As the NFL free agency Roulette wheel continues to spin, let’s take a look at some of Thursday’s news and rumors that may impact the New York Giants. We start with news that a couple of edge defenders who may have been Giants targets are now off the market.
Haason Reddick signs with Carolina
A new Jersey native and former Temple Owl coming off a breakout 12.5-sack season, many looked at the now former Arizona Cardinal as a natural target for the Giants. Reddick is heading to the Carolina Panthers on a one-year deal worth up to $8 million, with $6 million guaranteed.
Perhaps with more cap space the Giants might have been willing to offer Reddick that kind of deal. Instead, they added defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo for one year and $2.5 million.
Reddick gets a one-year shot in Carolina to prove that his breakout 2020 season, which was his fourth in the NFL, wasn’t a fluke.
Kyle Van Noy returns to New England
After being dumped by the Miami Dolphins one year into a four-year, $51 million free agent contract, Van Noy is returning to the New England Patriots, for whom he played from 2017-2019.
Van Noy was with Joe Judge in New England during that time, and that raised the possibility that the Giants might be among the suitors for the seven-year veteran, who will be 30 during the upcoming season.
Van Noy got a two-year deal from the Patriots worth up to $13.2 million.
LB Brandon Copeland to visit Giants
Veteran linebacker Brandon Copeland is expected to make a free agent visit to the Giants as they continue to seek low-cost upgrades to their roster.
Copeland played two seasons for the Detroit Lions, two for the New York Jets and was with the Patriots last season. He played in only six games before going on IR with a torn pectoral muscle.
Copeland has started only 18 off 66 NFL regular-season games. He has played primarily on the edge, but does have experience at inside linebacker, as well.