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Free agents Morris Claiborne, Corey Liuget reportedly visit Giants

Let’s look at where the two veterans would fit

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Morris Claiborne (21)
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A newsy day continued for the New York Giants on Wednesday with word that a pair of veteran free agents, cornerback Morris Claiborne and defensive tackle Corey Liuget, visited with the team.

No word as of yet that either player had signed.

Where would Claiborne or Liuget fit if either were to sign with the Giants?

Claiborne, 29, is a seven-year veteran who should be familiar to Giants fans. He spent the first five year of his career with the Dallas Cowboys and the last two with the New York Jets. He has started 73 of the 77 regular-season games he has played in.

Janoris Jenkins is currently the team’s only real veteran cornerback. They re-signed Tony Lippett and Antonio Hamilton, but both are really depth players. Grant Haley showed some promise in the slot as a rookie last season, and 2018 Supplemental Draft choice Sam Beal is currently penciled into the lineup.

While the Giants might look to add a cornerback in the draft, they could use an experienced player like Claiborne.

Keep in mind also that Jenkins is the last of the high-priced free agents signed by former GM Jerry Reese to remain on the roster. Could the Giants try to move him during the draft? They would save $7.75 million against the salary cap by doing so, but would also add another $7 million in dead money to a total that has already swelled to nearly $34 million.

Claiborne apparently had a contract offer recently from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but is seemingly continuing to shop his services.

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Corey Liuget
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Liuget is a 2011 first-round pick who spent his entire career with the Chargers. He has started 103 of 108 regular-season games.

The Giants are expected to add in the draft to a defensive front that currently includes B.J. Hill, Dalvin Tomlinson, R.J. McIntosh and Olsen Pierre.

Liuget played in only six games last season, finishing the year on IR with a torn right quad. He also served a four-game suspension for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Per ESPN, Liuget sued his former trainer as a result of the suspension.

Signing Liuget would not preclude the Giants from adding interior defensive line help in the draft, but would lessen the urgency for them to do so.