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Best remaining NFL free agents Giants should target

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The Giants have made far more headlines from the players they’ve lost than the players they’ve gained in free agency so far, whether it was from signings or trades. They entered the market with many holes to fill.

And even after signing receiver Golden Tate and edge rusher Markus Golden on Thursday night, they still have a bunch more to fill.

Unfortunately for them, they don’t have a lot of salary cap space to spend. But there are still a few players left on the market who could be a fit:


There is no doubt rebuilding the offensive line is a priority under GM Dave Gettleman, and so far they’ve addressed every position but right tackle. They almost certainly will draft a young tackle early this year, so they’re looking for veterans who can plug this hole for short time.

  • Mike Remmers – The 6-5, 310-pounder will almost certainly be the guy here. He’s visiting the Giants on Thursday. He has played for both Gettleman’s Panthers and for Pat Shurmur in Minnesota. He’s durable, only 29, and can swing between tackle and guard.

Edge rushers

The Giants have absolutely no pass rush after trading their best edge rusher, Olivier Vernon, to the Cleveland Browns. They’ll almost certainly address this in the first round of the draft – either at No. 6 or 17. But so far all they’ve added is Golden, who is trying to come back from a torn ACL. They need to find at least one more to really help.

  • Shaquil Barrett – He was buried in Denver behind Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, but he’s only 26 and loaded with potential. Could be a short-term option who hopes to cash in off a big year.
  • Shane Ray – Wrist injuries have limited him the last two seasons and held him to just two sacks. He almost certainly will be on a one-year, prove-it deal, which would make him worth the risk.


They have nosed around this market, but without much urgency. They are comfortable with Janoris Jenkins for another year. They have supplemental pick Sam Beal coming back after missing his rookie season with a shoulder injury. And Grant Haley overperformed as a rookie. They would like some more depth, though, especially with Jenkins likely in his final year.

  • Ronald Darby – The price will probably be too high, even for one year, but if they can get this 25-year-old who is coming off a torn ACL, they have to do it.  
  • Bryce Callahan – He’s another player coming off an injury (broken foot) and worth a flier. He’s terrific as a slot cornerback. 
  • Darqueze Dennard – A former first-round pick, he’s a terrific slot corner but wants to be paid like an outside corner. That probably puts him outside the Giants’ price range.

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