Age: 35 (12/12/1981)
Experience: 11 Seasons
Previous Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Andrew Whitworth has been one of the Top 10 offensive tackles in the NFL for what seems like his entire career. Even at 35 years of age, the Cincinnati Bengals lifer is close to flawless in pass protection and is active and consistent when blocking for the run.
If the New York Giants are looking for a low-risk option to help in the short-term, then there isn’t a better tackle to target than Whitworth.
Whitworth is the one of just two tackles worth signing, which further establishes why the Giants should show legitimate interest in signing him. He’s a fundamentally polished player with a relentless motor and the leadership skills that every team covets.
Andy Dalton has benefited greatly from the time in the pocket that Whitworth has provided him with, and the Bengals’ rotation of running backs have reaped the benefits, as well.
Father time is undefeated, and for that reason, the 35-year-old Whitworth could prove too risky for a long-term deal. He’s a high-character player with a tremendous work ethic, however, and his execution in both pass and run protection is legitimately elite.
For a team that’s relying on an erratic Ereck Flowers to protect Eli Manning’s blindside, the Giants couldn’t possibly justify not at least meeting with Whitworth.