3 former NY Giants players the team can still sign in free agency

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The NY Giants may not have much cap space left prior to the start of the season. However, they have enough to sign some lower-level talent and have multiple ways in which they can expand their cap. Currently, the Giants have around $4.1 million to spend and can either cut a veteran like Darnay Holmes, or restructure Leonard Williams' contract in order to sign better players.

Interestingly enough, there are a few former Giants still available in free agency that Joe Schoen could potentially bring in to strengthen the team. They may not be as good as some of the remaining guys. However, they already have chemistry with both the fans and would make for fine additions considering their likely cheap price.

These three players were with the Giants at one point or another and very well could make a return at some point this season. They may no longer be stars, but they'd play their role incredibly well back in blue:

3. Pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul

One thing the Giants could really use some help with is their depth on the edge. A good way they can fix this is by bringing in former Super Bowl XLVI champion Jason Pierre-Paul. He may not be what he once was, but playing behind both Kayvon Thibodeaux and Azeez Ojulari could help Pierre-Paul sustain his career path as a solid depth piece.

Pierre-Paul, who's 34 now, racked up 26 combined tackles, three sacks, and 21 pressures in 14 games last season. Considering that he put these numbers up while starting all but one of the games in which he appeared in, it's clear he shouldn't receive starting snaps anymore. However, with the Giants, he wouldn't be.

If Pierre-Paul signs with the Giants, he'd obviously be playing behind both Ojulari and Thibodeaux. While it's understandable if he doesn't want this role considering he was still starting last season, he must realize the trajectory of his career. Pierre-Paul isn't getting any younger or better. If he wishes to extend his career, he needs to become more of a role player.

Signing Pierre-Paul wouldn't cost much and the Giants likely wouldn't have to make any moves to open up cap space to bring him in. He wouldn't be a massive game-changer, but signing Paul would provide some necessary depth at the edge position.