Player News - Giants

Date: Team: Pos:

Giants re-signed exclusive rights free agent TE Will Tye to a one-year, $615,000 contract.

The Giants have now wrapped up their ERFA class and have chosen not to tender offers to WR Ben Edwards or FB/DT Nikita Whitlock. Tye emerged as the Giants' No. 1 tight end this season, making 10 starts and catching 48 balls for 395 yards and one touchdown. Upgrading the position will be a priority for GM Jerry Reese. Tye is a one-dimensional pass catcher-only.
Feb 15 - 9:35 AM

Giants re-signed NT Robert Thomas to one-year, $540,000 contract.

Thomas was an exclusive rights free agent. The run plugger appeared in eight games in 2016.
Feb 14 - 5:13 PM

Giants re-signed TE Matt LaCosse to a one-year contract.

LaCosse was an exclusive rights free agent. The tight end missed all of 2016 with a knee injury, but he was in the mix for the starting job before going down. Unless the Giants add someone this offseason, he should again compete with Will Tye, also an ERFA, for playing time.
Source: ESPN
Feb 14 - 10:46 AM

NJ Advance Media's James Kratch wrote Paul Perkins is the Giants' "clear-cut No. 1 running back" following the release of Rashad Jennings.

Perkins played well down the stretch as a rookie, jumping Jennings on the depth chart by the end of the season, and enters the spring at the No. 1 runner. The Giants are certain to add another back in free agency or the draft, however, and Shane Vereen should have a role if he is retained. While Perkins is the lead back right now, it is tough to see him escaping a committee in 2017.
Feb 14 - 9:43 AM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Giants will "make a legitimate run" at impending free agent DE Jason Pierre-Paul "in the coming days and weeks."

"They will try and get a deal done before he can potentially hit the free agent market," Garafolo continued. The Giants created $10 million in cap space by cutting Victor Cruz and Rashad Jennings on Monday, and they can create even more by getting rid of J.T. Thomas and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The Giants have already invested a significant chunk of cap space in a defensive line which boasts big-money free agents Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison, but they should have the money to re-sign JPP if they so choose.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 13 - 10:25 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Giants will move on from free agent TE Larry Donnell.

It's not a surprise after Donnell lost his starting job to Will Tye, who wasn't very good in his own right. Donnell exploded for four touchdown catches in the first four games of the 2014 season, but he caught just five TDs over the ensuing 34 contests and was a consistent liability as a blocker. Donnell does have some red-zone chops, but he won't receive starter money on the open market.
Feb 13 - 4:39 PM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan expects Shane Vereen (triceps) to remain with the Giants "barring any serious concerns about his arm."

Vereen tore his triceps twice in 2016, although it is possible the second tear was the result of rushing back from the first injury. The Giants should look to remake their backfield this offseason, but Vereen will be a useful piece to keep around if he is healthy. Vereen is set to count $4.9 million against the cap in the final year of his deal, and the Giants can save $3.75 million of that by cutting him.
Source: ESPN
Feb 9 - 12:10 PM

ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan believes CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie "played his way" onto the 2017 roster.

There was speculation the Giants might move on from Rodgers-Cromartie due to his $8.5 million cap charge, but he was outstanding in 2016 even while playing a decent share of his snaps in the slot, where he struggled previously in his career. Still, Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple are the future on the outside, and DRC is not an ideal option inside. It would not be surprising if DRC got cut.
Source: ESPN
Feb 9 - 12:03 PM

Giants re-signed DC Steve Spagnuolo to a two-year extension through 2018.

His contract ran dry after the Super Bowl, and both sides were obviously interested in keeping this thing going. Spagnuolo rejoined the Giants as defensive boss prior to the 2015 season. With the additions of RE Olivier Vernon, DT Damon Harrison, and CB Janoris Jenkins on top of LE Jason Pierre-Paul being healthy, the Giants finished No. 2 in team defense DVOA, checking in at No. 4 against the pass and No. 3 versus the run. SS Landon Collins was also a big part.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 8 - 3:59 PM

James Kratch of NJ Advance Media believes the Giants will cut LB J.T. Thomas.

Thomas is owed $3 million in salary and bonuses, and the Giants can save all of that against the cap by releasing him. Signed to a three-year, $10-million contract before the 2015 season, Thomas lost his starting job during training camp before suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 1. It will be a surprise if he is still on the roster when free agency opens in March.
Feb 7 - 9:52 AM

Giants signed OT Michael Bowie to a reserve/future contract.

The signing occurred two weeks ago, but we find it notable. The former Seahawks draft pick started nine games as a 2013 rookie before injuries sent his career off the rails. He spent a couple years in Cleveland but could never get healthy and actually stepped away from the game back in August. Bowie is ready to attempt a comeback, and tackle is one of the Giants' bigger needs.
Jan 24 - 6:39 PM

Giants signed C Khaled Holmes to a reserve/future contract.

Holmes spent this year out of the league after signing with Chicago in the preseason. He made seven starts with the Colts in 2015. Holmes will compete for a depth role on the interior line.
Jan 18 - 5:32 PM

NJ Advance Media's Dan Duggan reports the Giants believe 2016 fourth-rounder B.J. Goodson can take over middle linebacker duties next season.

Kelvin Sheppard was the Giants' MIKE this season, playing 451 snaps, but graded out as Pro Football Focus' fourth-worst inside linebacker out of 59 qualifiers. He was particularly bad against the run and will be a free agent. The Giants' main goal on defense should be to upgrade their linebacker play. Goodson played just 13 snaps as a rookie but is viewed as a solid run defender.
Jan 16 - 9:26 AM

Impending free agent Larry Donnell is hoping to be back with the Giants next season.

"It would be an honor," said Donnell. "I started here. I'd love to finish here." Donnell played scarcely this year while falling behind Will Tye on the tight end depth chart. He didn't catch a pass after Week 7 and was only targeted once over his final eight games. The Giants seem likely to move on.
Source: NJ.com
Jan 15 - 10:26 AM

Impending free agent WLB Keenan Robinson wants to re-sign with the Giants.

Signed to a one-year deal last offseason, Robinson appeared in all 17 games, but graded out as Pro Football Focus' worst 4-3 outside linebacker, receiving poor marks both against the run and in pass coverage. The Giants had a dominant defense in 2016, but they need to upgrade at the linebacker spots.
Jan 13 - 10:30 AM


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