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by: VG

Name: Andre' Davis

 

Previous Team: Houston Texans

 

Height: 6'1"

 

Weight: 195 lbs

 

Age: 28

 

Stats: 14 games, 8 games started, 33 rec, 583 yards, 3 td's. 32 kick returns, 968 yards, 30.3 average, 3 td's (2 in one game), long is 104 yards.

 

Pros: Speedy receiver who stepped up well for the Texans when Johnson went down, solid hands, deep ball ability, good return man.

 

Cons: Not a consistant body of work, has been great and has dissaoppeared in his career. Good hands, but has dropped some balls.

 

Reason: He's a reliable target who can stretch the field or turn a short pass into a long gain. Has shown he can step in during an injury and play well. Added value because he is a good return man.

 

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Name: David Patten

 

Previous Team: New Orleans Saints

 

Height: 5'10"

 

Weight: 190

 

Age: 34

 

Stats: 16 games, 54 rec, 792 yards, 3 td's,

 

Pros: Was once really fast, has probly lost a tep or two. Smart, has been refered to as a second coach on the field.

 

Cons: Old, a 1 year rental while we groom a younger wr.

 

Reason: Has the speed to get the long ball going, for 1 or 2 years he helps us try to repeat as the 4th receiver while he helps groom a project draft pick taken in the later rounds. Smart player that will help Eli.

 

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Name: Ernest Wilford

 

Previous Team: Houston Texans

 

Height: 6'4"

 

Weight: 223 lbs

 

Age: 29

 

Stats: 16 games, 45 rec, 518 yards, 3 td's.

 

Pros: Big target, moves the chains (35 of 45 rec's went for 1st down), not the fastest, but he is more of a posession receiver.

 

Cons: Inconsistant, hasn't had a break out year,

 

Reason: I think I like him the most of the 3, give us another big target with some speed, if not lightning fast. Will get first downs and even though he is not a primary position imo, he would be perfect for us as a 3rd receiver who gets first downs and keeps drives alive.

 

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Sleeprs: Devery Henderson, Saints. Fast deep ball target, but drops passes.

 

Bryant Johnson, Cards. Plays well as a 3rd receiver and can spot start. But will probly demand more money than we're willing to offer a 3rd receiver.

 

DT

By Allstarjim

ENJOY!

 

A Closer Look at the 2008 Free Agent DT Class, and How it may Impact the Giants

Everyone knows Tom Coughlin’s philosophy. Good teams win the battles in the trenches. As long as Tom Coughlin is the coach of the Giants, there will be no end to trying to find that next diamond in the rough or impact player that can help the Giants on the offensive and defensive lines. Due to an unbelievable 2007 draft, and a strong 2006 draft as well, we might think that there is no longer the urgency to build on that line. But thinking this way would prove to be a mistake if you are a decision-maker of player personnel in the Giants organization. My position focus for this article is DT. The Giants drafted Barry Cofield 2 years ago, and Jay Alford just finished his rookie year. Both figure strong in the Giants’ future plans at the position, and both have shown their value early in their respective careers. In addition, Fred Robbins remains under contract and has been a steady performer. DT is a position of strength today, but that could change at anytime, as we’ve seen in years past with injuries taking their toll on the roster. Depth is vital, and because of that, the Giants will definitely look to upgrade their depth this offseason at DT. If Michael Strahan retires, it would further complicate the situation, because Justin Tuck would move full-time to replace him at DE. I’m sure Steve Spagnuolo would love to keep the “Aces” package in the playbook, and by moving Mathias Kiwanuka to that spot on passing downs, they could still use Tuck inside. However, I believe the Giants will want to keep Kiwanuka at that OLB position, unless injuries force their hand. So it is my belief that the Giants will look to upgrade by finding at least one veteran DT that they can add to their regular rotation inside. There is no shortage of help in the free agent market for DT’s, either. This years’ class is loaded with solid bigs that can make an impact right away. But who are the Giant DT’s that we will be saying goodbye to? These guys are the ones that are going to be opening those positions for future Giants on the defensive line. Say goodbye to:

 

Russell Davis - veteran didn’t provide what the Giants expected him to in his short tenure.

