Stud Vikings offensive guard would make a ton of sense for the Giants in 2024

Joe Schoen needs to try and land the veteran OG this offseason

Nov 5, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) celebrates
Nov 5, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) celebrates / Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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For yet another season, the play of the offensive line was a complete let down for the NY Giants. While Andrew Thomas is locked in at left tackle, everyone else up front found a way to disappoint - even rookie center John Michael Schmitz had some games to forget.

While a lot of people are going to keep on talking about replacing Evan Neal at right tackle, there's no question that general manager Joe Schoen needs to bring in new bodies for the interior. At both right guard and left guard, we need to see an improvement next campaign. Enter Vikings standout Dalton Risner in free agency?

The Giants and Joe Schoen must target Dalton Risner this offseason

Risner has been tremendous for the Vikings. Keep in mind too that the OG didn't sign with a new team this summer and he didn't join the Vikings until after Week 2. Since then, though, he hasn't allowed a single sack in 412 pass-blocking snaps.

That's quite impressive. The 6-5, 310-pounder has appeared in 14 games for Minnesota in 2023, making 10 starts. Whenever he's been on the field, Risner has taken care of business and made defensive linemen look silly in the trenches.

There are multiple Giants linemen who likely won't be back next season, with guard Mark Glowinski on the list. Glowinski is under contract through next season, but he has a cap hit of $7.2 million, with only $1.5 million in dead money. If Schoen does choose to cut him, it'd create $5.7 million in cap space.

With how much Glowinski has struggled this year, it would make a ton of sense for Glowinski to be released, especially if almost $6 million in cap space would be created. Risner as a replacement would be a dream come true for a lot of Giants fans. Signing Risner of course won't solve all of the OL issues for the Giants, but he's the kind of player the front office needs to try and land. He's a beast.

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