appears the Giants will be exploring options at left guard during the off-season.

Another off-topic but interesting name to note is that Oakland wide receiver Darrius Heyward Bey has been released by the Oakland Raiders. The Giants were rumored to be heavily interested in Heyward Bey prior to the 2009 NFL draft, but he was selected at seventh overall by the Raiders. With Domenik Hixon potentially leaving through free agency the Giants could consider exploring Heyward Bey as a potential return man and deep threat option, though mentioning that name is pure, unfounded speculation by me.