Giants mentioned as potential landing spot for two-time Pro Bowl safety

Would the Giants be able to afford the veteran defensive back?

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The NY Giants need help at safety. Yes, we're stating the obvious there and getting to the point. The loss of Xavier McKinney can't be understated, as the former captain is on his way to Green Bay with a four-year, $68 million contract to his name.

Before camp gets here, general manager Joe Schoen needs to address the secondary, with both safety and cornerback being a priority. At safety, we like the idea of a Day 2 pick being used to find a starter, but perhaps NY could look at free agency instead. In a new piece from Bleacher Report, they have the Giants among the best fits for former Pro Bowler Justin Simmons. You don't say?

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"Despite the slow market, Simmons should still wind up with a home that is going to make him a starter. He is more than a capable starter and there are teams where he would be an upgrade. The New York Giants could at least use him as a one-year stopgap after losing Xavier McKinney in free agency. The Los Angeles Rams have already went to free agency to form their defensive backfield for next season. Simmons could join Tre'Davious White and Darious Williams in their secondary. The New Orleans Saints could pair him up with Tyrann Mathieu for a veteran safety duo that's still capable of making plays.

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Interestingly enough, the Giants were recently named the best fit for former Colts standout Julian Blackmon, with linebacker Bobby Okereke shooting his shot in trying to recruit him on social media as well. Blackmon is coming off the best season of his young career.

Simmons on the other hand has been a beast for quite some time. The Denver Broncos loved having him as part of the organization for eight brilliant seasons, but they decided to part ways with him this offseason. Could that prove to be gold for Schoen?

As much as we'd love to see Simmons, or Blackmon, suit up for New York, it will really come down to how much the 6-2, 200-pounder is going to want with his next deal. Would Simmons be willing to come in on a one-year contract? If so, maybe Schoen can make it work.

However, it doesn't look like the Big Blue GM is willing to invest too much in the secondary, as we saw cornerbacks Tre'Davious White and Darious Williams sign with the Rams after NY showed interest. Who knows what would happen if Simmons ended up taking a visit to East Rutherford, but if Schoen is willing to put a reasonable amount of dough on the table, he could sell the former Bronco on starting Week 1 and also being a mentor for a young DBs group.