The New York Giants are a team firmly in flux right now. Following another wasted campaign, the team had to replace both their general manager and head coach. Truth be told they have their work cut out for them, needing to fix a roster that’s been flawed for years.
Clearly, the main need for the G-Men is the offensive line. There are some other positions of need, however. Hopefully, for the Big Blue Faithful, these free agents take their talents to the Big Apple and give the Giants a boost.
Giants’ Top 5 Free Agent Targets
5. Mitchell Trubisky, QB
While I don’t think the Giants are giving up on Daniel Jones just yet, clearly the team needs a serviceable backup or even some competition in the room. After leaving Matt Nagy and the Chicago Bears, Mitchell Trubisky made an impression on the Buffalo Bills‘ coaching staff.
From what I understand, Brian Daboll, Trubisky’s last offensive coordinator, liked what he saw out of Trubisky. The quarterback is still hitting his prime years, has nice mobility, and can deliver passes on time and on target in Daboll’s offense. If Jones isn’t healthy enough to play or plays himself out of a spot, Trubisky would be more than a solid fill-in.
4. Emmanuel Ogbah, DE
The Giants clearly like the production they’ve gotten out of defensive end Leonard Williams. After a huge 2020 season, Williams took a step back in 2021, getting to the quarterback five fewer times. That’s where an incoming edge rusher can make a massive difference.
New defensive coordinator Wink Martindale is well known for throwing the whole house at opposing quarterbacks, and bookend edge rushers would make that style even more effective. Williams is still under contract and bringing in a player like Emmanuel Ogbah, who had nine sacks and 24 QB hurries last season would be a dream come true for Martindale.
3. David Njoku, TE
If the Giants retain their former Pro Bowl tight end Evan Engram, a fellow unrestricted free agent, this move is completely unnecessary, but there’s always a chance that Engram decides to leave New York. In that case, David Njoku would be a perfect replacement.
Njoku is a young, athletic, receiving tight end with more than his fair share of production over the past few years with the Cleveland Browns. In his contract year, the former first-round draft selection caught 36 balls and took those for 475 yards and four scores. The Giants would probably have to cut Kyle Rudolph as well to make the cap work, but I feel as though Njoku’s potential production in Daboll’s offensive system would justify that move.
2. Trenton Brown, RT
As previously stated, the Giants desperately need offensive line help, and the starting points need to be the tackles. The G-Men already have their blindside tackle in Andrew Thomas, but there is a gaping hole opposite him.
Trenton Brown, although likely to be an expensive option, would be a perfect fit on the other end. He’s in his prime years, a natural right tackle, and has played in some huge spots in his career. His durability at times can be a concern, but the risk would be worth the reward for the Giants.
1. Brandon Scherff, G
This one should be no surprise to anyone. The Giants need help in every position on the O-Line. Brandon Scherff is the best lineman available in this year’s free-agent class, and Joe Schoen has to be all in on peeling him away from the Commanders.
Scherff is a premier interior offensive lineman in the NFL. He has never played less than 500 snaps in a season throughout his career, and last season he didn’t allow a sack. Yes, you read that right. Scherff allowed zero sacks last season.
If the Giants are able to get, at the very least, the top two players on this list, their fortunes are sure to turn, and it may be sooner than expected. Brian Daboll & Co. will bring a fresh offense to the team that at the very least should net them more than four wins going forward.
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