Remaining Free Agents on the Giants Wish List
While the Giants have started the beginning of NFL’s free agency period as major players, there are still holes to fill on both sides of the ball. Below is a list of players the Giants have expressed interest in and should sign.
1. Evan Dietrich-Smith, C, 2013 Team: Green Bay Packers
The Packers former center is has been high on the Giants large shopping list for some time now and the Giants are the favorites to sign him. He’s 6’2”, 308 pounds, and is a solid force in the middle of the line. Dietrich-Smith played in every game from 2011-2013 and started every game for the Packers last season, which is the polar opposite of former Giant David Bass who struggled to stay on the field the entire time he was with the G-Men. Being from Green Bay gives him a connection with the Giants new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo who plans to use the center to make complex protection calls. Signing Dietrich-Smith would give the Giants a formidable starting five offensive linemen after also adding Geoff Schwartz from Kansas City on day one of free agency.
2. Tracy Porter, CB, 2013 Team: Oakland Raiders
The Giants continue their pursuit to poach players from Oakland, as Tracy Porter has been invited to meet with the Giants on day two of free agency as well. The Giants have already done a lot of work to bolster their defensive backfield signing many of their young talented players like Trumaine McBride, Will Hill, and Stevie Brown. Porter would be a good veteran addition to that backfield with championship experience. He is most famous for his interception of Peyton Manning in Super Bowl XLIV, which he returned for a touchdown and solidified a championship for New Orleans. Porter also played well last year for the Raiders, starting all 16 games and intercepting two passes one which was of Eli Manning that he returned for a score. 2013 was good bounce back year for Porter after he suffered a series of injuries, including a seizure, in 2012 while with the Denver Broncos.
3. Andrew Quarless TE, 2013 Team: Green Bay Packers
Once Again the Giants could use Ben McAdoo’s connection with Green Bay to bring in another player. His numbers will not overwhelm anyone; catching 56 passes in four years usually is not a reason for teams to be that interested about a player, especially at tight end, but he has been playing the shadow of Jermichael Finley since he was drafted in 2010. Andrew Quarless has drawn interest from many teams around the league including Packers, Lions, Bills, Jets, Patriots, Bucs, and Falcons according to Rotoworld.com. It is very easy to see why as well. He is a very big, athletic tight end that has good blocking ability with tons of upside. McAdoo used to coach tight ends for the Packers and seems to think he is ready for a starting role, because the Giants made calls to his agent. However there has been no offer yet and new other news since free agency officially began.
4. Justin Tuck, DE, 2013 Team: New York Giants
The reasons for the Giants to bring back Tuck are obvious. There is mutual interest and he means a lot to the team in the locker room. While the Giants might seem like the best landing spot for Tuck he is flying west to meet with the Raiders, according to ESPN and Tom Rock of Newsday. If Tuck is willing to go all the way across the country its likely they have talked about some sort of deal that beat whatever the Giants offered him. Tuck has said that he will give the Giants a chance to meet whatever any team offers him before he signs a deal, but given the teams history with free agents it is not likely they will budge from their original offer.