Heading into free agency, I didn’t expect the Giants to be aggressive. However, I can see why there were. Dave Gettleman is set for a make or break season and needed to impress. Even if that means overpays and taking risks, the Giants have the worst record in the NFL over the past three years combined. They need to go all-in.
Looking at their signings, they did some interesting things. Letting go of Wayne Gallman and Dalvin Tomlinson, two players that were great pieces of the team. But sometimes you have to make sacrifices to win. Leonard Williams the heart and soul of the defense was resigned on a massive three-year deal. 21 million dollars a year. A bit of a overpay, but was definitely necessary for the culture, as he is a young star.
Giants Free Agency
Moving onto the new signings, the Giants were in desperate need of a wide receiver. They landed the top one on the market in Kenny Golladay. While Golladay has had an injury history and 18 million a year is a lot, he will instantly level up the offense. Daniel Jones has never had a true WR1, so it will be exciting to see what he can do with one. Adoree Jackson was a good pickup for a CB2, but also a overpay. His injury history is also concerning. Smaller pickups like Devontae Booker and Reggie Ragland are good. Kyle Rudolph can be a great weapon as well.
In terms of what they will do in the draft, the Giants have many options now. First, they could take the playmaker route and try to land one of the top four playmakers in JaMarr Chase, Devonta Smith, Kyle Pitts, and Jaylen Waddle. While WR or TE is not their biggest need, getting Daniel Jones as many options as possible is a good idea. Secondly, they could boost their offensive line. Players like Rashawn Slater and Christian Darrisaw are good fits and could add to the young protection core. Another option is taking a defensive player, like Micah Parsons from Penn State or Michigans Kwitty Paye. Their final option is a trade down, likely with a team either desperate for any remaining top QBs or one of the other star receivers. A trade back is smart because the Giants can get more picks and resources as they only have six picks overall.
As a whole, the Giants had one of their best offseasons in recent memory. Dave Gettleman went all in, not afraid to throw cash at the star talents. Joe Judge built a culture to excite Giants fans around the world and they should be in division contention for many years to come.