The Giants have been overhauling their defense recently. They’ve traded away defensive end Olivier Vernon and they’ve decided not to retain safety Landon Collins. Dave Gettleman is looking to rebuild the unit, and he is reportedly looking to add to the secondary. The Giants “will target veteran starting cornerbacks” in free agency, sources told Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. Dunleavy points out that their secondary has only one returning starter for next season, so the back half of their defense will look quite a bit different.
Specifically, the Giants will be interested in Colts cornerback Pierre Desir when the market opens, a source told Dunleavy. Desir had been a bit of a journeyman early in his career, but blossomed into a full-time starter with Indianapolis last year and had a really good season. Pro Football Focus graded him as the 18th-best cornerback in the NFL last year. Whatever happens, defensive coordinator James Bettcher will have a lot of new parts next season.
Here’s more from the Big Apple:
- Before making the trade for Kelechi Osemele, the Jets “had been eyeing” Rams guard Rodger Saffold, according to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com (Twitter link). Pauline writes that they’ll no longer be interested after bringing in Osemele to be a starting guard. Saffold has had a big last couple of years in Los Angeles, and will be landing a hefty contract on the open market. The Rams are hoping to retain him, and it’s possible that the Jets making this trade will indirectly help them get their left guard back.
- “There will be a market for” Giants defensive end Kerry Wynn, an impending free agent, sources told Dunleavy. Because Wynn is apparently expected to draw heavy interest, Dunleavy thinks the Giants might be better off trying to retain Josh Mauro, another impending free agent. Wynn had just 1.5 sacks last year, but teams are apparently high on him. Dunleavy also reports that the Giants have no plans to release cornerback Janoris Jenkins or restructure his contract, and that they plan on the veteran anchoring the secondary next year.
- In case you missed it, the Jets are looking to add a blocking tight end and were interested in the recently released Darren Fells.