 

Manuel Wright, RFA – restricted free agent is only 23 and is a mountain of a man. Still has a shot to return, if Giants think he can develop.

 

Marcus Bell – veteran went down with a knee injury that ended his season, reportedly the Vikings are looking at him.

 

William Joseph – 1st round bust from several years ago, years of inconsistency and injuries override his infrequent flashes of potential.

 

Before we get down to the nitty gritty, let me tell you who the Giants are likely NOT going to sign. These guys are all big name guys, and all on the free agent list. When I mention these names, some of you may think that it will be great if we got one. But my opinion is that the Giants will likely not pursue any of them. So here they are, and why the Giants will let them go to someone else, or let them go home:

 

Kimo Von Oelhoffen – at age 36, Oelhoffen still may have another year or two of solid play in him. But he’s coming off an injury-plagued year in which he played in 8 games and registered 2 tackles. The Giants are not going to pay for a guy who just broke down and is 36 years old.

 

Keith Traylor – at age 38, the “Tractor” already has had a long and proud career. At 38 years old, he is not the penetrating force inside that the Giants are going to be after.

 

Grady Jackson – two injury shortened seasons in a row, and again, at age 35, not the time to take a chance on a guy who is clearly past his prime.

 

Ted Washington – the 39 year old (!) is coming off a serious knee injury, and the last three years has just been a run-stopper, not providing any penetrating pass rush.

Bryant Young – One of the 49ers staples in the middle of their defense, is on the free agent list and is probably the biggest name guy there at DT, but he announced his retirement shortly after the 49ers final game.

 

So now you know who NOT to get all in a tizzy over, we can focus on the lesser name guys that you may see in a Giants uniform in 2008. Before you get into it, keep in mind that I believe that the Giants will target at least one veteran DT to help the club in 2008, and to provide a little more balance in the mix of younger players and veterans on the defensive line. You may say “WHO?!” when you read some of these names, but these guys can be good contributors, and let’s see if one or two of these guys end up in a Giant uniform for 2008:

 

CHARTRIC DARBY

HT: 6-0

WT: 297

Age: 32

Experience: 7 Seasons

Former Teams: Seahawks, Bucs

2007 Stats: 6 G, 6 GS, 12 Tckls, 8 Solo, 4 Ast, 0.5 Sck

2006: 16 G, 14 GS, 37 Tckls, 28 Solo, 9 Asts, 3.5 Scks

Pros: A veteran guy with starter’s experience, has shown ability to penetrate into the pocket in years’ past. Scout.com has him ranked as the 2nd best free agent DT on the market*, after Albert Haynesworth, who is franchised by the Titans.

Cons: Coming off a knee injury that ended his 2007 season early. As one of the more highly regarded DT’s in free agency, may command a larger salary to fill a role than the Giants are willing to commit to. He may insist on playing for a team that will guarantee him full-time starters role.

Why he’d be a good fit for the Giants: A veteran presence that can step in and mentor the young guys, as well as more than adequately take over if catastrophic injury were to occur to one of the starters. Giants could use a veteran guy of his caliber as an insurance policy.

 

 

KINDAL MOOREHEAD

HT: 6-2

WT: 285

Age: 29

Experience: 5 Seasons

Former Team: Carolina Panthers

2007 Stats: 16 G, 1 GS, 19 Tckls, 13 Solo, 6 Asts, 2 Scks

2006: 16 G, 0 GS 13 Tckls, 10 Solo, 3 Asts, 0.5 Scks

2005: 15 G, 0 GS, 23 Tckls, 18 Solo, 5 Asts, 5 Scks, 3 PDef

2004: 14 G, 12 GS, 38 Tckls, 31 Solo, 7 Asts, 2 Scks, 2 PDef, 1 INT, 17 YDs, 1 TD

Pros: Perhaps the perfect veteran reserve DT. Has stayed relatively injury free for 5 seasons and has a proven track record of being able to get to the QB in limited roles. Another guy who has starting experience. Has rarely ever missed a game to injury in 5 seasons.

