Nobody will be visiting New Jersey on Tuesday. If they did, with snow and freezing rain throughout the day, they might never want to return.
The New York Giants get a day to reset in free agency. They can reassess their roster, see what’s still available on the open market, attend to some of their own free agents (over the phone) and re-open for business Wednesday when this storm passes.
This is where they stand six days into free agency. The Giants have already signed and re-signed some players. But they can’t possibly be done. The goal is to cover all their bases before the draft, so they’re not pigeon-holed into any position or player.
So let’s take a look at what they’ve done so far in free agency, what else they can do and how much money is available to make those moves.
Salary-cap space: $4 million (estimate)
(Note: There are several moves the Giants could make to add significant cap space, if necessary)
Who has signed:
TE/FB Rhett Ellison: A solid blocker who will be a massive upgrade in the H-back role.
RB Orleans Darkwa (re-signed): He returns after not being tendered as a restricted free agent. The key for Darkwa is staying healthy.
G John Jerry (re-signed): He is back for a fourth season after starting all 17 Giants game last year at right guard. Jerry is a better pass-blocker than run-blocker.
OL D.J. Fluker: A 2013 first-round pick of the Chargers who will try to resuscitate his career. He’ll have to earn his starting spot with the Giants.
Who has left:
OL Marshall Newhouse (Raiders)
K Robbie Gould (49ers)
Positions of need:
Defensive tackle: With Johnathan Hankins still unsigned, there is still uncertainty in the middle of the defense next to Damon Harrison. Even if Hankins leaves, a veteran defensive tackle would help their depth at the position.
Potential options: Re-signing Hankins is still on the table. That would help keep the defense together. If he walks, veterans who can rush the passer such as Jared Odrick, Tyrunn Walker or Sen'Derrick Marks make sense.
Offensive tackle: Swing tackle Marshall Newhouse signed with Oakland. The Giants could still use depth or starters at the position. This isn’t going to be easy to find, either in free agency or in a weak offensive line draft.
Linebacker: They need another cover linebacker. Keenan Robinson filled that role last year and played the second-most snaps among Giants linebackers. Right now there is a hole in their nickel package that needs to be filled with speed.