NY Giants: 3 free agent options to fill holes after NFL Draft
The NY Giants retooled their roster throughout the off-season, using free agency and the NFL Draft to greatly improve the team’s talent level. Still, even with the amount of upgrades the team made, holes remain at key positions.
While the team’s draft was considered a home run by most experts, not addressing the offensive line leaves room for improvement. Elsewhere, Dave Gettleman loves players that provide veteran leadership – he could be looking for another prominent voice to facilitate Joe Judge’s message.
Last year, the Giants waited until August 31st to sign one of the best free agents on the market – inking Logan Ryan to a one year, $7.5 million deal. The defensive back became one of the team’s most important players, which earned him a 3 year, $30 million extension signed on Christmas Day.
Gettleman has used every avenue to build the team’s roster, and he’s proven that he’s not afraid to bring in free agents at any point of the year. If they’re on the market, they’re on his radar.
Here are 3 free agents the NY Giants could sign to fill holes after the NFL Draft:
The offensive lineman drafted by Gettleman while he was in Carolina could be a sneaky impact signing for the NY Giants.
The team has said they’re ‘confident’ in the group they have now, but if Shane Lemieux, Will Hernandez and Zack Fulton fail to stand out throughout the summer, Gettleman’s hand could be forced. If Turner remains unsigned, he could receive a call from his former general manager.
Turner was regarded as one of the best guards in the entire league while playing for the Panthers, earning Pro Bowl honors five consecutive years. He was a key piece for the franchise’s NFC Championship winning team, helping their offense become the league’s best.
After bringing in a new regime, the Panthers traded Turner to the Los Angeles Chargers – he never found his footing there. He battled injuries all season long and had the worst year of his career – the Chargers releasing him back in March.
It may be worth a look to see if Turner can return to form with the Giants. The guard is still just 27 years old – it could be the perfect low risk, high reward signing for the team.