Free agent S Kenny Phillips admits his playing career is over.
"It wasn’t tough to come to grips with it because physically I can’t," Phillips said. "It wasn’t like, ‘OK you’re not good enough.’ Physically it hurts to do this and it hurts to do that. It was a like a no-brainer." Phillips was a 2008 first-rounder of the Giants and spent five seasons with them, winning a Super Bowl. He also signed contracts with the Eagles and Saints, but was never the same due to numerous severe knee injuries. Phillips has returned to college at Miami.
NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan believes it is "highly unlikely" the Giants sign free agent SCB Leon Hall (back).
Raanan speculates he will land with the Cardinals or re-sign with the Bengals. With their top three -- Janoris Jenkins, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and rookie Eli Apple -- better fits on the outside, the Giants could still use some help in the slot. They will likely add a veteran at some point. Hall is still recovering from offseason back surgery.
NJ.com reports the Giants' "bridge" with free agent OT Will Beatty is "pretty much burned."
Per reporter Jordan Raanan, Beatty would "only return if he had no other options." On the other side of the coin, Raanan reports the Giants are concerned by "what they perceived as a lack of desire." The G-Men need help/depth opposite LT Ereck Flowers, but aren't treating it as an urgent matter. Beatty has made no known visits in free agency since his February release.
NJ.com reports free agent OT Eugene Monroe is still in play for the Giants.
Monroe would have to play right tackle in the Big Apple, and seems likely to exhaust his potential options on the left side before seriously considering the G-Men. Monroe drew a flurry of preliminary interest when he hit the open market earlier this month, but it's been mostly silent over the past 10 days. With camp a month away, Monroe can take his time and use what little leverage he has.
ESPN New York reports free agent Eugene Monroe is open to playing right tackle.
A previous report said Monroe turned down the Giants because he only wants to play left tackle. With over a month until training camp, Monroe is taking his time before signing. The 49ers, Panthers, and Seattle have all been linked to Monroe.
Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports free agent LT Eugene Monroe turned down an offer from the Giants to play right tackle and isn't willing to play the position.
Monroe is in "no rush" to sign now that OTAs and minicamps are over, leaving five weeks until training camps open. But the 29-year-old is adamant at staying on the left side. Cole mentions the Seahawks and Panthers as options for Monroe, specifically if Carolina wants to move Michael Oher to right tackle. After signing Oher to an extension Friday, we doubt that's the case. Monroe's best fit right now from a position and scheme standpoint would be Seattle.
ESPN's Josina Anderson reports the 49ers have "preliminary interest" in free agent Eugene Monroe, and that the Seahawks have "discussed him."
Anderson also reports that Monroe's "preference" is to stay at left tackle. It's a good thing it's only his preference, and not demand, as right tackle is a distinct possibility. The Giants appear to be in the lead for Monroe's services. He would be in the mix on the blindside in New York, though the job could still fall to Ereck Flowers. Seattle has by far the biggest need of the three teams mentioned.
The New York Daily News confirms the Giants are trying to sign free agent Eugene Monroe.
It's not the least bit surprising after the Giants engaged in trade talks with the Ravens prior to Wednesday's release. The G-Men have the weakest right side of the offensive line in the league. They could kick Ereck Flowers over to shore up right tackle, or ask Monroe to play the position, bookending LT Flowers. A source familiar with Monroe's plans told the NY Daily News he is in "no rush" to sign with a team, but the Giants believe they have a "decent chance" of landing Monroe now that he's an unrestricted free agent.
Ravens released LT Eugene Monroe.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Ravens were talking a Monroe trade with the Giants, but the deal fell through, and Baltimore has decided to release the eight-year veteran. The G-Men have an obvious need with replacement-talent veteran Marshall Newhouse currently manning right tackle and second-year LT Ereck Flowers coming off a bad pass-protecting season. Schefter mentions the Giants, Chargers, and Seahawks as possible landing spots for Monroe, who lost his job in Baltimore after the Ravens drafted LT Ronnie Stanley at No. 6 overall. Monroe has missed 15 games due to injury over the past two seasons.
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.