Cons: Performance may have dipped since 2005. Does he have the same motivation? Maybe a little undersized to be a force against the run.

Why he’d be a good fit for the Giants: As stated above, is very durable and would likely come at a reasonable price. A guy that would fit well and be a steady contributor in a backup role, something the Giants need. He’s likely been well coached, as he has played for John Fox.

 

RANDY STARKS

HT: 6-3

WT: 312

AGE: 24

Experience: 4 Seasons

Former Team: Tennessee Titans

2007 Stats: 14 G, 4 GS, 16 Tckl, 11 Solo, 5 Asts, 1 PDef

2006: 16 G, 8 GS, 40 Tckl, 25 Solo, 15 Asts, 3 Sacks

2005: 16 G, 16 GS, 47 Tckl, 34 Solo, 13 Asts, 3 Sacks, 1 PDef

2004: 14 G, 8 GS, 28 Tckl, 17 Solo, 11 Asts, 4.5 Sacks, 2 PDef

Pros: Scout.com’s 13th ranked DT on the free agent market*. Has plenty of starting experience, and yet is a young veteran who could yet grow. Ideal size for the position. Has been Albert Haynesworth’s backup in Tennessee, would be a starter on other teams. Another guy with the ability to collapse the pocket. Very durable player as evidenced by his averaging 15 games a season over the last 4 years.

Cons: Now out from under Haynesworth’s shadow, is he now looking for a starting gig?

Why he’d be a good fit for the Giants: If I’m Jerry Reese, this is the player who could be my guy. Starks has already shown he can play, yet is only 24. Would push Cofield and Alford, and provide great depth as well as being a durable player. With his skill set, should be solid versus the pass and the run. May be had for a bargain as many other higher profile DT’s are on the market.

 

SLEEPERS

 

BRIAN YOUNG

HT: 6-2

WT: 298

AGE: 30

Experience: 8 Seasons

Former Team: New Orleans Saints

2007 Stats: 9 G, 8 GS, 18 Tckl, 16 Solo, 2 Asts, 3 Scks, 1 PDef

2006: 16 G, 16 GS, 46 Tckl, 36 Solo, 10 Asts, 5.5 Scks, 1 PDef

2005: 16 G, 16 GS, 51 Tckl, 38 Solo, 13 Asts,

2004: 15 G, 15 GS, 59 Tckl, 40 Solo, 19 Asts, 2.5 Scks

Pros: A veteran guy who has proven value. Would upgrade the middle of the defense. He owns 21.5 career sacks, with a high of 5.5 in 2006. Ranked as the 6th best free agent DT by Scout.com*. Up until last year, has almost never missed a game. Oddly, was placed on injured reserve in 2007 due to pneumonia. One of the best starting DT’s available.

Cons: Been a starter most of career, may not fit into Giants’ plans if they are dead set on keeping Cofield and Robbins as the starters. May be price prohibitive.

Why he would be a good fit for the Giants: Well, he’s one of my sleeper picks for a reason… and that reason is that he likely won’t figure into the Giants’ plans. With the Giants set with Cofield and Robbins, there is little reason to invest in a starter of Young’s caliber. However, you never know, the Giants could decide to get another guy in there to have at least 3 high quality DT’s in the rotation. If this is the case, Young could be the guy. He certainly would push Cofield and Alford.

