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NFL Free Agency 2018: Justin Pugh is an ex-Giant

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Signs five-year deal with Arizona Cardinals

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Justin Pugh has found a new home. The former New York Giants offensive lineman has reportedly agreed to a 5-year, $45 million deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

The Giants’ 2013 first-round pick, Pugh is the second former Giants starting offensive lineman to secure a lucrative free-agent contract. Weston Richburg signed a 5-year, $47.5 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers. The Giants have also parted ways with Bobby Hart, and seem to have little interest in bringing D.J. Fluker back.

GM Dave Gettleman promised to re-construct the Giants’ offensive line, and while the work does not appear to be complete he has done so.

As of now, the line likely looks like this:

Left tackle — Nate Solder

Left guard — Patrick Omameh

Center — Brett Jones

Right guard — John Jerry/Jon Halapio/John Greco

Right tackle — Ereck Flowers/Chad Wheeler/Adam Bisnowaty

With the Giants in a dire salary cap situation, Jerry’s status on the roster could be tenuous. Even if they keep Jerry, they could still look to the draft for at least one more interior player. Competition for Jones at center and for Flowers/Wheeler/Bisnowaty could also still be on the shopping list.