The NFL’s tampering period begins on Monday at noon eastern, allowing the New York Giants and the rest of the league to start negotiating with free agents. While these negotiations can take place, teams cannot officially sign a player until March 13.

The Giants have a slew of needs to address this offseason and can waste no time in doing so. General manager Dave Gettleman will be looking to add a pass-rusher (or two), a pair of safeties, a right tackle and some help at cornerback.

Sure, free agency won’t cure all of these ills by itself, but it’s certainly a start before the upcoming NFL Draft. So, let the tampering begin as we take a look at who the Giants should be talking to early on with free agency rapidly approaching.

Acquiring a pass-rusher is a top priority for the Giants this offseason and that’s especially true now that the team just dealt away its best pass-rusher remaining, Olivier Vernon, to the Cleveland Browns.

Defensive end Trey Flowers is one of the top pass-rushers currently on the market after the New England Patriots failed to place the franchise tag on him. The 25-year-old former fourth-round pick had his best season with the New England Patriots in 2018, notching a career-high 7.5 sacks and ranking as Pro Football Focus’ No. 6 edge defender.

Flowers isn’t a guy who will compile a large number of sacks, but he is a disruptive force in opposing backfields and would be just what the doctor ordered for Big Blue’s ailing pass-rush.

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