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New York Giants news for Tuesday

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The NFL draft will be held in person this year, with a live event in Cleveland - Washington Post

After the 2020 NFL Draft took place virtually, the NFL has announced that this year’s draft will be held in-person in Cleveland with team officials, prospects and some fans in attendance.

Giants Now: Experts react to Big Blue’s moves - Giants.com

The Giants massive free agency has caught the attention of the league.

Grading every team after NFL free agency - PFF.com

NEW YORK GIANTS: ABOVE AVERAGE

Best signing: WR Kenny Golladay

The Giants had two clear objectives coming into this offseason: retain DI Leonard Williams and add a true ‘X’ wide receiver on the outside for QB Daniel Jones. Neither deal was cheap — far from it — but they managed to get both done, nonetheless.

The Giants reportedly explored a trade for Golladay at the trade deadline during the 2020 season, but nothing materialized. After a surprise decision from Detroit to not utilize the franchise tag on Golladay, he became the clear cut No. 1 option on the market with Chicago tagging Allen Robinson and Tampa Bay tagging Chris Godwin.

After a slow start to free agency at wide receiver that saw some players settle for one-year fliers (Will Fuller to the Dolphins for $10 million, JuJu Smith-Schuster back to Pittsburgh for $8 million), Golladay was still able to command a monster four-year, $72 million contract with $40 million in total guarantees. Even at that price tag, Golladay is a huge addition to a wide receiver room that doesn’t have much size to speak of, having posted the highest grade on contested catches since 2019 (95.4). Jones had the highest rate of accurate throws among starting quarterbacks on passes 20-plus yards downfield in 2020 at 51.3%. This combination is just what the doctor ordered in New York.

What are ‘voidable years’ and how are Giants, NFL using them to beat salary cap? - NY Post

The New York Post’s Ryan Dunleavy explains how the Giants made their salary cap magic happen with “voidable years”.

Do DeVonta Smith’s landing spots change after Free Agency? - Draft Network

Heisman winner DeVonta Smith was in heavy consideration for the Giants at Pick 11. Is he still there following free agency and the news of his reported weight ahead of a Alabama Pro Day no-show?

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