The New York Giants are in a tough spot. They allowed longtime cornerback Corey Webster’s contract to void, thus releasing him, Terrell Thomas will hit the free-agent market and safety Stevie Brown could walk as well.
For a secondary unit that has been less than stellar for a few years now, losing its core group of players could leave the Giants defense in shambles. Obviously, the G-Men will have their work cut out for them, but how will they remedy the issue?
Here are cover32’s top 10 available defensive backs heading into free agency:
10. Malcolm Jenkins
9. Aqib Talib
8. Sam Shields
7. Donte Whitner
6. Antoine Bethea
5. Dominique Rodgers Cromartie
4. T.J. Ward
3. Jairus Byrd
2. Vontae Davis
1. Alterraun Verner
To answer the question posed in this article’s title: no, the Giants will not likely attempt to sign any of the league’s top 10 free-agent defensive backs. Would the New York Giants like to land a top cornerback in free agency this offseason? Absolutely.
But when considering the amount of improvements the G-Men must make, it’s hard to imagine there will be enough cash available to sign any of those guys listed above. Each of these guys could demand in the range of $8 million per year, as Brent Grimes received from the Miami Dolphins on Monday, and it’s doubtful they’ll be willing to stretch themselves so thin with a great group of players available on the lower-end through free agency and in this year’s draft class.
Potential targets to watch could include free agents Tarell Brown, Captain Munnerlyn, Nolan Carroll and Mike Jenkins, and draft prospects Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard and Stanley Jean-Baptiste. Plus, the Giants are working to re-sign Stevie Brown, which they should definitely do despite the fact that he will be coming off a torn ACL suffered during the preseason.