Free agent S Will Hill has signed with the Arena League's Arizona Rattlers.
Hill was suspended six games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy last week, and was waived by the Giants on Monday. He'll stay fresh in the Arena League until he's able to return to the NFL in Week 7. Despite all the off-field issues, we'd be surprised if Hill's NFL career is over. He's 24 years old.
Free agent TE Tom Crabtree will work out for the Giants next week.
The Giants have one of the league's more unsettled tight end corps, but Crabtree would be a pure reserve. He caught only four passes in seven games for the Bucs last season before landing on injured reserve with a torn biceps.
Giants waived S Will Hill.
As beat writer Jordan Raanan notes, the Giants simply can't trust Hill to make the right decisions. He's been suspended three times since entering the league in 2012, including a six-game ban this year for another violation of the substance abuse policy. They'll roll with Stevie Brown at free safety and Antrel Rolle at strong safety. Hill's very significant on-field ability will make him a worthwhile risk for a team just in case he ever gets his head on straight. He was Pro Football Focus' No. 2 overall safety last season.
Giants released QB Josh Freeman.
He lasted just six weeks with the team. Freeman was never a good fit for new Giants OC Ben McAdoo's quick-hitting West Coast offense in the first place. The G-Men will move forward with Ryan Nassib and Curtis Painter behind Eli Manning, who recovered ahead of schedule from ankle surgery and is taking part in OTAs. Still only 26 years old, Freeman is just two seasons removed from a 27:17 TD-to-INT ratio campaign with the Buccaneers. Off-field and work-ethic question marks threaten to torpedo Freeman's once-promising NFL career.
The Newark Star-Ledger believes the Giants have "at least reached out" to free agent Jermichael Finley.
The sides have not scheduled a visit, however. Speaking Thursday, Finley's agent said his client had been fully cleared from his neck injury, but we'd expect prospective employers to have a higher threshold for "full" clearance. Finley doesn't appear to be on the verge of signing a contract.
Jaguars claimed LB Allen Bradford off waivers from the Giants.
Although Bradford is coming from the Giants, he's another cog in the Jaguars' Seahawks pipeline, as Bradford spent 2011-12 in Seattle under coach Gus Bradley. He appeared in nine games last season, registering four tackles. He'll try to earn a spot on special teams in Jacksonville.
Giants waived/released QB Rusty Smith, LB Allen Bradford, CB Junior Mertile and P Jordan Gay.
Smith made it just two weeks in the Big Apple. A 2010 sixth-rounder, Smith has attempted only 45 career passes, 40 of which came in 2010. He's nearing the end of the line. Bradford appeared in nine games for the Giants last season, registering four tackles.
A person with "knowledge of the team's draft philosophy" told NJ.com the Giants would "seriously consider" Johnny Manziel if he slipped to No. 12.
Giants GM Jerry Reese is an ardent believer in best-player-available strategy. Reporter Jordan Raanan admits, however, that the Giants "could be feigning interest" in Johnny Football "to coax a trade from a team that wants to move up to No. 12 for Manziel." The takeaway from this report is essentially that we know little about NFL teams' draft plans. We also doubt Manziel will be a Giant.
Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports teams are souring on North Carolina TE Eric Ebron due to his "high maintenance sort of personality."
Pauline specifically mentioned the Giants, one of the league's tight end-neediest teams, at No. 12 overall as a club backing off Ebron. "He's a me type of player and he always has been," Pauline continued. "He's a me type of person on the field and off the field. He's the kind of guy that was complaining when he didn't feel he was getting the ball enough. He's not well liked by all of his teammates." Tis the season to pick apart prospects any way possible, and Ebron appears to be that guy right now. He should still be an early-to-mid first-rounder.
The Newark Star-Ledger believes Michigan OT Taylor Lewan can be "eliminated from consideration completely" at No. 12 overall where the Giants pick in next week's draft.
