One day after top free-agent safety Devin McCourty turned down their offer to re-sign with New England, the New York Giants suffered another free-agency disappointment when pass-rusher Brandon Graham changed his mind and decided to re-sign with the Philadelphia Eagles.
A source close to the negotiations said the Giants believed they had convinced Graham to sign with them for an offer very similar to the four-year, $26 million deal he eventually accepted from the Eagles. Graham was the kind of free agent the Giants love to snag -- a player still a month shy of his 27th birthday who's produced at a high level in a limited role and whom they project as ready for a larger one. They were selling Graham on the idea that he's really a 4-3 defensive end who's been miscast in Chip Kelly's 3-4 and would thrive as a pure pass-rusher under Steve Spagnuolo in New York. They were optimistic.
But in the end, he chose the Eagles' offer, and the Giants are on to their next target on the defensive line. Remaining possibilities for defensive end include Tennessee's Derrick Morgan, Cleveland's Jabaal Sheard and others. The Giants also have been in contact with Dan Williams, who would be a run-stuffing defensive tackle in the interior of the defensive line.