So far the New York Giants have not made much noise in free agency.
In fact, NFL free agency has already sapped a couple of erstwhile starters from the roster of the New York Giants. In addition to safety Landon Collins, who signed a record deal with the Washington Redskins, the team lost guard Jamon Brown to the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday.
Brown was a mid-season waiver acquisition by Big Blue, and he immediately slotted into the right guard position after being snagged by the G-Men in October 2018.
Originally, Brown was likely headed back to the New York Giants, that is until Big Blue pulled the trigger on a trade to pry fellow guard Kevin Zeitler away from the Cleveland Browns. The G-Men sent disappointing edge rusher Olivier Vernon to Cleveland in the deal.
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Per the Louisville Courier Journal:
“I enjoyed my time there,” Brown said last month. “I enjoyed the people in New York, and I think that I can help that organization get back to where it’s been. … We’ll see what happens in March.”
Some thought that the Giants might test Brown at right tackle, and that’s no longer an option. It likely was never an option because the former Louisville Cardinal has plied his trade at guard in the NFL.
Brown will apparently sign a three-year deal with the Falcons.
Big Blue has been a train wreck thus far in filling their vacancies at safety. The sequence kicked off with the New York Giants eschewing the franchise tag on Landon Collins. Collins then signed record-breaking deal with the Washington Redskins.
Six-years and $84 million became too rich for the New York Giants blood, as it should have been. Another attractive safety, Tyrann Mathieu, also got an average annual value (AAV) of $14.0 million with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Former Chicago Bears safety Adrian Amos could have been a solid fallback position for the Giants. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Amos will ink a four-year, $37.0 million deal with the Green Bay Packers.
In light of the Collins and Mathieu contracts, the Amos deal seems very fair, and perhaps we can question why the New York Giants were not engaged with the former Penn State star.
New York has inked former Arizona Cardinals safety Antoine Bethea to a reported two-year contract.
GMenHQ first saw that information tweeted out by former NFL star receiver Reggie Wayne. There has been no confirmation by the team, but Bethea’s Twitter bio denotes that he is “Safety for the NY Giants”.
Of the remaining free agent safeties, only Ha Ha Clinton-Dix can be considered a bona fide solution at the position. Other stopgap options include Tre Boston, another Arizona Cardinal, and a pair of Minnesota Vikings, George Iloka and Andrew Sendejo.