New York Giants: 2014 Free Agency

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Jon Beason — unrestricted — As detailed in this GMENHQ piece from December 18th, the fanbase is infatuated with Beason’s leadership. He’s already expressed interest to remain a Giant for the duration and should come at a reasonable price tag.

Andre Brown — unrestricted — Between weeks 10 and 14 Brown ran 424 yards, 227 yards after contact and three scores. Does he possess starter level talent? Can he stay healthy? Both legitimate queries… but he provides a valuable security blanket.

Kevin Boothe — unrestricted — Boothe had a rough year rotating positions on a mash unit line. On a solidified unit, he’s an excellent run blocking LG.

Josh Brown — unrestricted — The pressure kicks were few and far between (if any), but Brown earned himself a short-term contract. He’s currently working on a streak of 19 consecutive successful FG’s.

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  • Joseph Bulger

    This ultra conservative, persistent, even obstinate organization is going to change less in 2014 than even the most loyal fans would want. Coughlin, Gilbride and Fewell will almost certainly be back. I’m thinking JR and Coughlin won’t deal with the O-line’s consistently mediocre play until after the 3rd round in the 2014 draft. That would mean next season’s starting line will be Beatty-Boothe-Baas-Snee-Pugh with Diehl, Mosley, Brewer and Cordle in reserve. They’ll convince themselves that 2013 was an aberration, and that the current line is a good enough. That denial will enable them to deal with some of your “Au Revoir” list by drafting CB Darqueze Dennard in the 1st and DT Anthony Johnson in the 2nd. I for one would be pleased if JR picked RB Carlos Hyde in the 3rd, because he can’t go into 2014 hoping Wilson’s neck and Brown’s legs hold up, and Cox doesn’t yet look to challenge. What they don’t or shouldn’t fix in the first few rounds of the draft they should address in FA. Ok, so they’ve got cap issues and they seldom spend big in FA. But maybe after a losing season with both JR and Coughlin feeling some heat, they’ll work roster cuts and restructuring Eli’s and Snee’s contracts. If they don’t draft a bona fide top tier CB like Dennard, JR would still upgrade by signing Vontae Davis to play opposite Prince. Nicks can’t be replaced by a rookie in 2014, so Marrio Manningham knows the complex route tree offense and Eli, and he hasn’t been used by the 49ers as he anticipated. They have enough underperforming draft prospects on the roster at TE already, so when they let Myers go they can bring in Jermichael Finley, who would also take Robinson and Donnell under his wing. Finally, while Jon Beason must be resigned, the Giants would do him a solid and upgrade the WILL by signing Wesley Woodyard away from Denver.