New York Giants 2002 NFL Free Agency Preview
Quarterback: Kerry Collins and Jesse Palmer are locks. Jason Garrett has been waived, but the Giants supposedly want him back. If they don’t, unless Darnell Dinkins really surprises in NFL Europe, then the Giants have an opening for either a reasonably-priced veteran or a draft pick.
Tony Banks Washington UFA Charlie Batch Waived/Detroit UFA Jeff Blake Waived/New Orleans UFA Dave Brown Arizona UFA Chris Chandler Waived/Atlanta UFA Dameyune Craig Waived/Redskins UFA Randall Cunningham Baltimore UFA Trent Dilfer Seattle UFA Gus Frerotte Denver UFA Jason Garrett Waived/Giants UFA Kent Graham Washington UFA Elvis Grbac Waived/Baltimore UFA Jim Harbaugh Carolina UFA Rob Johnson Waived/Buffalo UFA Paul Justin St. Louis UFA Ryan Leaf Waived/Dallas UFA Shane Mathews Waived/Chicago UFA Jim Miller Chicago UFA Rick Mirer San Francisco UFA Scott Mitchell Cincinnati UFA Doug Pederson Green Bay UFA Rodney Peete Oakland UFA Jonathan Quinn Jacksonville UFA Mark Rypien Indianapolis UFA Eric Zeier N/A UFA Scott Covington Cincinnati RFA Jake Delhomme New Orleans RFA Chris Greisen Arizona RFA Brock Huard Seattle RFA
Chris Chandler is the best of the bunch, but he probably will want to go someplace where he has a chance to start. Same with Jim Miller and Jeff Blake. Rob Johnson has talent, but Buffalo was a bad fit for him and he takes too much punishment. If the Giants want to pursue a back-up-type, they may want to look at Paul Justin, Jonathan Quinn, or Rodney Peete.
Fullback: The Giants are set at halfback with Tiki Barber and Ron Dayne. But they may be looking to replace Greg Comella at fullback or looking for someone cheaper if Greg’s salary demands are too outrageous (Comella is an unrestricted free agent).
Fred Beasley San Francisco UFA Donnell Bennett Washington UFA Reggie Brown Waived/Green Bay UFA Greg Comella Giants UFA Sam Gash Waived/Baltimore UFA William Henderson Green Bay UFA Chris Hetherington Carolina UFA Robert Holcombe St. Louis UFA Damien Shelton Chicago UFA Detron Smith Waived/Denver UFA Mack Strong Seattle UFA Jon Witman Waived/Pittsburgh UFA Obafemi Ayanbadejo Baltimore RFA James Hodgins St. Louis RFA Terry Jackson San Francisco RFA Joel Makovicka Arizona RFA Cecil Martin Philadelphia RFA Dennis McKinley Arizona RFA Nick Williams Cincinnati RFA
There are three very interesting fullbacks: Fred Beasily, Mack Strong, and William Henderson. All three can block and all three come from West Coast offenses. Sam Gash has been a great lead blocker in this league for a long time, does he have another year left in him?
Wide Receiver: It’s pretty certain that the Giants will look to upgrade team speed at wide receiver either in free agency or the draft – or both. The slower Joe Jurevicius – who is unrestricted – will most likely depart.
Derrick Alexander Waived/Kansas City UFA Will Blackwell Waived/Pittsburgh UFA Corey Bradford Green Bay UFA Chris Carter Minnesota UFA Albert Connell Waived/New Orleans UFA Kenny Coutain Waived/Green Bay UFA Germane Crowell Detroit UFA Thabiti Davis Waived/Giants UFA Sean Dawkins Jacksonville UFA Bert Emanuel Detroit UFA Bobby Engram Seattle UFA Antonio Freeman Waived/Green Bay UFA Jammi German Cleveland UFA Jeff Graham Waived/San Diego UFA Jacquez Green Tampa Bay UFA Damon Griffin St. Louis UFA Az-Zahir Hakim St. Louis UFA Mathew Hatchette Waived/Jets UFA Donald Hayes Carolina UFA Windrell Hayes Waived/Jets UFA Qadry Ismail Waived/Baltimore UFA Curtis Jackson Waived/New England UFA Willie Jackson New Orleans UFA Nate Jacquet Minnesota UFA Charles Johnson Waived/New England UFA Patrick Johnson Baltimore UFA Joe Jurevicius Giants UFA Terance Mathis Waived/Atlanta UFA Keenan McCardell Waived/Jacksonville UFA O.J. McDuffie Waived/Miami UFA Wane McGarity New Orleans UFA Eric Metcalf Washington UFA Glyn Milburn San Diego UFA Lonny Mitchell Waived/Minnesota UFA Herman Moore Waived/Detroit UFA Rob Moore Waived/Arizona UFA Johnnie Morton Waived/Detroit UFA Jeff Ogden Miami UFA Jerome Pathon Indianapolis UFA Keith Poole Denver UFA Ricky Proehl St. Louis UFA Jake Reed Minnesota UFA Anthony Reidel Waived/Tampa Bay UFA Chris Sanders Waived/Tennessee UFA Damon Savage Waived/Miami UFA Bill Schroeder Green Bay UFA Bobby Shaw Pittsburgh UFA Tony Simmons Indianapolis UFA Troy Walters Waived/Minneapolis UFA Michael Westbrook Washington UFA Karl Williams Tampa Bay UFA Robert Wilson New Orleans UFA Craig Yeast Waived/Jets UFA Marty Booker Chicago RFA Na Brown Philadelphia RFA Darrin Chiaverini Dallas RFA Donald Driver Green Bay RFA Larry Parker Kansas City RFA Brandon Stokley Baltimore RFA Derrius Thompson Washington RFA Terrence Wilkins Indianapolis RFA
Az-Zahir Hakim is small, but he has very good speed and outstanding quickness. He makes things happen although his hands are so-so at best. Qadry Ismail is a fast receiver who can make plays down the field. Germane Crowell was developing into an excellent receiver until the injury bug hit him – he had surgery on both of his knees. I would at least take a look at him and see how healthy he is. Some lesser known speedsters include Corey Bradford, Patrick Johnson, and Jerome Pathon.
