Rahim Moore, the most accomplished safety on the free-agent market after Devin McCourty returned to the New England Patriots, has reached agreement with the Houston Texans. Antrel Rolle is a member of the Chicago Bears. Tyvon Branch (Kansas City Chiefs), Da'Norris Searcy (Tennessee Titans) and Sergio Brown (Jacksonville Jaguars) have also found new homes.
What now for the New York Giants, who do not currently have a veteran safety on their roster? Let's look at their options.
A source tells me there is "nothing new" between Brown and the Giants. Brown struggled for the Giants during 2014, his first year back after missing 2013 with a torn ACL. He began the year as a starter, was benched after allowing a few big plays, then re-emerged later in the season as a regular contributor on defense.
At his best, the 27-year-old Brown is a ball-hawking safety who can create turnovers, which he did in 2012 when he had eight interceptions. At his worst, Brown can be susceptible coverage mistakes that lead to giving up big plays.
More and more, you begin to wonder if re-signing the five-year veteran might be the Giants' best hope of adding a veteran, starting-caliber safety to their roster.
The versatile former Chief has developed quite a market. The Giants are continually said to be "in" the field of suitors for the 27-year-old Parker, but they don't seem to really be IN the field. Meaning, there seem to be several teams ahead of the Giants in the Parker line.
Stewart's name began popping up in connection with the Giants on Wednesday. Once again, the Giants don't appear to be a front-runner for the former Baltimore Raven, who is reportedly visiting the Denver Broncos. Steve Spagnuolo spent the last two seasons in Baltimore, so there is a natural connection there.
A two-time Pro Bowler whose play has fallen off the past two seasons, most expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to release the 30-year-old Goldson once they finalize a deal with Chris Conte. There have been multiple reports that the Bucs are trying to trade Goldson before releasing him.
The Giants apparently didn't want to commit relatively big money to the 32-year-old Rolle. Perhaps Goldson would be amenable to a short-term, low-cost deal.
The pool, at least the appealing part without the murky water you don't really want to swim in, is drying up quickly. What would you like to see the Giants do?