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The Giants are open to drafting Eli Manning's successor this year.

"I think we have to start thinking about it," co-owner John Mara said. "I think you always have to look at drafting a quarterback where you can." GM Jerry Reese attended UNC QB Mitch Trubisky's Pro Day, while coach Ben McAdoo has blamed the Giants' 2016 offensive woes on Manning. Quarterback won't be the most likely selection when the Giants are on the clock at No. 23, but they clearly aren't ruling it out. 2017 will be Manning's age-36 season.
Source: SNY
Mar 28 - 7:22 PM

Giants coach Ben McAdoo is undecided on if he will continue calling plays in 2017.

The Giants' play-caller the past three seasons, McAdoo's offense was stunningly ineffective his first year as head coach. OC Mike Sullivan has worked alongside McAdoo for the past two seasons, and called plays for the Bucs in 2012-13. Handing off play-calling duties could give the offense a jolt while allowing McAdoo more time to focus on the overall team.
Mar 28 - 6:03 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said free agent addition D.J. Fluker could play either guard or tackle.

Fluker profiles best at guard, and that's where he's expected to start out. Nevertheless, with RG John Jerry back in the fold, McAdoo is taking a wait-and-see approach with his offensive line, even allowing for the possibility that LG Justin Pugh is shifted back to right tackle.
Mar 28 - 5:55 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Giants coach Ben McAdoo said it was "too early" to discuss moving LG Justin Pugh back to tackle.

The Giants' left guard the past two seasons, Pugh spent the first two years of his career at right tackle. It's become a topic of discussion after the Giants signed D.J. Fluker and brought back John Jerry. Bobby Hart was ineffective at right tackle last season, but the G-Men could be leery of having their best lineman change positions once again.
Mar 28 - 5:38 PM

Shane Vereen agreed to reduce his base salary from $3.15 million to $2.15 million.

The details of the agreement are not available, but Vereen will likely be able to earn some of that money back via incentives. The Giants made it clear Vereen would return when they paid his $500,000 roster bonus earlier this month, but this move gives them some financial relief in the event he is not able to come back from tearing his triceps twice last season.
Mar 23 - 9:22 AM

Updating an earlier item, Giants WR/KR Dwayne Harris has agreed to a pay cut.

ESPN New York initially termed Harris' adjustment a "restructure." Harris' base salary was reduced from $2.475 million to $500,000, though in all he will make $1.1 million guaranteed. He can earn another $600,000 in incentives. That suggests his roster spot is safe despite a 2016 that saw him demoted on kick returns.
Mar 21 - 5:21 PM

Giants WR/KR Dwayne Harris has agreed to a restructured contract.

Harris agreed to slash his base salary from $2.475 million to $500,000, presumably converting the rest to a pro-rated bonus. Foolishly given a five-year, $17.5 million contract in 2015, Harris struggled as a return man last season, which is where he's supposed to derive most of his value.
Mar 21 - 4:50 PM

Giants signed RB Shaun Draughn, formerly of the 49ers.

It is a bit of an odd signing. Draughn has done his best work as a receiver throughout his career, and the Giants would seem to be set in that department with Shane Vereen returning. Draughn is quality depth, however, and his signing will not stop the Giants from addressing the position in the draft.
Mar 21 - 11:23 AM

Giants re-signed LB Keenan Robinson.

Robinson visited both the Bills and Bengals, but he will be back to compete for a starting role in New York. While he is an above-average athlete for the position, Robinson has been a below-average linebacker throughout his career. The Giants still have work to do.
Mar 20 - 10:37 PM

The Bills hosted free agent LB Keenan Robinson for a visit.

With thumpers Reggie Ragland and Preston Brown currently headlining their linebacker corps, the Bills are looking for speed for an outside spot. Robinson is an above-average athlete. He can play any of the three linebacker positions.
Mar 20 - 5:46 PM

Giants re-signed LB Mark Herzlich.

Herzlich primarily plays special teams for the G-Men.
Mar 20 - 5:16 PM

Giants signed CB Antwon "Valentino" Blake, formerly of the Titans.

Perennially one of the NFL's most-burnt corners, Blake keeps getting chances for reasons unbeknownst. Ideally for the G-Men, he won't make the final 53.
Mar 20 - 4:01 PM

Giants agreed to terms with QB Geno Smith, formerly of the Jets.

Smith may have had a chance to start in Cleveland but ultimately decided to stay in East Rutherford, where he'll serve as the backup to Eli Manning. The 26-year-old is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in Week 7 of last season.
Mar 17 - 11:47 AM

Giants signed DE Jason Pierre-Paul to a four-year, $62 million contract with $40 million guaranteed.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the deal includes a $20 million signing bonus and carries a max value of $66 million. The Giants placed the franchise tag on JPP last month to give them more time to hammer out a long-term deal and now the sides are putting pen to paper. Pierre-Paul was having a resurgent 2016 campaign before a hernia injury cut his season short. It feels like JPP has been around forever but he's still just 28. Inking Pierre-Paul long-term will reduce his cap hit, which could enable the Giants to bring back DT Johnathan Hankins.
Mar 17 - 11:34 AM

Giants re-signed QB Josh Johnson to a two-year contract.

Johnson served as the Giants' third-string QB last year behind Eli Manning and Ryan Nassib, who is now a free agent. The former fifth-round pick hasn't taken an NFL snap since 2013. This may take the Giants out of the running for Geno Smith, who visited last week.
Mar 17 - 10:46 AM

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