By Michael Stewart
Introduction: The New York Giants and GM Dave Gettleman will kick the tires and possibly look to improve the talent on the overall roster; including the offensive line. Gettleman could have nearly $50M in cap space, but don’t expect him to go on a shopping spree, however; it is possible that Getttleman does sign a few free agents outside the organization; along with a couple from their current roster before the NFL draft in April. With that in mind, here are the top 10 possible UFA targets that the Giants could consider to sign:
- Andrew Norwell (OG) Carolina Panthers: Norwell would be the Giants biggest addition this off season and would replace Justin Pugh who could leave to the highest bidder. Norwell is no-nonsense offensive guard who simply does his job and doesn’t miss games.
- Tramon Williams (CB) Arizona Cardinals: Williams took a one year with the Cardinals who signed him after a poor season with the Cleveland Browns. Williams had a solid season and would be an excellent addition for the Giants.
- Zach Fulton (OC/OG) Kansas City Chiefs: If the Giants decide to move from Weston Richburg; which is a possibility, then Fulton could be a solid addition for his versatility to play center and guard. Fulton is durable having played 26 of the 32 games over the last 2 seasons and could compete at center and guard for the Giants.
- NaVorro Bowman (ILB) Oakland Raiders: Bowman had a solid season after joining the Raiders mid-way through the season. Only Khalil Mack had more tackles than Bowman. At 29, Bowman still has more quality years to help any team up the middle; especially the Giants who have not had a MLB with this much talent since Antonio Pierce.
- Connor Barwin (DE) Los Angeles Rams: Barwin also had a one year deal with the Rams in an attempt to raise his stock and Barwin responded well with 5 sacks as a rotational DL.
- Adran Clayborn (DE) Atlanta Falcons: Clayborn’s timing couldn’t be better as he had a solid season in his contract year. Clayborn had a career high 9.5 sacks; which was higher than the Giants leader Jason Pierre-Paul with 8. However; Clayborn could be a little bit out of the price range for the Giants, but worth noting as an option.
- Avery Williamson (OLB) Tennessee Titans: Williamson could peak the Giants interest as the only returning linebacker is B.J Goodson. Williamson had 92 tackles and 3 sacks in 2017 at the OLB position. Under former GM Jerry Reese, the Giants avoided having playmaking linebackers on the roster and it eventually hurt them defensively. Williamson could be a solid addition even if the Giants re-sign Devon Kennard.
- Cameron Fleming (OT) New England Patriots: Fleming could be a solid addition even if the Giants intend to pick up Ereck Flowers fifth year option. Fleming can play both LT and RT and actually graded higher than Flowers by twenty spots according to Pro Football Focus.
- Josh Kline (OG) Tennessee Titans: Kline is as steady as they come at the offensive guard position and would be a less expensive option than retaining Justin Pugh. Kline has shown to be more durable than Pugh having played in all 32 games for the Titans in the past 2 seasons.
- Demario Davis (LB) New York Jets: Davis has not missed a game since 2012 and that alone should be intriguing to the Giants, who have endured years of the history bug to their defense. Davis provides flexibility and solid depth and gives the Giants a linebacker who can make plays.
Final Thoughts: Gettleman stated that what they do during free agency will determine which direction they could take in the draft. If so, it will be interesting to see which direction the Giants take in free agency and how money are they willing to spend.