The New York Giants were a playoff team in 2016, but still fell short in their attempt to get back to the Super Bowl, and will look to take a bigger leap in 2017.
Checking out the odds to win Super Bowl LII, you can see that the Giants are in the mix, but have things to overcome. If you use someone like totesport for the odds, the G-Men are 20-1 to get to the Super Bowl, behind teams like Dallas, Green Bay, Seattle, Atlanta and even Carolina.
The team has a number of free agents that they will have to make deals with to make another push in 2017, and today we run them down so you can see the things the team will have to deal with this offseason.
Unrestricted free agents (17): Free agency with no strings attached. The Giants can re-sign these players leading up to free agency. But once the new league year begins in March, they can sign with any team at any time.
The UFAs: OT William Beatty; LS Zak DeOssie; TE Larry Donnell; K Robbie Gould; DB Leon Hall; DT Johnathan Hankins; LB Mark Herzlich; RG John Jerry; QB Josh Johnson; QB Ryan Nassib; OL Marshall Newhouse; DE Jason Pierre-Paul; RB Bobby Rainey; CB Coty Sensabaugh; LB Kelvin Sheppard; LB Keenan Robinson; CB Trevin Wade.
Restricted free agents (2): Restricted free agents can negotiate with all teams, but the Giants have the right of first refusal to match any deal as long as they tender the RFAs a one-year offer worth about $1 million.
The RFAs: RB Orleans Darkwa; DL Kerry Wynn.
Exclusive rights free agents (6): Exclusive rights free agents can only sign with their current team, conditional on the team extending a minimum qualifying offer to the player. There is little risk in tendering ERFAs.
The ERFAs: WR Ben Edwards; TE Matt LaCosse; DT Robert Thomas; TE Will Tye; FB Nikita Whitlock.
Out of the unrestricted free agents, the few that the G-Men will have to look to get back go in this order. Pierre-Paul, Beatty, Sensabaugh, DeOssie, Newhouse, and then Hankins.
The good news is the team has a month to start to work out deals for those players, but they will for sure have to get the deals done as once those players hit the market, it’s going to be very tough to get them back into the mix.
They are in a solid position when it comes to free agency, but know there’s work to be done.