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Report: Mario Williams visiting Giants Sunday night, Monday

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Who says free agency doesn't start until Wednesday?

Mario Williams
Mario Williams
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

[UPDATE: 732 p.m. ET]

Very interesting. If the Giants get Williams signed before he leaves New Jersey that would be the first domino on the defensive end market, and the first move toward fixing the broken Giants' defense.


Free agency has not, technically, started yet. There is, however, no holding back the rumor mill. Here is the latest in terms of what has been reported about Charles Johnson, Mario Williams, Jason Pierre-Paul and more as it relates to your New York Giants.

Charles Johnson and Mario Williams

Let's lump these two veteran defensive ends together. They were both recently released by their teams, Johnson by the Carolina Panthers and Williams by the Buffalo Bills. Since they are not under contract to anyone, they can visit teams and be signed before the free agency signing period begins on Wednesday.

We know that the 29-year-old Johnson is supposed to be meeting with the Giants on Sunday. We know that Williams visited with the Miami Dolphins on Saturday and that the Giants have an interest in him. Both Ralph Vacchiano (Daily News) and Jordan Ranaan (NJ Advance Media) that Williams also expected to visit the Giants' New Jersey headquarters. Ranaan reported that the Giants are "among four or five teams Williams is likely to visit."

The Giants' interest in both pass rushers should come as no surprise. They are likely to kick every tire and look under every rock for help with a pass rush that was anemic in 2015, especially with Jason Pierre-Paul and Robert Ayers both set to hit the open market.

Johnson, struggling with a hamstring injury, had just one sack in nine games last season. Williams had just five sacks during a season in which he expressed unhappiness with the defensive scheme in Buffalo. He had a total of 38 sacks combined the three previous seasons.

Jason Pierre-Paul

For a while now, the common perception has been that the Giants would like to bring Pierre-Paul back on a one-year "prove it" type contract, giving them an opportunity to assess what kind of player he can be with his damaged hand. The question has been whether Pierre-Paul would accept that type of deal or seek a long-term deal on the open market. is now reporting that JPP is "open" to a one-year deal at the right price. What is that price? We will see.

If you follow Pierre-Paul on social media, you know that the fireworks accident that permanently damaged his hand has not shaken his belief in himself. If he were to take a one-year deal from the Giants or anyone else it would be a clear sign that Pierre-Paul would be betting on himself to prove those who doubt him wrong and put himself in position for a big contract a year from now.

More Free Agency Rumors

Former Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis, a player some fans would like to see the Giants sign, is reportedly going to visit the Atlanta Falcons on Monday and Tuesday.

The Carolina Panthers are expected to be serious bidders for safety Eric Weddle. The veteran safety played under Carolina coach Ron Rivera and secondary coach Steve Wilks when both were in San Diego. That can't be good news if the Giants intend to pursue Weddle.