Good morning, New York Giants fans! The focus is on free agency as the March 10 opening of the signing period looms, so let's see what is going on.
Jacquain Williams, Jerrel Jernigan won't be back
Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News put together a very informative report. Let's touch on some of the things we learned.
Linebacker Jacquian Willams, as he recently hinted on Twitter, has been told by the Giants that he will become a free agent.
Wide receiver Jerrel Jernigan "has also been told he's heading to free agency." That is another decision that seemed to be inevitable.
We have been hearing reports recently that cornerback Walter Thurmond, who played only two games a season ago, would likely be heading to free agency. Vacchiano shed some light on why:
The self-proclaimed best nickel corner in the NFL was a big piece of the Giants' secondary rebuilding project last year, but he proved the fears that he's injury prone were right when he tore his pectoral muscle in his second game. There had been talks about a return, but the Giants don't want to risk giving him another $3 million for nothing. Sounds like they want him back for something closer to the minimum. It also sounds like he'll be testing the market, too.
Thurmond has played in only 36 of a potential 80 regular-season games in a five-year career. He is talented, but it's tough to spend money on a guy who can't consistently get on the field.
The New York Post lists four safeties who might help the Giants if Antrel Rolle leaves.
Pat Traina offers a list of recently released veterans the Giants should consider.
Victor Cruz advice to Odell Beckham -- think before you speak:
"I just told him to make sure he watches his words and make sure he’s mindful of the things that he says," Cruz said. "Because anything that he says can become a headline. He just has to be very very careful of that, even when he means well or says the right things . . .
"I just want him to keep a level head and make sure he keeps his family first and keeps his mind right," Cruz added. "Because this city and sometimes this media can swallow you whole."
The Giants' chances at Ndamukong Suh are not realistic, says ESPN's Dan Graziano. Yours truly agrees completely. On the other hand, Vacchiano says the Giants would be right to at least try.
Speaking of Suh, NJ.com looks at Suh's troubled history.
Graziano does not expect the Giants to splurge in free agency the way they did a season ago.
Monday Morning Quarterback says the Giants would be the best fit for Shane Vereen, the pass-catching running back from the New England Patriots who is headed to free agency.