Giants will need to spend big for free-agent pass-rusher

The Giants are in need of a pass rushing end and free agent Mario Williams could provide the help. Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Here are the moves the New York Giants should consider when free agency opens at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday:

Priority No. 1: Open the wallet for pass-rush help. The Giants have a tendency to not want to stretch beyond the prices they set for specific players. But assuming they can't re-sign Jason Pierre-Paul and/or Robert Ayers, their need for pass-rush help is so acute that they'll need to get out of their comfort zone to address it. Whether that means seeing what Mario Williams wants or seeing what kind of mega-offer it takes to get Olivier Vernon out of Miami, the Giants need to explore and be willing to burn some of their significant cap space to help solve this problem.

Priority No. 2: Free safety. There are good young options, including Cleveland's Tashaun Gipson and the Rams' Rodney McLeod. The Giants can't get stuck with nothing at safety, as they did last season when they made a big play for Devin McCourty and he stayed in New England. They need a true free safety to pair with Landon Collins and help solve their coverage problems on the back end.

Priority No. 3: Find a middle linebacker. With Jon Beason having retired, there remains a significant void. They can't count on finding the answer in the draft, so they need to pick through a free-agent class that includes the likes of Danny Trevathan, Brandon Marshall, Rolando McClain and, if they can't find anyone in their preferred age range, DeMeco Ryans.

Priority No. 4: An offensive lineman. The guard market is robust, with players such as Kelechi Osemele, Alex Boone and Jeff Allen. Geoff Schwartz and Will Beatty were recently cut, which means the Giants need to add depth and likely at least one starter on the right side of the line. They spent big on guard two years ago, when they brought in Schwartz, and they could do so again.

Priority No. 5: Wide receiver. Rueben Randle is likely gone, so the Giants need to replace him with another No. 2 wide receiver. Rutgers product Mohamed Sanu heads the list of likely available players, and the Giants will look to add a tall receiver to play opposite Odell Beckham Jr.