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02-16-2012, 20:14

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There's much more on my site, but here is the top need, and a list of team free agents, listed by priority:

Hold the Line: Jerry Reese has started meeting with the front office team, and I would guess they began may of their conversations focusing on lineman, particularly on the offensive side. NFL.com has some interesting stats to consider for line play, and while they rank the Giants line 12th overall, the front office knows the team struggled mightily to run the ball consistently with the starting 5 they went into the season with (Beatty, Diehl, Baas, Snee, McKenzie), most evident in short yardage situations. Long-time RT Kareem McKenzie is a FA, and it may be time to part ways after 7 great years and 2 Super Bowls. Another player that I'd like to see go is David Baas. Maybe those injuries were more significant than any of us realized, but this line never looked crisp or played really well with Baas in the middle. His contract (5 years, $25M) made no sense to me then, and it may be a decision Reese is regretting this year. For both the center and right tackle spots, the Giants will most probably look internally or towards the draft, as opposed to a shallow FA crop, to fill this need. After Diehls return to tackle due to the Beatty injury, Kevin Boothe filled in more than admirably at both left guard and center (though his shotgun snaps left something to be desired); the running game was at its best with the combo of Boothe and Mitch Petrus on the field. Looking at the current crop of FA OLs, Reese may be well served to seriously consider going with the Petrus-Boothe pairing, sliding Diehl to RT, with the knowledge that he may have to slide back to the left if Beatty does not look good in camp and pre-season. James Brewer, 2011 4th rounder from Indiana, would in that case be the most likely candidate for RT. Tony Ugoh, former Colts starter and the player who most often played the 3rd tackle spot, is a FA

On the defensive side, the line has its standouts and its questions. The emergence of Jason Pierre-Paul does not, and perhaps should not, spell the end of Osi Umenyiora as a Giant. He had almost double digit sacks, despite missing time with a host of injuries, and is an important part of a pass rush vital to the success of this team. With that said, there are more holes than cash to go around, and if the Giants can move him for something of value, they may be well served doing so. They may need to move Osi to free up resources to address needs in the middle of the line. Reserve tackles Jimmy Kennedy and Rocky Bernard are UFAs, and neither stood out at any poin tthis season. At times, the line struggled to contain the run, and there were several games, including in the playoffs, where the pass rush was sporadic at best. In years past, Barry Cofield would have played a big part in sustaining a rush for 4 quaters with his inside pressure; Canty picked up some of that slack, but the interior rush seemed to follow him on and off the field. The return of 2nd round pick Marvin Austin should help, but coming off a season ending injury, the Giants will need to add additional talent. FA DTs that seem to fit the Giants profile (3-techniques who are big enough to hold up in the run game - like Canty, Cofield, Alford, Keith Hamilton - or big, mean run stoppers - think Norman Hand, Linval Joseph) include a pair of Seahawks, Colin Cole and Red Bryant, who because of his size and ability to play both end and tackle would be ideal, but may be outside their budget. The draft will be key for finding some new additions to the rotation of ends.


Gotta Get 'Em All - Highest priority to resign; the Must-Haves

CB Terrell Thomas
P Steve Weatherford

Bring 'Em Back - Important to the team, but not irreplaceable
WR Devin Thomas
LB Chase Blackburn
LB Jonathan Goff
DE Dave Tollefson

Let's Make a Deal - Should be resigned, but only for the right price

WR Mario Manningham
OT Stacy Andrews
OT Tony Ugoh
CB Aaron Ross
CB Justin Tryon
CB Bruce Johnson* - RFA

Bargain Basement - Resign for the veteran minimum, not much more

QB David Carr
WR Michael Clayton
WR Domenik Hixon
OT Kareem McKenzie (only if he's ok with backup status)
OT Tony Ugoh
DT Rocky Bernard
CB Michael Coe
S Deon Grant

Let 'Em Walk - Move on from these players

DT Jimmy Kennedy
CB Will Blackmon
S Derrick Martin

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