A few bonus names, too
Less than 24 hours after the signing period officially began, the first wave of NFL free agency is basically over. We know where many of the biggest names who were on the market will be playing next season, and that location won’t be MetLife Stadium for the New York Giants.
Let’s look at some of the remaining players who could, and maybe should, interest the Giants.
Markus Golden, Edge
I have been saying for a while that Golden, who had 12.5 sacks while playing for James Bettcher with the Arizona Cardinals in 2016, is a player the Giants would very much like to have. The Giants, though, have competition from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) March 13, 2019
Other edge players remaining on the market include Shaquil Barrett, Shane Ray, Justin Houston, Alex Okafor and Nick Perry. Pro Football Focus considers Barrett one of the better budget options on the market:
The former UDFA has never put up big sack totals, but he’s consistently been able to affect the run and pass at an above-average level. He’s earned run-defense and pass-rushing grades over 70.0 every single season of his career. Even when top-five pick Bradley Chubb took his job, Barrett still earned a 75.9 overall grade on 276 snaps this past year.
Mike Remmers, OT
The Giants wanted Daryl Williams to play right tackle and finish off their offensive line rebuild. Williams apparently was scheduled to visit the Giants, but cancelled that visit and decided to remain with the Carolina Panthers.
Could Dave Gettleman turn to another player who was with him in Carolina, veteran offensive lineman Mike Remmers? The six-year veteran has experience at right tackle and right guard, and Arif Hasan of the The Athletic Minnesota (Remmers was a Viking in 2018) tells me he really should be “right tackle only” and would provide “about average” play there.
That would be an upgrade from Chad Wheeler and, while not precluding them from using major draft resources on an offensive tackle, would give the Giants flexibility.
Bryce Callahan, CB
The former Chicago Bears slot cornerback was said to be a Giants target entering free agency. To be honest, I’m surprised he is still on the market. Spotrac estimates the 27-year-old’s market value at four years, $25.5 million ($6.3 million annually). Not sure the Giants are willing to play in that financial ballpark.
Zach Brown, LB
Just released by the Washington Redskins, the 29-year-old Brown is a good player who would be an upgrade for the Giants in the middle of their linebacking corps. He had 96 tackles in 2018 and was PFF’s fourth-graded interior linebacker. He missed only two tackles and was fifth among linebackers in tackling efficiency, per PFF.