 

ROD COLEMAN

HT: 6-2

WT: 297

Age: 31

Former Team: Atlanta Falcons

2007 Stats: 5 GS, 7 Tckls, 5 Solo, 2 Asts, 2 Sck, 1 PDef

2006: 15 GS, 25 Tckls, 20 Solo, 5 Asts, 6 Sacks, 6 PDefs

2005: 10.5 Sacks

2004: 11.5 Sacks

Pros: One of the most respected DT’s in the game. A former Pro Bowler, Coleman would push Cofield back on the depth chart and make the Giants front four even more intimidating. Definitely would push and be a mentor to Cofield and Alford. Ranked the 3rd best DT on the free agent market by Scout.com*. The best DT on the free agent market, in my opinion. A complete DT who is a force inside.

Cons: Would not come cheaply. Could possibly set back Cofield and Alford’s progress by them not getting as many snaps. Was placed on injured reserve last year due to hand and arm injuries. Has already visited Tampa Bay and may be signed before would even have a crack at him.

Why he’d be a good fit for the Giants: See this same section for Brian Young. He’s a pipe dream.

 

Summary

Again, I believe the Giants will pursue a veteran back-up DT to provide quality depth. They may also pursue a couple of younger more inexperienced DT’s to maybe find a diamond in the rough or to create more competition. I also think they will draft another DT as well, to round out the group, but more on that in my later article. I doubt they will look at the upper echelon DT’s on the market. What’s great about this market for DT’s is that they will be able to find high quality DT’s or unproven DT’s. Whatever route they would like to take, the players are there for the picking. I couldn’t list every player that I thought had a decent chance of being sought after by the Giants, but some other DT’s that didn’t quite make my list are: Spencer Johnson, Anthony Maddox, Langston Moore, and Isaac Sopoaga. A couple of these guys may even be more likely to land with the Giants than the players I have listed because they are cheaper and to a degree, more unproven. Either way, the Giants interior defense will remain strong next year, as Coach Coughlin and Reese have proven they now how to find the right pieces to win the battles in the trenches.

 

*-Scout.com had our very own William Joseph as the 8th best free agent DT on the market. You determine their credibility.

 

LB

By BleedinBlue

 

Free Agents

 

LINEBACKERS (prepared by Bleedin)

 

1) LANCE BRIGGS - Chicago Bears

Age: 27

Years in NFL: 5

Drafted: 2003 - Third round, 68th overall

College: Arizona - 3-time first-team All-Pac-10 Conference

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 240

 

Stats:

2003 - Rookie year – played all 16 games. 78 tackles (65 solo), 0 sacks, 1 interception that was

returned for a touchdown.

2004 - Played all 16 games had 126 tackles (102 solo), .5 sacks, 1 interception that was returned for a touchdown. Named as alternate to the Pro-Bowl.

2005 - Played all 16 games. Named to the Pro-Bowl. 107 tackles (84 solo), 2 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 returned for a touchdown.

2006 - Played all 16 games. Named to the Pro-Bowl. 134 tackles (113 solo), 1 sack, 2 interceptions.

2007 - Played 14 games. Named to the Pro-Bowl. 103 tackles (84 solo), 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 0 interceptions. Season stats were an all-time low for him as he played in only 14 games.

 

Pros:

He’s been a pro-bowler 4 out of his 5 years in the NFL. He’s in his prime, stays healthy, decent pass rusher, superb tackler, excellent athleticism and football skills. He has over a hundred tackles in 4 out of his 5 seasons with the Bears.

He’s versatile as a linebacker who has become one of the most talented weakside linebackers in the league. But he is also a natural for playing middle. He would more than likely be slotted for MLB anywhere else, but in Chicago’s defensive scheme, that is locked down by Brian Urlacher.

