Offensive lineman Orlando Franklin, considered to be a primary target for the New York Giants, appears to be off the market. A report Sunday indicated that Franklin will leave the Denver Broncos and sign with the the San Diego Chargers when the 2015 NFL Free Agency signing period opens on Tuesday.
What does this mean for the Giants?
Franklin, 27, has had success at both right tackle and left guard. That would have made him an excellent fit for the Giants, who have one opening for a starter on the offensive line -- at one of those two positions.
It means the market for front-line offensive linemen also continues to narrow. Franklin, Doug Free and Derek Newton are all off the market.
That leaves Bryan Bulaga, Joe Barksdale and Jermey Parnell as the best tackles remaining, and Clint Boling and Mike Iupati as the top-tier guards still available.
It may also increase the likelihood that the Giants wait until the 2015 NFL Draft to address their need for a starting-caliber offensive lineman.