As the second (official) day of NFL Free Agency begins, we have reports that two former members of the New York Giants might be on their way to finding new homes.
News has surfaced that both offensive lineman Justin Pugh and linebacker Jonathan Casillas have visits scheduled.
First up, Mike Garafolo is reporting that guard/tackle Justin Pugh is visiting with the Arizona Cardinals Thursday.
OL Justin Pugh headed to Arizona tomorrow to visit the Cardinals, source says. Cards looking for interior OL help, so they're in talks with the former NYG 1st-rounder.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 14, 2018
Pugh has been the Giants’ best, or at least most consistently good, offensive lineman since being selected in the first round of the 2013 draft. He began his career at right tackle, before moving to left guard in 2015 with the arrival of Marshall Newhouse. He was ranked as a top 5 left guard in both 2015 and 2016. He moved back to right tackle amid the rash of injuries that caused a massive offensive line reshuffling, before having his season ended by an injury of his own.
The Giants appear content to let the 27 year old Pugh explore is options in free agency, perhaps because his injury history has impacted his reliability.
Another offensive lineman may be on the move, as Kim Jones is reporting that right guard D.J. Fluker is visiting the Seattle Seahawks.
Fluker was a late addition in the 2017 free agency, and it took several games before injury forced Ben McAdoo’s hand to insert him in the starting line-up. But when he did, it paid immediate dividends. With Fluker at right guard the Giants fielded one of the league’s most efficient rushing attacks.
He tried to battle through a quad injury, but Fluker’s season ended after a Week 11 win against Kansas City.
Garafolo’s colleague, Ian Rapoport, is reporting that linebacker Jonathan Casillas might be looking at a reunion with the New England Patriots.
Casillas signed with the Giants as a free agent in 2015 after winning the Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2014. He was a serviceable WILL linebacker and emerged as a defensive captain for the Giants, but his true value is as a special teams ace. His season was ended by injury as well, though in his case it was a neck injury.