3 remaining NFL free agents NY Giants should pursue

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As the 2021 NFL Draft approaches, the NY Giants have several holes on the roster that could be bolstered by a veteran presence, and there are still talented players available during the third-wave of NFL free agency.

Even after shopping at the top of the free agent market, and adding marquee players such as wide receiver Kenny Golladay, tight end Kyle Rudolph, cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, and re-signing defensive lineman Leonard Williams to a long-term contract, the NY Giants could still use veteran help along the offensive line, at linebacker, and defensive back.

As free agency hits its third wave, the NY Giants still have just over $5 million in cap space, and while some of that must be allocated to the incoming rookies, some veteran players might be able to be had for a minimum-salary deal.

This offseason has played out as many coaches, agents, and executives believed that it would, with a lower salary cap, as several marquee players signed big-money deals in early March but many accomplished veteran players are still looking for a home in 2021 with training camps set to open in just three months.

Here are three such remaining NFL free agents who could be ideal fits for NY Giants:

No. 3: Bashaud Breeland, CB

Friday, the NY Giants hosted veteran cornerback Jason McCourty for a free agent visit, but the former New England Patriots defensive back left town without a contract.

McCourty’s visit, even after the NY Giants signed Adoree’ Jackson is quite telling in that the organization is still shopping for veteran help at cornerback, and Bashaud Breeland could be an ideal fit.

Breeland crossed paths with NY Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham in 2018, when Graham was the Green Bay Packers’ linebackers coach, and has experience playing in the slot, which seemingly is still a need for the Giants.

Last season, Breeland produced a 72.9 coverage grade from Pro Football Focus, while opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of just 90.3 when targeting him and he intercepted two passes along with his 39 total tackles and one forced fumble.