The Giants and Bengals also put in waiver claims on QB Zach Mettenberger.
The Chargers were awarded Mettenberger due to their worse 2015 record. The Bengals' claim is a bit surprising since they appear set with Andy Dalton and A.J. McCarron. The Giants have Ryan Nassib backing up Eli Manning. Both McCarron and Nassib have been involved in trade rumors, but nothing substantial.
ESPN's Vaughn McClure reports the Falcons will not sign free agent SCB Leon Hall.
Hall visited the Falcons last week. This news either means Hall's recovery from offseason back surgery is not going well or he has already agreed to terms with another team. The Giants are reportedly interested in bringing in veteran corner help, and Hall met with them after the draft.
NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan said "all signs still point" to the Giants bringing in a veteran slot corner.
Despite using a first-round pick on Eli Apple, the Giants are still looking for corner help. Free agent SCB Leon Hall visited New York after the draft and would make a lot of sense, but he is recovering from back surgery. He could be an option once he is closer to full health.
NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan hears "retired" RT Anthony Davis is "badly out of shape."
The Giants have been a rumored trade partner for Davis, who wants out of San Francisco if he unretires, so it makes sense that one of their beat writers would do some digging. It seemed like a formality Davis would rejoin the league earlier this offseason, but the closer we get to training camp the less likely it becomes. Davis might rather sit out another year than play for 49ers GM Trent Baalke.
Giants waived TE Jerome Cunningham.
They also cut ties with G.J. Kinne, who has played quarterback, wide receiver and most recently safety. Cunningham appeared in nine games for the Giants last season, but the healthy return of Larry Donnell (neck) and the sixth-round selection of Jerell Adams made him expendable. Only 25 (this month), Cunningham should latch on somewhere before training camp.
Free agent CB Leon Hall (back) is visiting the Giants on Tuesday.
This is an odd one considering the Giants just spent the No. 10 overall pick on Eli Apple, gave Janoris Jenkins a huge deal, and also have Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the roster. A team can never have enough corners, however, and Hall remains one of the best slot defenders in the league. Hall is recovering from surgery to repair a "disc injury" in his back.
Free agent S Antrel Rolle said he wants to return to the Giants.
Released by the Bears Sunday, Rolle would like to return to the team he won a Super Bowl with in 2011. The Giants need safety help, but it is not clear how interested they would be in the 33-year-old. New York appears content to let the young group of Nat Berhe, Mykkele Thompson, Bennett Jackson, and third-rounder Darian Thompson compete for the starting job opposite Landon Collins. Despite playing just seven games last season because of an ankle injury and sprained MCL, Rolle should be able to find a new home before training camp.
The New York Daily News' Gary Myers is hearing the Giants will "for sure" select an offensive tackle at No. 10 overall.
Per Myers, "that looks like (Michigan State OT) Jack Conklin." Giants GM Jerry Reese has not typically been a slave to need, but he may change things up this year with his job on the line. The G-Men were highly aggressive in free agency, and there is no guarantee they would be able to land a starting offensive tackle in the second or third round. In draft class that's much deeper on defense, they could conceivably get impact defenders on day two.
The New York Daily News reports Georgia LB Leonard Floyd is the Giants' top target at No. 10 overall.
A fast riser over the last month, Floyd might not be available when the Giants get on the clock, with the Bucs at No. 9 a rumored destination. If Floyd is there at 10, he would be a great pick for a defense that lacks playmakers at linebacker. The Giants could also look to shore up the right side of their offensive line with someone like Ohio State's Taylor Decker.
NJ.com reports the Giants are no longer considering UCLA LB Myles Jack for the 10th overall pick.
It's back to the drawing board for New York. The Giants were reportedly one of the few teams not concerned with Jack's knee but it appears they've had a change of heart. Jack's admission that he might need microfracture surgery at some point didn't help his cause. The Giants didn't work Jack out during the pre-draft process so maybe they were never that interested. Regardless, the team's decision to remove him from their board completely is a huge red flag. Jack may have to wait longer than expected to hear his name called Thursday night.
