The New York Giants have "very real" interest in free-agent safety Devin McCourty, according to a report from Jordan Ranaan of NJ Advance Media.
Ranaan reported that the Giants were "among the many teams to make the call Saturday on McCourty," and that the Giants could be "serious players on the safety market."
Neither of those assertions from Ranaan should be looked as shocking developments. The only safeties on the Giants roster are the inexperienced Nat Berhe and Cooper Taylor. Veterans Antrel Rolle, Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps are unrestricted free agents.
Dan Graziano of ESPN had a slightly different take on McCourty, and the Giants' free-agency plans:
From what I am told, Giants definitely interested in McCourty but may be more focused on the defensive line in free agency.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 8, 2015
McCourty, who we wrote about at Big Blue View as recently as Friday, makes perfect sense for the Giants. He is the best safety in the market at a position of need for the Giants. He will be 28 next season, in his prime. He is a native of Nanuet, NY. He played collegiately at Rutgers.
McCourty will be expensive, however, and the Giants currently have only an estimated $13.1 million in salary cap space. Ron Parker of the Kansas City Chiefs is a cheaper alternative the Giants have reportedly been in touch with.