The New York Giants kicked in the door to 2016 free agent period with some jaw-dropping contracts on Wednesday. So far they've spent $204.5 million, with $114 million in guaranteed money on Jason Pierre-Paul, Janoris Jenkins, Damon Harrison, and Olivier Vernon.
But despite that massive spending spree, the Giants still have quite a bit of cap room left to spend. All the numbers aren't in yet, but the best guess is that they have roughly $26 million in cap room. For some perspective, the Giants had roughly $32 million in cap room in 2014 and 2015 combined.
Those two years they signed players like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Robert Ayers, Geoff Schwartz, Walter Thurmond, Jameel McClain, Dwayne Harris, J.T. Thomas, Jonathan Casillas, and Shane Vereen.
With that in the back of our minds, here's my shopping list for the second day of Free Agency
1) Jermaine Kearse (WR, Seattle Seahawks) -- Kearse doesn't expect to be back with Seattle, and looks to cash in on the best year of his four-year career. He really took off in the last third of the season and playoffs, finishing the season with 49 receptions for 685 yards and 5 touchdowns. Kearse was a very reliable option for Russell Wilson, who had a 126.1 passer rating when targeting the receiver.
2) Tahir Whitehead (LB, Detroit Lions) -- The Giants have rebuilt their defensive line and added a playmaker to their secondary, so now it could be time to turn their attention to the linebacking corps. Whitehead is a young, ascending player who is solid in pass coverage and run defense. He saw an increased role when DeAndre Levy was placed on injured reserve and responded well. The Philadelphia Eagles appeared to have interest in Whitehead, but signed Nigel Bradham instead. That could open the way for Martin Mayhew -- who drafted Whitehead -- to bring him to the Giants.
3) Casey Hayward (CB, Green Bay Packers) and Brandon Boykin (CB, Pittsburgh Steelers) -- This could be an either or scenario. Both players fit well with what the Giants are doing this offseason. Both are young at 26 years old, and excellent at what they do (covering slot receivers). The Giants are clearly serious about upgrading their defense, and could well look to find a top-flight upgrade to Trevin Wade at slot corner. Either Hayward or Boykin could be that.
4) Tony Jefferson (S, Arizona) -- Jefferson is an under the radar free agent, but the Cardinals have prepared themselves for his departure. He is a restricted free agent, but as an undrafted free agent, his "original round" tender only allows Arizona the opportunity to match another team's contract offer. He isn't a pure free safety, but is a young player in his prime, comes from a winning organization, and does a lot of the things Steve Spagnuolo wants his safeties to do.
5) An offensive tackle -- The offensive tackle market dried up quickly. The best available options are Russell Okung (Seahawks), Kelvin Beachum (Pittsburgh Steelers), and Andre Smith (Cincinnati Bengals). Okung and Beachum have the advantages of youth and athleticism, but they both have injury histories and the Giants appear to be prioritizing health in their free agent acquisitions. Smith has been healthy, but his play has trended down of late.