ESPN's Dan Graziano reports free agent Osi Umenyiora is preparing to retire.
Per Graziano, Umenyiora and the G-Men are discussing a "ceremonial one-day contract so he can retire a Giant." Umenyiora had previously said he had "zero" plans to retire, but he's been greeted by crickets in free agency. Going on 34, Umenyiora could muster just 2.5 sacks in 347 snaps for the Falcons last season. Umenyiora spent 2003-12 with the Giants.
Giants waived WR Marcus Harris and S Justin Currie.
Harris caught nine passes for 93 yards last preseason before injuring his shoulder and missing the entire season. In addition to the sprained AC joint in his shoulder, Harris also required hip and knee surgeries over the past year. The fourth-year UDFA out of Murray State missed much of the offseason program.
ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Giants are expected to sign former Ravens S Jeromy Miles.
Miles didn't generate much interest during the free agency period despite putting together a solid season in 2014. He was particularly strong in coverage, receiving PFF's 14th-highest grade among 87 qualifiers at safety. The 27-year-old also contributes on special teams. Nat Berhe and rookie Landon Collins are expected to open the season as the Giants' starting safeties.
Free agent WR James Jones mentioned the Chiefs, Giants, Jaguars, and Seahawks as teams that "fit me."
The Chiefs, Giants, and Seahawks had already been linked to Jones. The Jags would be an interesting fit, as they've seemingly been interested in adding a veteran receiver all offseason, first targeting Randall Cobb before making a run at Greg Jennings. Jones played for new Jaguars OC Greg Olson last year.
The player rep for free agent WR James Jones said the Chiefs, Giants and Seahawks made preliminary inquiries in May.
We haven't heard about any formal visits for Jones since he was released immediately following the draft. He's still just 31 years old, but was never able to cleanly separate and only became a "thing" because of Aaron Rodgers. We're still not certain Jones will even get a shot to prove himself at a training camp, but he wants one. "I'm not retiring. I still want to play. If you need a receiver, come get me," he said.
Free agent LT Jake Long is considered "still in the picture" for the Giants.
The Giants hosted Long for a free agent visit late last month, and haven't ruled out signing him. There is suddenly a potential market for the injury-riddled Long, however, after both the Broncos and Giants lost their left tackles during OTAs. Long is taking his time coming off a second consecutive ACL tear. He is likely also hoping to land a deal with guaranteed money.
The Giants are in "no real rush" to sign free agent OT Jake Long.
FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo characterizes Long's Thursday visit as an "intro to the team/check on his rehab." Long is just seven months removed from re-tearing his right ACL. If he signs with the G-Men, it could be closer to camp after he's had more time to rehab. Camp is still two months away.
Free agent OT Jake Long visited the Giants on Thursday.
Long's visit, his first since being released by the Rams in March, comes six days after the Newark Star-Ledger reported the Giants might be interested. The G-Men need another body at tackle after LT Will Beatty tore his pec earlier this month. He's a big name, but injuries have rendered Long a shell of his former self. He turned 30 earlier in May.
The Newark Star-Ledger believes the Giants could have interest in free agent OT Jake Long.
The Giants are looking to add offensive line depth after losing LT Will Beatty to a torn pectoral. Long’s career has been derailed by consecutive torn ACLs, but he could provide a veteran stopgap if healthy. Seven months removed from surgery, Long should be limited to non-guaranteed deals.
Giants released/waived RB Chris Ogbonnaya, LB James Davidson and S Thomas Gordon.
Ogbonnaya re-signed for a one-year, $770,000 contract in March, but is getting cut loose just two months later. The seven-year veteran rushed 14 times for 50 yards (3.6 YPC) for the Panthers last season, but didn't get the ball in two games for the G-Men. Ogbonnaya turned 29 earlier this month.
Giants waived LB Terrell Manning.
Manning appeared in four games between the Bears and Giants last season. The 2012 sixth-rounder is running out of time in the league.
Giants released WR Kevin Ogletree.
Going on 28, Ogletree caught five passes in seven games for the G-Men last season. He has 26 total grabs since his flash-in-the-pan 2012. He could latch on as a camp body somewhere in the next two months.
NJ.com's Jordan Raanan said the Giants are "in the mix" for LSU G/T La'El Collins.
Collins has a connection to Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr., having played with him at LSU. Now that Collins is not a suspect in the murder of his ex-girlfriend, teams are lining up for his services. Despite taking two offensive linemen in last week's draft, it remains an area of need for the Giants. The first-team All-SEC selection has also been pursued by the Bills, Bucs, Chargers and Dolphins.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, there's a "very real possibility" that Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon could be drafted by the Giants at No. 9.
The reporter is Bob McGinn, whose mock draft still sends Iowa T/G Brandon Scherff to the Giants. However, there is a possibility Scherff could be taken before the Giants go on the board, which might put Gordon into play at No. 9. We wouldn't bet on this happening, but also wouldn't fully rule it out.
SI's Peter King says there's a "love-fest" around the league for Miami T/G Ereck Flowers.
"He will not fail," one club official told King. "He is all ball. Don’t know if he’ll make many Pro Bowls, but he will play at a good level for years. To me, he’s a sure thing." Flowers has been linked heavily to the line-needy Giants at No. 9.
TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports the Giants are "targeting" Stanford OT Andrus Peat.
Pauline has previously reported Peat "won't get past" the Rams at No. 10. The G-Men pick at No. 9. Peat's presence in New York would almost certainly mean Justin Pugh is shifted to guard.
Giants waived RB Michael Cox.
Cox notched four carries last season before landing on injured reserve with a broken leg. He may not be back to full health after going down in November. A 2013 seventh-rounder, Cox has averaged a measly 2.9 yards on 26 career carries.
"Several Giants sources" insist the team will give "strong consideration" to drafting a wide receiver if the right one falls to No. 9 overall.
The "right ones" would presumably be Alabama's Amari Cooper and West Virginia's Kevin White. An offensive lineman at No. 9 still seems most likely, whether it be Iowa's Brandon Scherff, Stanford's Andrus Peat, or Miami's Ereck Flowers. Still, the fact that GM Jerry Reese isn't a "needs drafter" leaves open the possibility of the Giants addressing any position in the first round.
ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes the Giants will "most likely" draft an offensive lineman with the No. 9 overall pick.
Iowa G/T Brandon Scherff would be the best option for the Giants. Scherff is a versatile lineman who could start immediately either at left guard or right tackle, allowing current RT Justin Pugh to kick inside to his more natural guard position. Graziano also mentioned Miami T Ereck Flowers as a possibility.
ESPN Giants reporter Dan Graziano believes the Giants could move up if Florida edge rusher Dante Fowler or USC DL Leonard Williams falls out of the top four picks.
They Giants need impact players on defense, and both Fowler and Williams would fit the bill. It is also not a stretch one or even both could fall down the board. With quarterbacks expected to occupy the first two picks and both Jacksonville and Oakland considering wide receivers, there is a chance both Fowler and Williams could be on the board when the Redskins are on the clock at No. 5. The Giants would likely have to pay a steep price to get the pick out of Washington's hands in that scenario, but it is not out of the question.