Here is a list of free agents the Giants will be forced to make some decisions on come this off-season. Here are the players:
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
LT Will Beatty – Beatty was the Giants most reliable linemen this season. It’s also extremely difficult to find starting left tackles. Beatty is a priority this off-season.
DE Osi Umenyiora – Giants fans want him back, but it seems the longtime Giant is ready to move on.
G Kevin Boothe – Boothe was solid this season, never missing a game. The Giants would like to bring him back. Can they upgrade here?
TE Martellus Bennett – The Giants are high on him and Bennett is willing to give a hometown discount. The question is, though, how much? Can he bring his brother, DE Michael Bennett to the big apple?
S Kenny Phillips – The Giants would like Phillips back, but at what price? He has a bum knee, which complicates matters. When healthy, though, he’s a game changer.
LB Chase Blackburn – Knows the defense very well and was solid. The Giants want Herzlich to be the starter one day, but is he ready to take over?
LB Keith Rivers – When healthy, Rivers showed signs of being a top pick. For the right price, the Giants would like him back. But will he get more somewhere else? – When healthy, showed glimpses of speed and athleticism.
K Lawrence Tynes – Was leaky at the end, but will likely be resigned. Had a heck of a season.
DT Rocky Bernard – Was reliable and even started most of the season with injuries to Austin and Canty. Austin needs some snaps, but if Kuhn can prove he’s healthy, Bernard could be the odd man out.
WR Domenik Hixon – Solid veteran who was a reliable number three receiver. Adds value as a punt returner as well, but the Giants would like Randle to become the third option. Will he get more time elsewhere?
WR Ramses Barden – Showed glimpses against the Panthers, but couldn’t crack the rotation enough with Hixon and Nicks hurt. He’ll likely look to sign elsewhere.
QB David Carr – Knows Gilbride’s offense and has a solid relationship with Eli Manning. He should be back unless he can find a sport to compete.
TE Travis Beckum – Beckum could never find his niche, and he will look elsewhere to do so.
T Sean Locklear – Reese found a diamond in the rough with the veteran, but a bad knee injury could end his career.
CB Justin Tryon – Added value in special teams. Could come into camp and fight for a roster spot, but the Giants want to upgrade at corner.
RB Kregg Lumpkin – Was a version of D.J. Ware of sorts. Might compete in camp for that fourth running spot, but unlikely. More of a plug kind of guy.
DT Shaun Rogers – A blood clot ended his season before it began. Could he come back? Might try too, but unlikely.
CB Brian Witherspoon – Another ACL injury ended his season. Value on special teams.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
WR Victor Cruz – The Giants want to sign him to a long term extension, but they’re apart. Should get done, though.
S Stevie Brown – Finished second in the league with 8 interceptions. The Giants will tender Brown.
RB Andre Brown – A broken leg ended his season, but expect Brown to be back.
TE Bear Pascoe – Solid blocker who will be back next season. The Giants do hope Robinson pitches in next season, though.
RB Ryan Torain – The Giants own his rights and will likely bring him into camp.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS
DE Adrian Tracy – If Osi departs it might give Tracy a chance to see more playing time. He is called ‘Yosi’ (Young Osi). Is he ready?
C Jim Cordle – Good depth who can play special teams.
DE Justin Trattou – A badly injured ankle ended his season. The Giants love his potential and think he can be a Dave Tollefson of sorts.