Cons:

Potential attitude problem if he doesn’t like the organizational staff. He has had real problems with Chicago’s staff ever since he was drafted and has repeatedly said that he wants out. His main bitch is that he thinks he is underpaid. He drew controversy in 2006 by refusing to play in the summer camp and was subsequently demoted by coaching staff. This past season, Urlacher took a pay cut to keep Briggs on the team, but Briggs said on the “The Mike North Morning Show” a week later that he would not play and does not consider himself a Chicago Bear and might sit out the season. Furthermore, Chicago slapped the franchise tag on him to keep him from jumping ship and to get one more year out of him. However, he did end up playing. This past summer he wrecked his Lamborhini on the Chicago Expressway and told the police his car had been stolen before admitting he was driving. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident where there was property damage as well as failure to report the accicent in a timely manner. Biggest con (IMHO): He is probably expecting to be one of the highest paid linebackers in the free agent market this year and his loyalty and attitude is suspect.

Reason: His presence would make the Giants linebackers one of the best in the NFL…..as long as Mitchell is resigned and Kiwanuka returns to pre-injury form.

 

2) KARLOS DANSBY, Arizona Cardinals – Got Tagged – no longer available!

 

3) LANDON JOHNSON, Cincinnati Bengals

 

Age: 26

Years in NFL: 4

College: Purdue

Drafted: 2004 – Third round, 96th overall

Height: 6’2”

Weight: 232

 

Stats:

2004 – Rookie Year - Played in 16 games. 87 tackles (60 solo), 2 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles.

2005 – Played in 15 games. 86 tackles (60 solo), 0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 forced fumble.

2006 – Played in 14 games. 114 tackles (80 solo), .5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 forced fumbles.

2007 - Played in 14 games. 109 tackles (71 solo), 1 sack, 0 interceptions, 0 forced fumbles

 

Pros:

Very versatile as he can play all three linebacking positions (and play them well) - switched to MLB in 2007, and has also played some Defensive End. In some ways, he’s similar to Lance Briggs but without the attitude and this guy is getting better every year. He’s not a superb pass rusher, but is a tackling animal and has led the Bengals in tackles 3 out of the last 4 years. He’s managed to remain injury free and his best years are yet to come.

Cons:

Will likely resign with Bengals as they have made signing him their number 1 priority

Reason: His versatility allows Spags to experiment with any type of defense and he's a run stuffer.

 

4) CALVIN PACE, Arizona Cardinals

 

Age: 27

Years in NFL: 5

Drafted: 2003 – First round, 18th overall

College: Wake Forest

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 272

 

Stats:

2003 – Rookie Year - Played in 16 games. 32 tackles (25 solo), 1 sack, 0 interceptions, 0 forced fumbles.

2004 – Played in 14 games, 13 Tackles (8 solo), 4.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles

2005 – Played in 5 games. 12 tackles (7 solo), 1 sack, 0 interceptions, 0 forced fumbles.

2006 – Played in 16 games. 31 tackles (27 solo), .1 sack, 0 interception, 2 forced fumbles.

2007 - Played in 16 games. 98 tackles (80 solo), 6.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble

 

Pros:

He is big, strong, and fast and has finally risen to expectations this past season after being drafted in first round. Injuries that hampered his early career appears to be over. Exceptionally hard hitter and non-stop motor when in pursuit of opposition with the ball. Has become a pass rushing force for opposing teams to reckon with. He is also versatile and has played Defensive End in pass rushing situations.

Cons:

He is a top performer in 3-4 defensive schemes and will probably be the top target of 3-4 teams, but the Giants of course, use mostly a 4-3 defense. His ability to adjust accordingly is unproven and he will not come cheap. The Cardinals are expected to do everything in their power to keep Pace. But the Cards threw the franchise tag on Danby and don’t plan on working out a contract with him until they find out what other teams are paying top linebackers so they’ve backed themselves into a corner guaranteeing they’ll pay through the ass for Danby. This may make it difficult for them to keep Pace as well.

Reason: Having a Mathias Kiwinuka type player who already knows the ins and outs of linebacking allows Kiwi to move back to the line. Also, Pace could go up and play DE in a pinch. Adding yet another top notch pass rusher would make the Giants ridiculously awesome.

