3. Vic Beasley
We recently profiled Vic Beasley as a free agent, now it’s time to make the case for signing him to the NY Giants. Again, Beasley fits our profile as a young player with explosive ability whose best football should be still in front of him. The former 2016 All-Pro also figures to be the cheapest out of the three, making him even more attractive.
The NFL and it’s fans are surely down on Beasley as a player after he has had up-and-down results since that All-Pro season that saw the Falcons make a Super Bowl run, which the former first-round pick had a lot to do with. That season displayed what Beasley’s ceiling can be, and it’s scary high – 15.5 sacks (led the NFL) and 6 forced fumbles high.
It’s not too often that a 27-year-old former NFL sacks leader hits the open market, but back-to-back 5 sack seasons in 2017/2018 are a major reason why (even though that would actually be solid production on the NY Giants). Beasley bounced back nicely in 2019, racking up eight sacks, including 6.5 over the second half of the season.
If Big Blue can harness his tantalizing ability, this has the potential to be one of those signings that can turn around a defense. Beasley is incredibly versatile (something Joe Judge will love), flourishing as a 3/4 edge but perfectly capable of holding his own in pass coverage. A change of scenery seems to be the best thing for all involved, and the Falcons seem intent on letting him walk.
A three-man edge group consisting of Beasley, Lorenzo Carter and O’Shane Ximines could actually be productive. Having three high-upside, young edge guys to pair with the big boys up front would be a positive for the Giants.
Spotrac pegs his value at just $7.3M which would be a steal in my mind.
Hypothetical offer: 4 years/$28M ($13M GTD)