For the most part, the splashy part of free agency is already over. Seems like it just started, doesn’t it? Anyway, while the New York Giants have accomplished a lot and don’t appear to have a ton of cap space remaining, there are more players on the market who could interest them.
Defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is one, of course. We have already spent time talking about him, though, and he is an obvious target. Another is cornerback Ross Cockrell, who played well for the Giants last season.
Here are five other players who could interest the Giants. These are in no particular order.
S Tre Boston
If the Giants lose out on Mathieu, or simply decide the price tag is too high, Boston might be a player who could help them at free safety. And guess what? Dave Gettleman drafted Boston for the Carolina Panthers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Boston, 26 next season, spent three years in Carolina and started 15 games for the Los Angeles Chargers last season.
His three-year grades from Pro Football Focus show that run defense clearly isn’t his thing, but there is still a lot to like.
CB Jason McCourty
McCourty was just let go by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday. He’s probably too expensive, and he’s also probably going to end up joining his brother, Devin, with the New England Patriots. Still, he is a good player and the Giants need corners. Have to explore it.
C John Sullivan
There was a report earlier Thursday that Sullivan, a soon-to-be 33-year-old, would visit the Giants. This makes sense in the short term because it would provide competition for Brett Jones, or allow the Giants to play Jones at guard if they wish to. Sullivan has been in the league since 2008, so there is a lot of wear and tear on him, but he would increase the flexibility along the line. Oh, and he wouldn’t be that expensive.
G Jack Mewhort
The 26-year-old is a good player who has had injury issues.
Here is what Pro Football Focus says about Mewhort in its 2018 Free Agency Guide:
A promising start to Mewhort’s career has been derailed by injuries over the last two seasons, as he’s played just 979 snaps since 2015. His first three years saw him post grades between 77.1 and 84.1 before his injury-riddled, 313-snap 2017 season saw him grade at 46.1 overall. Knee issues will be the big question mark for Mewhort as he hits free agency, and if he gets good reports in that area, there will be a market for one of the better young guards in the league.
S Eric Reid
Another candidate to play alongside Landon Collins in the Giants’ secondary. He is 26, and has been a starter with the San Francisco 49ers for five seasons since being a first-round pick in 2013.
While he hasn’t really lived up to his first-round status, Reid has had a solid career, grading between 72.6 and 81.4 in all but one of his five years in the league. He had an up-and-down season last year as he transitioned to more of a linebacker role in the 49ers’ scheme, but he finished strong and posted the top grade of his career at 81.4. He has experience playing multiple roles and that will likely land him a long-term deal as he heads into his 26-year old season.