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.
NJ.com's Jordan Raanan predicts Miami T/G Ereck Flowers will be the Giants' pick at No. 9 overall.
Raanan says he'd fully expect the Giants to draft Clemson OLB/DE Vic Beasley if he lasts to No. 9, but doesn't anticipate Beasley making it there. Flowers would add run-blocking prowess to New York's offensive line, but is a major work in progress as a pass protector. He's best suited to play guard.
TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline reports Stanford OT Andrus Peat will be a top-10 pick.
Per Pauline, Peat "won't get past the Rams" at No. 10. Chatter coming out of St. Louis recently has the Rams really liking Peat, who would likely start immediately at left tackle, pushing Greg Robinson back inside to left guard with Rodger Saffold at right guard. Peat could also go to the Giants at No. 9.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free agent S Stevie Brown is considering "5-6 offers" and should make his decision "soon."
Schefter lists the Giants, Cowboys, Falcons, Raiders and Titans as interested teams, but there could be a surprise organization lurking. Brown struggled last season after missing 2013 with an ACL tear, but he was solid in 11 starts with the Giants in 2012. The Giants are desperate for safety help after striking out in free agency.
West Virginia WR Kevin White has upcoming visits scheduled with the Jets, Rams, Bears, and Giants.
As of a few weeks ago, White had made just one pre-draft visit -- to the Titans. He's now getting more looks from teams drafting high. A case could be made for any team inside the top 10 to take White, aside from the Bucs at No. 1. White (6'3/215) figures to make an immediate impact racking up post-catch yards. He's drawn Terrell Owens comparisons from NFL Films' Greg Cosell.
Free agent CB Zackary Bowman is visiting the Dolphins Monday.
Bowman appeared in all 16 games for the Giants last season and all 16 for the Bears before that. The seven-year veteran reserve may actually have a chance to start if he signs with the Dolphins, as Jamar Taylor is currently penciled in opposite Brent Grimes.
Dolphins agreed to terms with LB Spencer Paysinger, formerly of the Giants, on a one-year contract.
A reserve linebacker and special teamer, Paysinger will theoretically be tasked with replacing Jason Trusnik, who signed with the Panthers on Tuesday. Paysinger appeared in 15 games last season, but played just 81 snaps on defense.
Dolphins signed C J.D. Walton, formerly of the Giants.
Walton started all 16 games last season, but was among the game's worst centers. He'll back up Mike Pouncey in Miami. Walton turns 28 next week.
Free agent DE George Selvie will visit the Giants on Thursday.
Selvie's market is heating up as teams prepare to shop for bargains. He's also drawn interest from the Bucs and Vikings. Selvie had three sacks last season.