4 underrated free agents the NY Giants should target this offseason

Joe Schoen would be wise to check these guys out during free agency

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The NY Giants may be a good bit away from free agency, but it's never too soon to be thinking about some potential targets. We've seen people mention Mike Evans, Josh Allen, Brian Burns, and many other big names for the Giants to target. However, due to limited cap space (for now), it would make sense to look at less-expensive players.

With that in mind, we've compiled a list of some lesser-known free agents we'd like to see Joe Schoen go after. Not only do these guys play in positions of need, but they should be more affordable to bring in and could be low-risk, high-reward signings. As we know, these types of moves are Schoen's specialties, so don't be surprised to see some of these guys linked with New York sooner rather than later.

4. OG Dalton Risner

There was a point prior to the start of this season where Dalton Risner was linked to the Giants before he landed with the Minnesota Vikings. Considering how poorly New York's offensive line played all year, having a guy like Risner would have been nice, as he would have been the only starter to not allow a sack (what he did in Minnesota).

Now, with Risner hitting the open market again, the Giants have a chance to potentially bring in the 28-year-old guard. Not only would he be a cheap guard option, but his pass-blocking would be a much needed upgrade over guys like Justin Pugh. Through 485 pass-blocking snaps last season, Risner allowed just 30 pressures and zero sacks.

The Giants allowed 13 sacks between their two main guards in Pugh and Ben Bredeson. Signing Risner would be a massive upgrade over either of these two, while not costing the front office much more as well.

Regardless, Schoen has to address the offensive line in one way or another. If he chooses to upgrade through the path of free agency, Risner would likely be his best option relative to cost. There aren't many great offensive linemen in this year's free agency class, so spending wisely will be Schoen's best chance of coming out with starting-level talent at a small cost.