It should not come as a huge surprise, but it appears that the New York Giants are aggressively seeking defensive end help in free agency.
Robinson did not mention names the team may have contacted, but another Robinson tweet makes you wonder if a fairly surprising name might be on the Giants' radar:
Team source tells me the #Bills are working hard to keep DE Jerry Hughes but that it's looking like a bidding situation.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 7, 2015
Hughes, who will be 27 next season, had 10 sacks for the Bills in each of the past two seasons.
Brian Galliford of SB Nation's Buffalo Rumblings hopes Hughes does not get away from the Bills:
"He's the speed rush element on an excellent Bills defensive line that otherwise specializes in more of a power game. Which is to say, yes, Hughes has probably benefitted from playing next to three Pro Bowl players (two of them are first team All-Pro this year), but that trio has undoubtedly benefited from lining up next to Hughes, as well. Out of all of the Bills' defensive linemen, Hughes is the best natural pass rusher," Galliford said.
"He's going to cost a lot of money to sign. There are some attitude issues; he was a personal foul machine in 2014. But he's still only 26 years old, has 20 sacks in the last two years, and offers some upside. He's worth a healthy chunk of change, and he'll get it somewhere - ideally, of course, in Buffalo."
Other defensive end candidates we have discussed recently include Jabaal Sheard of the Cleveland Browns, Brandon Graham of the Philadelphia Eagles and the recently-released Trent Cole. Former Giant Osi Umenyiora is also available.
Another potential candidate is Adrian Clayborn of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Hearing Dallas, Atlanta, Seattle, Minnesota, NYG have all shown preliminary interest in Bucs DE Adrian Clayborn— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 7, 2015
What other defensive ends do you think the Giants could target?