The New York Post reports there’s a "good shot" free agent DT Johnathan Hankins re-signs with the Giants.
Hankins is holding out for a multi-year contract, but hasn't come close to his $8 million-plus asking price. The Giants cleared some cap space after extending Jason Pierre-Paul ($9 million) and getting pay cuts from Dwayne Harris and Shane Vereen. Returning on a prove-it deal could be Hankins' best chance at cashing in next offseason.
ESPN's Dan Graziano reports the Giants aren't interested in re-signing free agent Victor Cruz.
Cruz hasn't generated any interest since visiting the Panthers back in February. He may have to wait until after the draft to sign with a team.
ESPN's Jordan Raanan reports there has been increased "optimism" free agent DT Johnathan Hankins will re-sign with the Giants.
Hankins is the top defensive lineman left on the market, but he has not found much interest. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Giants have a standing offer on the table, but "they want an answer" soon. Hankins' best option might be to take a one-year contract and try again next spring.
Steelers signed CB Coty Sensabaugh, formerly of the Giants, to a two-year contract.
The ex-Titan signed a "three-year deal" with the Rams last year, but was cut loose a few weeks into the regular season. He latched on with the Giants three days later, and contributed replacement-level snaps down the stretch. He's a depth piece who will be afforded the benefit of the doubt with regards to cracking the 53-man roster in Pittsburgh. He'll be a candidate to man the slot.
The Giants are interested in re-signing free agent CB Coty Sensabaugh.
Sensabaugh is visiting the Steelers on Monday. Sensabaugh washed out with the Rams and Ravens last season, but ended up playing a decent amount of snaps across 10 games as a Giant. 2017 will be his age-29 season.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports free agent DT Jared Odrick is "one to watch" for the Giants if they can't re-sign Johnathan Hankins.
Odrick has made one visit -- with the Patriots -- since he was cut by the Jaguars in February. The 29-year-old was released with the "failed physical" designation but reportedly passed his exam with New England. The Giants have a standing offer on the table for Hankins and want an answer from him.
ESPN's Jordan Raanan believes there's a "50-50" chance of the Giants re-signing free agent DT Johnathan Hankins.
Even with Bennie Logan and Dontari Poe off the market, Hankins continues to draw little interest. Ranaan believes that every day that he remains unsigned, Hankins has a better chance of returning to New York. The Giants don't have a ton of spending money, but they did receive some cap relief last week when they signed Jason Pierre-Paul to a long-term contract. In all likelihood, Hankins will have to settle for a one-year prove-it deal.
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports some teams don't consider free agent DT Johnathan Hankins an impact player.
It explains why teams haven't met his asking price. Hankins is holding out for a multi-year deal at $8-plus million annually, but that's unlikely to happen in the second wave of free agency. Miami and the Giants are the only teams connected to Hankins at this point. Hankins may ultimately have to settle for a prove-it deal.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers and Browns "have interest" in free agent Geno Smith.
RapSheet added Smith's visit with the Giants over the weekend "went extremely well." Of the three links, the Browns are the only team where Smith would have the opportunity to compete for a starting job. With Geno recovering from an October ACL tear, teams will likely want to see how his rehab is progressing before really kicking the tires.
Art Stapleton of The Record reports free agent Geno Smith will visit the Giants on Saturday.
Smith, of course, just finished a tumultuous run with the Jets. The Giants need to find a capable backup behind Eli Manning, but they also need to look toward the future with Manning clearly in his decline phase. Unless they think Smith has untapped potential, they would be better served turning to the draft.
Raiders signed OT Marshall Newhouse, formerly of the Giants, to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.
The Giants' No. 3 tackle last season, Newhouse should slide into the same role in Oakland. He's a replacement for Menelik Watson, who has departed for the Broncos. Newhouse provides insurance for RT Austin Howard, who is rehabbing from serious shoulder surgery.
Free agent OG D.J. Fluker is scheduled to visit the Giants.
ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan has also heard the Patriots "have strong interest" in Fluker. Fluker has largely underachieved as the 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft, but he offers tackle-guard flexibility and is only 26 years old. At very worst, he could be a useful swing reserve in New York or Foxboro.
Giants released FB Will Johnson.
The Giants signed versatile H-back Rhett Ellison to replace Johnson.
49ers signed K Robbie Gould, formerly of the Giants, on a two-year, $4 million contract with $1 million guaranteed.
The Giants apparently didn't make much of an effort to re-sign Gould, who announced he was testing the market earlier this week. Signed midway through last season, Gould converted all 12 of his field goals and 21-of-24 extra points.
Giants signed TE Rhett Ellison, formerly of the Vikings, to a four-year, $18 million contract with $8 million guaranteed.
Ellison logged 260 snaps for the Vikings last season, mostly seeing time as a blocker. Will Tye was an absolutely atrocious blocker for the Giants last year, so Ellison should help in that respect. The G-Men needed some depth at tight end after letting Larry Donnell walk in free agency.
Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun passes along "rumblings" connecting free agent NT Brandon Williams to the Giants.
A 6-foot-1, 335-pound space eater, Williams would replace free agent Johnathan Hankins in New York and give the G-Men a mammoth interior alongside 6-foot-3, 339-pound Damon "Snacks" Harrison. Neither Williams nor Harrison is a high-impact pass rusher, but the Giants frequently rotate their defensive ends inside in sub-packages. Williams is expected to command around $10 million annually.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports, in addition to the Patriots, the Giants, Jaguars, and Bills are "in on" free agent Martellus Bennett.
Bennett played for new Jaguars EVP Tom Coughlin with the Giants in 2012 before parlaying that one-year deal into a multi-year one with the Bears. Jacksonville has an opening at tight end after trading Julius Thomas to Miami, and Bennett would fit better as the more rugged blocker. It's hard to see the money working with the Giants, who just signed Brandon Marshall. The same goes for the Bills. They'd likely consider moving on from Charles Clay if signing Bennett.
Troy Renck of Denver 7 reports free agent LT Russell Okung is drawing interest from the Panthers and Giants.
That is in addition to the Broncos, who have not closed the door on bringing Okung back despite declining to pick up his option last month. Both landing spots make a lot of sense. The Panthers have to find a replacement for Michael Oher, whose career may be over due to concussions, and the Giants are likely looking to move 2015 first-rounder Ereck Flowers to the right side. Okung could command $10-12 million per year on his next deal.
The New York Post reports the Jets and Giants are interested in free agent TE Anthony Fasano.
Fasano is one of the league's better run blockers. It's a need for both New York teams. Fasano turns 33 next month.
The Giants will not tender an offer sheet to restricted free agent Orleans Darkwa.
All it really means is that the Giants have decided Darkwa isn't worth the "low" tender of $1.797 million. Darkwa could still come back on a cheaper deal. Recovering from a leg injury, Darkwa is expected to be ready for OTAs. At best, he's a reserve role player.