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NFL free agency 2016: Safety market thinning -- George Iloka, Rodney McLeod, Tashaun Gipson off the board

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Giants will have to keep looking for safety help.

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[UPDATE 7:21 p.m. ET]

The New York Giants' options for upgrading the free safety position continued to narrow Wednesday evening as Tashaun Gipson signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The former Cleveland Browns free safety signed what was reported as a five-year deal worth up to $35.5 million. What options are left for the Giants? We take a look at five of them.


[UPDATE 12:47 p.m. ET]

The free-agent safety market is getting even thinner for the New York Giants. Rodney McLeod, one of the best free safeties on the market, will reportedly join the Philadelphia Eagles. Adam Schefter reports that McLeod has agreed to a five-year, $37 million deal with $17 million guaranteed.

That means McLeoad and George Iloka are off the market, and the Giants don't appear to be high on the list of teams Eric Weddle would like to play for. Tashaun Gipson, anyone?


The New York Giants are going to have to move on to Plan B if they intend to find a safety in free agency. George Iloka, a player the Giants reportedly had serious interest in, is apparently staying with the Cincinnati Bengals.

In reality, perhaps the Giants are already on to Plan C in their search for a safety to pair with Landon Collins. Veteran Eric Weddle does not seem interested in the Giants.

That leaves the Giants perhaps looking at players like Tashaun Gipson of the Cleveland Browns or Rodney McLeoad of the Los Angeles Rams. McLeod would make an interesting pairing as the Giants are also expected to sign his former Rams teammate, Janoris Jenkins. Could half of the Rams' secondary wind up in New York?