UCLA LB Myles Jack said he spoke with the Giants at the Combine but didn't visit or work out for them during the pre-draft process.
The Giants have been linked to Jack after reportedly approving his medical records, a significant development since some other teams haven't. Other than okaying his surgically-repaired knee, it doesn't sound like the Giants have had much contact with Jack. The Giants wouldn't be the first team to draft a player without working them out, but it does seem their interest has been overblown. Jack could go anywhere from the top five to later in the first round.
The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero reports the Dolphins would consider trading up for UCLA LB Myles Jack or Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott.
The Dolphins' interest in Elliott is well documented, but the Jack side of this report is interesting. With several teams reportedly turned off by the state of his knee, it has been rumored Jack could fall out of the top 10. MMQB's Peter King reported Monday the Giants are "OK" with Jack's knee, however, and it appears as if the Dolphins are comfortable with his medicals as well. If Miami wants to land Jack, they likely have to leapfrog New York at No. 10.
MMQB's Peter King "hears" the Giants believe UCLA LB Myles Jack's knee is "OK."
This is not a strong report, but it is the first bit of good news we have heard about Jack in a while. Teams are reportedly scared Jack will eventually require microfracture surgery on the knee he suffered a torn meniscus in last season, and there are reports those concerns could push him out of the top 10. The Giants pick at No. 10 on the dot and are in desperate need of playmakers at linebacker. If they are indeed "OK" with his knee, New York could represent Jack's floor.
Free agent DT Markus Kuhn will not re-sign with the Giants.
However, NJ.com reports Kuhn is expected to sign with a new team in "the next couple days." A 2012 seventh-rounder, Kuhn made nine starts for the G-Men last season, playing 320 sub-replacement level snaps.
The Giants hosted free agent OL Byron Stingily on Monday.
The Giants additionally hosted free agent OT Ben Ijalana, LB Kelvin Sheppard, and FB Will Johnson. Johnson was signed. Stingily, 27, spent time on the Titans and Steelers' rosters last year, but didn't play any snaps.
The Giants are hosting free agent LB Kelvin Sheppard on Monday.
Despite being credited with 105 tackles, Sheppard was highly ineffective as Miami's starting middle linebacker last year. The Giants need help inside, but Sheppard wouldn't fix their woes. He struggles in both run defense and coverage.
Free agent CB Jerraud Powers left his visit with the Giants without a deal.
Powers met with New York on Thursday and Friday, but the two sides did not come to an agreement. NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan reports "the door appears to remain open," but Powers will "explore other options." The Giants are looking for an upgrade at slot corner.
Free agent CB Jerraud Powers will visit the Giants on Thursday.
The G-Men are looking for a nickel corner behind starters Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins. Powers made 40 starts for the Cardinals over the past three seasons and would be an above-average pickup to cover the slot. He'd compete with incumbent Jayron Hosley for the gig.
Lions signed RT Geoff Schwartz, formerly of the Giants, to a one-year contract.
Schwartz can play both guard and tackle, but figures to step in at right tackle in Detroit if he can beat out Michael Ola. Last year's first-rounder Laken Tomlinson is locked in at left guard, while 2013 third-rounder Larry Warford mans right guard. Schwartz, 30 in July, needs to prove he can stay healthy after missing 19 starts in New York. If so, he's a very solid signing.
Raiders re-signed LT Donald Penn to a two-year, $14 million contract.
Penn was scheduled to hop on a plane Tuesday night and visit the Giants, but he never got on it as he and the Raiders came to terms. Penn never wanted to leave, even if all his leverage was gone when the Raiders signed G/T Kelechi Osemele. With Penn back in the fold, it appears Osemele will stick at his customary left guard position to open the season. The Raiders have the makings of one of the league's very best lines with LT Penn, LG Osemele, C Rodney Hudson, RG Gabe Jackson, and RT Austin Howard. Menelik Watson will compete with Howard after tearing his Achilles' last summer and missing all of the 2015 season.