New York Giants fans are hoping their team will use some of its considerable cap space to improve the team's woeful defense when NFL free agency opens on March 9. Two of the primary objects of the fans' desire are members of the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, defensive tackle Malik Jackson and linebacker Danny Trevathan.
If Denver Executive Vice President and General Manager John Elway has his way, however, the Giants and any other teams interested in the unrestricted free agents from that outstanding Broncos' defense will need to look elsewhere for help. Elway on Tuesday told The Denver Post that he wants to find a way not only to keep Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, which is pretty much a given but Jackson and Trevathan as well.
"They are all priorities," Elway said. "Getting Derek Wolfe done was the first step, and we want to get Danny and Malik done. We want to try and keep the group together. But it's a fluid process. We will talk to their representatives and see where we are at and get a feel for it."
Jackson is a 6-foot-4, 293-pound 26-year-old who has the versatility to play inside and outside in a 4-3, something the Giants covet. Peter King of MMQB wrote on Tuesday that if Elway and the Broncos are unable to keep Jackson, that he "is going to be a top-three player on the free agent market."
Which, of course, means Jackson would have plenty of suitors.
"His interior-line strength, his ability to beat good blockers with strength or quickness, and his nose for the ball is going to make him good money on the market. Denver can’t pay everyone. Jackson will be a target."
Trevathan, who turns 26 in March, was the Broncos' leading tackler in 2015 and has experience playing in both a 3-4 and a 4-3. With the Giants perennially in the market for help at linebacker, Trevathan seems like a natural target.
Could the Broncos actually pull off keeping Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, Jackson, Trevathan, and the already-re-signed Derek Wolfe? Perhaps, especially if -- as expected -- Peyton Manning retires. Spotrac lists the Broncos with $16.7 million in cap space for 2016, with Manning's cap hit at $21.5 million. Should he retire the Broncos would likely spend far less to keep Brock Osweiler, thus opening cap room for their defensive stalwarts.
So, Giants fans, don't count on any of these Denver defenders actually reaching the open market.