 

Sleeper Pick: BOSS BAILEY….Champ Bailey’s younger brother - a highly celebrated player out of University of Georgia who was drafted as the 2nd pick in the 2nd round in 2003. He’s big (6’3 ¾”) and he’s incredibly fast (40yd - 4:35) – faster than most wide receivers, which makes him about the fastest linebacker to ever play in the NFL. However, after some injury plagued seasons and some apparant internal strife with management, the Detroit Lions have given up on him saying that he has never reached his potential. He’s still young and a very gifted athelete, but to reach his potential he will have to find a way to keep free of injuries. If the Giants were to pick him up, he’d probably come reasonably priced and could be signed for a short contract….I think he’d be a major, major bargain.

Other notable free-agent linebackers: Demorrio Williams, UFA, Atlanta Falcons; Mark Simoneau, UFA, New Orleans Saints; Lemar Marshall, UFA, Washington Redskins

 

CB

by NeMesiS

Name: Drayton Florence

Previous Team: San Diego Chargers

 

Height: 6-0

 

Weight: 196 Lbs

 

Stats: Games: 16 – Tackles: 62 (56 Solo) – Int: 2

Pros: Florence is a big and physical good veteran cornerback with starting experience. He does a great job covering the slot receiver. He an above average Blitzer (which will work well under Coach Spagnuolo system) and isn’t afraid to mix it up against the run.

 

Cons: Not really a ‘Shut Down’ Corner; Only good against average receivers. He struggles against speedy receivers. And could be a product of the system he played in. Might ask for starting corner money…

 

Reason: Signing Drayton Florence makes perfect sense. He could challenge Corey Webster and Aaron Ross for both starting corner position. Though he’s not overly talented, he can add more game experience to a group that came up big in last year playoffs.

 

Name: Fernando Bryant

 

Previous Team: Detroit Lions

 

Height: 5-10

 

Weight: 175 Lbs

 

Stats: Games: 16 – Tackles: 69 (59 solo) – Int: 2 – FF: 1

 

Pros: Bryant is a very fluent corner. He’s very talented, very physically gifted athlete. He can cover smallish, quick receivers easily. He still shows he has quickness and speed at his age.

 

Cons: Inconsistent. One quarter he looks like a Pro-Bowl cornerback. The next he’s struggling against a no-name WR. He has a problem covering tall, physical receivers. Sometime I think he’s a bit too lazy against the run. And he’s not what you would consider a “Playmaker.” Only has 7 interceptions, in 9 seasons. That’s not good!

 

Reason: Though, he might not be much off an upgrade at this point of his career. I still think he’s a better cornerback than R.W. McQuarters. Fernando Bryant hasn’t played on a defense who can pass rush the Quarterback. Which could explain why he’s never had more than 2 int in a year in he’s career. I’ll be very interesting seeing play under Steve Spagnuolo.

 

Name: Randall Gay

 

Previous Team: New England Patriots

 

Height: 5-11

 

Weight: 190 Lbs

 

Stats: Games: 16 – Tackles: 37 (32 solo) – Int: 3 – FF: 1.

 

Pros: Randall has BIG game experience. He’s a proven winner everywhere he’s been at; Both in College and the Pros. He can play both Safety and Corner positions. He was coached by arguably one of the best coaching staffs in the league. He’s a very smart and very fast player.

 

Cons: He doesn’t wow you with talent. Don’t get me wrong… He’s got talent, however, not a lot. I know it’s hard to believe, but he kind of underachieve in his career; mostly because he’s battle injuries throughout his career. He could be a byproduct of the system he’s played in. You can thank Troy brown for that…

 

Reason: Though I can’t imagine The Patriots let him go without a fight. He could upgrade the Giants secondary at a cheat price. And since there’s a good possibility that Gibril Wilson is going to leave the Giants. Randall can move to safety and man the position for the time being.

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Good job guys.

 

I've been reading news articles all morning trying to figure out what the Giants are planning on doing on free agents and don't find much.

