May 12 may seem like just an ordinary NFL offseason day, but it really isn't. May 12 -- today -- is the day when NFL free agent signings no longer figure into the compensatory draft pick formula. Which means the dormant 2016 NFL free agency market could see a spike in post-draft activity as teams will no longer face the possibility of losing a compensatory pick for signing a veteran player.
There aren't, of course, a plethora of impact free agents available at this point. Let's poke around, though, and see if we can list a few players who might still help the New York Giants.
CB Leon Hall
The Giants had the veteran cornerback in for a visit after the draft. Even after drafting cornerback Eli Apple in the first round the Giants could use depth at corner, particularly an experienced slot corner. Hall, 31, still fits that description. NFL.com says "Hall can still help out as a role player in the right situation." Whether that is with the Giants or not, we'll see. The nine-year veteran has other suitors.
CB Jerraud Powers
The Giants had Powers in for a visit well before the draft and the 29-year-old still seems like a player who would be a good fit for the Giants. He is a seven-year veteran who has played for good teams in the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals. He is considered to be better in the slot than outside, but can play in both spots. A return to Arizona remains a possibility for Powers.
WR Anquan Boldin
This one seems highly unlikely. The selection of Sterling Shepard in the second round of the draft, and the plethora of young wide receivers the Giants have added make it seems as though they are looking to fill the final couple of receivers spots with players who have youth and upside. Still, the 35-year-old Boldin caught 69 passes a year ago for the San Francisco 49ers and remains a productive player. His size and strength at 6-foot-1, 218 pounds would be a nice complement to the smaller, quicker receivers on the roster. I have been advocating for the Giants to sign Boldin for a while now. Again, Shepard's presence makes this even more unlikely. Yet, I still think it's not a bad idea.
DB Walter Thurmond
Thurmond spent 2015 with the Philadelphia Eagles after an injury-shorted season (two games) with the Giants in 2014. He is a really good player who can help at corner either in the slot or outside, and showed last season that he can also play free safety. He would likely already have a home for 2016 if he wasn't reportedly contemplating retirement. There has been no official words, however, that Thurmond has called it a career. If he wants to play he would be a good depth signing for the Giants.
OTs Mike Adams/Jake Long
Truth is, I'm not sure either one of these guys would be any better than what the Gints already have -- Marshall Newhouse, Bobby Hart, Byron Stingily. But, since so many are panic-stricken over the right side of the Giants offensive line I had to give you a couple of names to discuss.
Adams, a 2012 second-round pick, was cut loose this offseason by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He missed all of last season after undergoing back surgery, and some believe his NFL career might be over. Read anything about the 26-year-old Adams from Pittsburgh media and you know he proved beyond a shadow of a doubt when he did play that he's not an NFL left tackle. He did, however, apparently play pretty well on the right side as a rookie.
Long, of course, is a player the fan base fawned over for much of last season. He visited the Giants twice but ended up signing with the Atlanta Falcons. He played all of 10 snaps for the Falcons, who gave up more sacks (32-27), had a worse Adjusted Sack Rate (5.4 percent to 5.1 percent) and created fewer Adjusted Line Yards (3.82 to 3.95) than the Giants. Long is 31, has bad knees, hasn't been a Pro Bowler since 2011, and hasn't been a regular player since his last knee injury in the middle of the 2014 season.