It had been relatively quiet on the Jonathan Goff front until today.
The Giants free agent linebacker visited with the Cleveland Browns according to a tweet by Adam Caplan, NFL reporter/analyst for SiriusXM. Caplan also tweeted that free agent defensive end Dave Tollefson will visit Seattle on Thursday and that Tampa Bay and Green Bay also have interest. The expectation has been that Tollefson could leave in free agency for more than the Giants are willing to pay the backup defensive end. Here is the Giants' list of free agents.
The Giants have said they want to re-sign Goff but they likely let him test the market to see if he can get more than they are willing to offer. It could be a similar situation to Steve Smith from last season when the Giants wanted to re-sign the wide receiver who was coming off knee surgery but only for a certain price. Smith ended up taking a better offer from the Eagles.
We'll have to see what kind of market there is for Goff, who is coming off a torn ACL injury that ended his season just before the season-opener last year. The Giants felt the middle linebacker was primed to have his best season yet and had made strides in training camp. He was supposed to be an extension of Perry Fewell on the field, calling and relaying plays in the huddle. It took a while for the Giants to adjust to losing Goff but Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn, who also is a free agent, got the job done.
So what do we make of the visit to Cleveland? I still think the Giants want him back for the right price and Goff is going to see what he can get on the market. If Goff were to leave, the Giants would still have Boley, Mathias Kiwanuka (if he remains as a hybrid linebacker/defensive end), Jacquian Williams, Greg Jones, Mark Herzlich and Spencer Paysinger at linebacker.
They could try to see if Jones and Herzlich develop enough to play middle linebacker. Or they could sign a veteran inside linebacker on the cheap in free agency. Perhaps they could bring Blackburn back. Stay tuned.
In the meantime, tell us below what you think of Goff and what the Giants should do.