 

According to insiders, the Giants are letting Gibril, Torbor, and possibly Kawika Mitchell walk. They've put an offer on the table for Mitchell, but he hasn't taken it and wants to see what other teams might offer. If all this is true.....we will be depleted behind the defensive line. Sources say that Spags/TC/Reese are high on Gerris Wilkinson and believe he can step up to replace Mitchell and they believe that Zak DeOssie is ready to step up in Reggie Torbor's place....but it leaves no backups in the linebacking corp except Blackburn and Tank Daniels (who I know little about). Wilson wants to get 5 million + with a 6-year contract. Giants are thinking 3-year contract and at least a million a year less than that.

 

Regardless....I don't see how the Giants can afford to not look at free agent linebackers and another safety. To me...this appears to be the biggest area of concern and should be priority one.

 

NJ.com says: the Giants won't spend freely, but are looking at: Jets safety Erik Coleman, Ravens wide receiver Devard Darling or Seahawks running back/punt returner Alvin Pearman

 

NY Post says: Giants have about 18 million cap space and are interested in Hall and Trufant, but aren't likely to spend the kind of money and picks necessary to bring them to NY. They also say that the Giants are possibly interested in: S -Madieu Williams (Bengals), S - Sammy Knight (Jaguars), S - Eugene Wilson (Patriots) and Erik Coleman (Jets). Also says they are interested, but leary of the expense, at CB -Drayton Florence

 

NY Daily News says: Giants aren't expected to be big spenders in offseason and will hold back to see how things unfold.

 

NY Sun: Again reiterates that the Giants probably won't be big spenders on free agents. They say that Gibril wants to stay with the Giants and will give the team the opportunity to match any offer he gets. But if he's offered over 4 million, the Giants won't match it. They also say that the Giants might be interested in S -Madieu Williams (Bengals)

 

NorthJersey.com: if the Giants lose both Wilson and Torbor, they'll be looking at restocking the cupboard and could be interested in replacing Wilson with Bengals' Madieu Williams, the Jets' Erik Coleman, the Cards' Terrence Holt, the Texans' Von Hutchins or an old hand like the Jaguars' Sammy Knight. To replace Torbor, they could be interested in Bengals' Landon Johnson, the Vikings' Dontarrious Thomas or the Falcons' Demorrio Williams.

 

In summary...the names coming up most often are: Madieu Williams and Erik Coleman ...but everything is simply speculation at this point.

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Reported this morning so far:

 

- Saints have worked out a deal with the Jets and have acquired Vilma

- Jets acquire DT Kris Jenkins in exchange for a third- and fifth-round draft pick.

- 49'ers have signed LB Dontarrious Thomas (Vikings)

- 49'ers have signed RB DeShaun Foster (Panthers)

- Miami Dolphins have signed free agent OG Justin Smiley (49ers)

- Buccaneers have signed free agent C Jeff Faine (Saints)

- Saints have reached a last minute agreement with free agents LB Mark Simoneau and DT Brian Young (Saints)

- Browns to acquire DT Corey Williams (Packers) in exchange for second-round pick

 

 

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In my post about 4 hours ago I mentioned that the name most kicked around by sources as most likely to become a Giant was FS Madieu Williams

 

So much for that idea

 

"ESPN is reporting the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent FS Madieu Williams"

 

In other news, Miami picked up DT Jason Ferguson and a 2008 sixth-round draft choice from the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a 2008 sixth-round draft choice and a 2009 sixth-round draft choice. And of course, Miami has signed Torbor off our roster.

 

Looks like Tuna is being fairly busy today and is serious about rebuilding that Dophins team. He has an excellent eye for talent and I'd love to know what he saw in Torbor that we didn't.

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Looks like Tuna is being fairly busy today and is serious about rebuilding that Dophins team. He has an excellent eye for talent and I'd love to know what he saw in Torbor that we didn't.

