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The NFL season ended on Sunday with the Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl. The New York Giants have a lot of work to do in order to catch their division rival.

Next up: Free agency. A look at what the Giants are facing with their own players.

Unrestricted free agents

QB Geno Smith: He served as the backup to Eli Manning this past season, but there will likely not be room for him on the roster this fall with Manning, Davis Webb and possibly the No. 2 overall pick on the roster. Smith is better off on a team where he has a chance to play.

OL Justin Pugh: He's probably the best and most expensive player on this list. The guard/tackle will have suitors this offseason, especially in an especially weak free agent offensive line class. The Giants will have to pay up to bring him back.

C Weston Richburg: He's a quality starting player, but this past season with the Giants didn't go well and his future is uncertain with Brett Jones available at a much lower price point. The likelihood is Richburg gets better offers elsewhere.

G D.J. Fluker: He was a difference-maker in the run game when healthy last season. He should command more than the one-year, $3 million deal he signed last offseason in this weak offensive line market.

OL Jon Greco: The veteran was signed as a stopgap last season when the offensive line was hit by injuries. It's unlikely he's in their future plans.

RB Shane Vereen: His production has slipped in recent years and he likely has played his last game for the Giants. Vereen still has unique skills that should make him somewhat desirable because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

RB Orleans Darkwa: He proved this season to at least be a capable workhorse back if needed. He finished 10th in the league in yards per carry (4.4 yards) on a team that most considered incapable of running the football effectively.

WR Tavarres King: He finished tied for second on the Giants with three touchdown receptions despite being cut at one point and not dressing for more than a few games. King can provide quality receiving depth. He is a downfield threat who could thrive in the right offense.

DT Jay Bromley: He never established himself as a starter for the Giants despite being a third-round pick. He's a decent rotational player on the defensive line, but could be looking for a bigger role elsewhere.

DE Kerry Wynn: He's scrapped his way into the defensive line mix over the years. When on the field he produces. Wynn is a useful player in a defensive end rotation, especially as a run-stuffer.

LB Devon Kennard: He's proven to be a capable starting player. There seems to be a greater chance he returns with the Giants set to play a 3-4 defense (at least occasionally).

LB Keenan Robinson: He missed a good chunk of the season and his injury history will make it tough to bring him back. The Giants weren't willing to invest any more than one year in Robinson each of the previous two offseasons because of his history.

LB Jonathan Casillas: He was the team's defensive captain who played well before wearing down in 2017. How much is left in that body? The Giants will have to decide. He wants to return.

LB Mark Herzlich: He spent all of this past season on injured reserve. He wants to return, but it's going to be tough as a 30-year-old special teams player coming off an injury.

LB Kelvin Sheppard: He helped the defense immensely when he returned late in the season. It's possible the Giants realize the intangibles he brings to the huddle and locker room and bring him back for another year.

LB Akeem Ayers: He was a veteran fill-in when the Giants were short on linebackers. His return is unlikely.

CB Ross Cockrell: He played well after coming to the Giants in a late-summer trade. He tied for the team lead with three interceptions and would be a nice luxury piece for the defense if they can agree to a new deal.

CB Darryl Morris: The veteran cornerback was a late-season addition.

S Nat Berhe: He was buried on the bench but served as a core special teamer. Berhe can help some team as a big hitting strong safety. With the Giants he was stuck behind Landon Collins. He is likely to land elsewhere this offseason.


C Brett Jones: He will likely be retained at close to $2 million. Jones proved he can be a serviceable starting center in 2017.

LB Deontae Skinner:: He was on and off the Giants roster this season. It would be unlikely for him to return at the amount of the restricted tender.


The Giants have a decision to bring these players back -- tender them -- at minimum salary given their experience (two years or less).

DT Robert Thomas: Thomas was a nondescript defensive line piece the past two seasons. New general manager Dave Gettleman does know him from Carolina. He's likely to return.

OL Jon Halapio: He started late in the season and, at the very least, proved he can be a valuable reserve. Expect him to return.

TE Ryan O'Malley: He was signed by the Giants in December and might stick around for the spring and summer.

LB Curtis Grant: He was serving as a core special teams player before tearing his ACL. His health and return date could determine whether the Giants tender him a contract.