NFL free agency is a loooooong way off. We don’t know what the 2021 salary cap will be. But, hey, it is the offseason for the New York Giants — which means speculation season for us. So, let’s speculate.
We will be doing full position breakdowns, draft profiles, free agent profiles and all of the offseason stuff that keeps you coming back and arguing about your favorite NFL. Today, though, let’s take a look at the Pro Football Focus top 100 free agents, which includes PFF’s predictions for where each of those 100 players will land.
Let’s summarize what happens for the Giants in the free agency world as PFF sees it:
- Sign wide receiver Kenny Golladay (if the Detroit Lions don’t franchise tag him)
- Sign wide receiver Curtis Samuel
- Lose Leonard Williams to the Carolina Panthers; sign Yannick Ngakoue to replace him
- Re-sign Dalvin Tomlinson
Kenny Golladay and Curtis Samuel
It’s pretty apparent that PFF was paying attention on Wednesday when co-owner John mara and GM Dave Gettleman spoke to the media about the need for play-makers on offense.
“At the end of the day, we need to find playmakers. That’s all there is to it. I’m not sugar coating it. If you talk about philosophically doing roster building, it’s the Q (quarterback), it’s the big men allow you to compete. On offense, it’s play makers. We have to be very conscious of it. We’re going to find the right guys to help Daniel [jones] get us over that hump,” Gettleman said.
Golladay is a playmaker. He had more than 1,000 yards receiving in 2018 and 2019, but played only five games in 2020 due to a hip injury. PFF has Golladay ranked as its NO. 4 overall free agent, and believes he is ‘probably the most likely franchise tag recipient in the NFL at this point.”
Still, there were reports prior to the trade deadline that the Giants had inquired about Golladay’s availability. He’s 6-foot-4, 214 pounds, has a career average of 16.8 yards per catch and is going to be 28 next season. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the Giants pursue him this offseason.
PFF projects a four-year, $85 million deal for Golladay.
As for Samuel, he is a versatile wide receiver who was selected by Gettleman in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Samuel is coming off a career-best 77-catch, 851-yard season. He also ran 41 times for 200 yards.
PFF projects a three-year, $25 million deal for Samuel. Considering the connection to Gettleman a Samuel-Giants marriage shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Williams and Ngakoue
PFF has Williams, a player I believe the Giants need to prioritize keeping, landing with the Carolina Panthers for four years and $80. Williams is PFF’s No. 20 overall free agent.
Ngakoue, PFF’s 45th-ranked free agent, lands with the Giants for four years and $70 million. Ngakoue basically forced his way out of Jacksonville in the preseason, landed in Minnesota and then got traded to the Baltimore Ravens. He put up 8.0 sacks. In a five-year career, he has never put up fewer than that number, with a career high of 12.0 in 2017.
PFF has Tomlinson, their 39th-ranked free agent, returning to the Giants for four years and $52.5 million. I think Patrick Graham and Giants fans would like that very much.