 

Do you really think so, Bleedin? Aside from Curtis Martin I can't think of one impact guy Parcells has gone out and gotten in all his years running a front office. Aside from that, he traded Hugh Douglass away to draft... Dorian Boose?

 

He gets big-name guys (Keyshawn, Bledsoe, etc.) that are past their prime.

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Good job guys.

 

I've been reading news articles all morning trying to figure out what the Giants are planning on doing on free agents and don't find much.

 

According to insiders, the Giants are letting Gibril, Torbor, and possibly Kawika Mitchell walk. They've put an offer on the table for Mitchell, but he hasn't taken it and wants to see what other teams might offer. If all this is true.....we will be depleted behind the defensive line. Sources say that Spags/TC/Reese are high on Gerris Wilkinson and believe he can step up to replace Mitchell and they believe that Zak DeOssie is ready to step up in Reggie Torbor's place....but it leaves no backups in the linebacking corp except Blackburn and Tank Daniels (who I know little about). Wilson wants to get 5 million + with a 6-year contract. Giants are thinking 3-year contract and at least a million a year less than that.

 

Regardless....I don't see how the Giants can afford to not look at free agent linebackers and another safety. To me...this appears to be the biggest area of concern and should be priority one.

 

NJ.com says: the Giants won't spend freely, but are looking at: Jets safety Erik Coleman, Ravens wide receiver Devard Darling or Seahawks running back/punt returner Alvin Pearman

 

NY Post says: Giants have about 18 million cap space and are interested in Hall and Trufant, but aren't likely to spend the kind of money and picks necessary to bring them to NY. They also say that the Giants are possibly interested in: S -Madieu Williams (Bengals), S - Sammy Knight (Jaguars), S - Eugene Wilson (Patriots) and Erik Coleman (Jets). Also says they are interested, but leary of the expense, at CB -Drayton Florence

 

NY Daily News says: Giants aren't expected to be big spenders in offseason and will hold back to see how things unfold.

 

NY Sun: Again reiterates that the Giants probably won't be big spenders on free agents. They say that Gibril wants to stay with the Giants and will give the team the opportunity to match any offer he gets. But if he's offered over 4 million, the Giants won't match it. They also say that the Giants might be interested in S -Madieu Williams (Bengals)

 

NorthJersey.com: if the Giants lose both Wilson and Torbor, they'll be looking at restocking the cupboard and could be interested in replacing Wilson with Bengals' Madieu Williams, the Jets' Erik Coleman, the Cards' Terrence Holt, the Texans' Von Hutchins or an old hand like the Jaguars' Sammy Knight. To replace Torbor, they could be interested in Bengals' Landon Johnson, the Vikings' Dontarrious Thomas or the Falcons' Demorrio Williams.

 

In summary...the names coming up most often are: Madieu Williams and Erik Coleman ...but everything is simply speculation at this point.

 

 

Demorrio Williams would be a nice fit.

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Kalu draws Giant interest: Houston Texans defensive end N.D. Kalu is still talking with the Texans and is receiving interest from the New York Giants.

 

 

 

Webster to visit Pats: Buffalo Bills cornerback Jason Webster is scheduled to visit with the New England Patriots on Monday. He also is receiving interest from Seattle, the New York Giants and the Bills.
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I would like to say that out of my DT's, Randy Starks AND Brian Young are off the board. Also, I would like to say to VG, Ernest Wilford's previous team was not the Texans! What kind of journalist are you??? I do believe he is off the board as well, speaking of Wilford, and I know that Andre Davis is also gone, as he resigned with the Texans.

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I would like to say that out of my DT's, Randy Starks AND Brian Young are off the board. Also, I would like to say to VG, Ernest Wilford's previous team was not the Texans! What kind of journalist are you??? I do believe he is off the board as well, speaking of Wilford, and I know that Andre Davis is also gone, as he resigned with the Texans.

Wow I just noticed that error. I copied my Davis post because the originol didn't have an age section so I must have forgotten to change the team for Willfod.

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