Lewan was charged with three misdemeanors for his role in an alleged December assault after he was mixing it up with some Ohio State fans. GM Jerry Reese said the Giants are looking for the "cleanest guy possible" in the first round. We doubt Lewan will be available at No. 12 anyway, but they're believed to be higher on Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin due to his versatility.
Falcons signed TE Bear Pascoe, formerly of the Giants.
A pure blocker, Pascoe caught 12 passes in 16 games last season. He'll have a decent shot at cracking the 53-man roster, but as was the case in New York, will have no fantasy value.
The Newark Star-Ledger reports the Giants are "extremely high" on Notre Dame G/T Zack Martin.
The same can not be said for North Carolina TE Eric Ebron. Beat writer Jordan Raanan pegs Martin as the most likely pick for the Giants if they stay at No. 12 overall. The team reportedly prefers Martin over Michigan OT Taylor Lewan, who some call the best tackle in this year's class. Martin can play every position on the line save center and would likely play right tackle or guard in New York.
Giants agreed to terms with QB Josh Freeman on a one-year, $795,000 contract.
Matt Flynn chose to sign with the Packers, so the Giants go with Freeman as an offseason and camp arm. As long as Eli Manning's ankle heals as expected, it's possible Freeman won't even stick with the team into the regular season as Curtis Painter and Ryan Nassib are already on the roster. The Giants typically carry just two quarterbacks. Freeman has the arm talent to win that No. 2 job, but he's going to have to earn his spot after getting dumped by the Bucs and then lasting one game as the Vikings starter last season.
Free agent DT Kevin Williams has left his Giants visit without a contract.
"Had a good visit and gonna see what happens," Williams said. Going on 34, the G-Men were Williams' first visit. The fact that he's leaving the Big Apple without a deal is an indication his price needs to come down.
Updating a previous item, free agent QB Matt Flynn will not work out for the Giants on Tuesday.
It was previously reported that Flynn was going to join fellow free agent Josh Freeman in the Meadowlands on Tuesday, but Flynn is not taking part for unknown reasons. There may have never been a visit scheduled in the first place. Flynn's best bet is to return to Green Bay on a minimum deal.
ESPN New York doesn't expect the Giants to make a serious run at free agent Sidney Rice.
Rice was linked to the Giants, along with the Panthers, Seahawks, and Saints, by Profootballtalk on Monday. The G-Men could get involved if Rice's market is colder than expected, but they're not looking to dish out much cash. The Giants could use a No. 2/3 receiver type, but they're not in dire need of one with Rueben Randle and Jerrel Jernigan ready to take the next step behind Victor Cruz.
Free agent DT Kevin Williams is visiting the Giants.
Williams flew into New York on Monday night and had dinner with the Giants' defensive line coach. He'll continue his visit, his first of free agency, on Tuesday. Williams spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Vikings and was once considered one of the top three-techniques in the game. Our top free-agent defensive tackle left, Williams would give the G-Men another veteran presence.
Free agent WR LaRon Byrd will work out for the Giants on Tuesday.
Byrd, 24, wasn't having a great summer before suffering a concussion in July and spending the season on injured reserve. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound product from Miami (FL) turned heads two camps ago and tends to look good in shorts.
A league source tells Profootballtalk.com free agent Sidney Rice (ACL surgery) has been cleared for football activities.
He got cleared by Dr. James Andrews. PFT's Mike Florio reports the Seahawks, Giants, Saints, and Panthers all have "interest of some degree" in Rice, who has been incredibly injury prone in recent seasons but is still only 27 years old. He played college football at South Carolina and would be an excellent fit with the Panthers. Long-armed Rice has always possessed a large catch radius, which would complement Cam Newton's somewhat erratic ball placement.
Free agent QB Matt Flynn is expected to work out for the Giants Tuesday.
Flynn and fellow free agent Josh Freeman are both getting a look from the G-Men this week. One will likely be signed as an offseason/camp arm, especially in light of Eli Manning's ankle surgery. They'd compete with Curtis Painter for a roster spot behind developmental option Ryan Nassib.