Five Players the New York Giants Should Target in Free Agency

NFL QB Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
NFL QB Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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Daniel Jones #8 of the New York Giants (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

The New York Giants find themselves in a very interesting position entering the offseason. What moves can they make in free agency?

New York Giants owner John Mara has been outspoken in his support of current quarterback, Daniel Jones. He said as much in an interview recently, stating that Jones was failed at every step by the former regime. It’s hard to argue with that statement.

General manager Joe Schoen has also been quick to say that he is a willing trade partner, both in free agency and the draft. Assuming the team does, indeed, give Danny Dimes a chance to be the guy, they must add talent around him to avoid risking the same outcome.

Schoen brought former Bills offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll, with him to lead the way at head coach. Daboll is widely considered to be the main influence behind Josh Allen realizing his full potential. The team will be hoping that he can make similar strides for Daniel Jones.

Now, we can debate all day about whether or not that is the correct move. I, myself, would be looking to replace the former Duke quarterback, but we will work under the premise that Daniel Jones is the starter in 2022.

Some glaring needs must be addressed in free agency and the draft, both. The offensive line needs a complete overhaul. Tight end is another position on the offense that will be looking for a starter after cutting Kyle Rudolph and letting Evan Engram walk.

New York Giants: 5 Free Agents To Target

On the defensive end, the team needs linebackers — desperately. The New York Giants featured arguably the worst linebacker group in the entire NFL last season. Blake Martinez only appeared in three games and with a big cap hit, it is fair to assume that he is a cut candidate if they can’t agree on a restructure. Even if they are able to bring back Jaylon Smith on a team-friendly deal, they’re going to have to bring in a lot more talent.

An edge rusher opposite Azeez Ojulari is also going to be towards the top of the shopping list. Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, and Ojulari are great fits for the Martindale defense, but adding another premier rusher could take this defense to the next level.

It’s likely that cornerback James Bradberry will be a cap causality if they can’t find a team willing to trade for him. It hurts to move on from Bradberry, but Martindale will be able to handpick his own guys for his system. There are cheaper options out there — on the market and via the draft.

Keeping in mind that the New York Giants have multiple top-ten picks in the draft, let’s check out what pieces the team can add in free agency.