Tight End: Even though Dan Campbell (restricted free agent) is developing and there are a couple of young prospects on the roster (Marcellus Rivers and Taman Bryant), there still is no proven commodity who can both catch and block.
Stephen Alexander Washington UFA Mike Bartrum Philadelphia UFA Marco Battaglia Washington UFA David Binn San Diego UFA Luther Broughton Carolina UFA Byron Chamberlain Minnesota UFA Greg Clark Waived/San Francisco UFA Cam Cleeland New Orleans UFA Tyrone Davis Green Bay UFA Ken Dilger Waived/Indianapolis UFA Christian Fauria Seattle UFA Hunter Goodwin Waived/Miami UFA Terry Hardy Arizona UFA Jackie Harris Waived/Dallas UFA James Hill Waived/Jacksonville UFA Damon Jones Waived/Jacksonville UFA Freddie Jones Waived/San Diego UFA Andrew Jordan Minnesota UFA Trey Junkin Arizona UFA Brian Kozlowski Atlanta UFA Tony McGee Waived/Cincinnati UFA Itula Mili Seattle UFA Pete Mitchell Detroit UFA Dave Moore Waived/Tampa Bay UFA Jake Moreland Cleveland UFA Mikhael Ricks Kansas City UFA Rod Rutledge New England UFA O.J. Santiago Cleveland UFA Shannon Sharpe Waived/Baltimore UFA Kaseem Sinceno Chicago UFA David Sloan Detroit UFA Dan Campbell Giants RFA Desmond Clark Denver RFA Matt Cushing Pittsburgh RFA Lamont Hall New Orleans RFA Steve Heiden San Diego RFA Sheldon Jackson Buffalo RFA Mike Lucky Dallas RFA Jerame Tuman Pittsburgh RFA Jed Weaver Miami RFA
There are some talented guys here who could really help the Giants. Ken Dilger is a good blocker and a very good short-range receiver. Freddie Jones is an athletic receiving threat who had an off-year in 2001. Shannon Sharpe would provide the offense with an attitude and leadership; he can still play and has a good relationship with Jim Fassel. Greg Clark is quality two-way tight end who can’t seem to stay healthy; if he does, he is a player to watch. Stephen Alexander missed most of last year with injury; if healthy, he has the athletic-ability to get down the field although he drops some balls occasionally. David Sloan and Byron Chamberlain are better receivers than blockers. Kaseem Sinceno is a decent play who can block and catch some. Rod Rutledge is a Howard Cross-type – good blocker, below average receiver. Dave Moore is a better blocker than receiver.
Offensive Line: The Giants most likely will look to add one or two veterans via free agency. Only Luke Petitgout and Dusty Zeigler are locks to start. Ron Stone (unrestricted free agent) is likely gone. Reports say the Giants want to re-sign Jason Whittle and Mike Rosenthal (both restricted free agents).
Tom Ackerman Waived/Saints UFA Darryl Ashmore Oakland UFA Brad Badger Waived/Vikings UFA Kerline Blaise Detroit UFA Orlando Bobo Baltimore UFA Blake Brockermeyer Chicago UFA Lomas Brown Waived/Giants UFA Ray Brown Waived/San Francisco UFA Matt Campbell Waived/Texans UFA Anthony Clement Arizona UFA Ben Coleman Washington UFA Calvin Collins Minnesota UFA Billy Conaty Buffalo UFA David Diaz-Infante Denver UFA Gennaro DiNapoli Tennessee UFA Earl Dotson Green Bay UFA Roger Duffy Waived/Pittsburgh UFA John Fina Waived/Buffalo UFA Mark Fischer Washington UFA Spencer Folau Miami UFA Todd Fordham Jacksonville UFA Roman Fortin San Diego UFA Aaron Graham Oakland UFA DeMingo Graham San Diego UFA Bob Hallen Atlanta UFA Dale Hellestrae Baltimore UFA Jimmy Herndon Chicago UFA Heath Irwin Waived/Miami UFA John Jackson Cincinnati UFA Kendyl Jacox San Diego UFA Kerry Jenkins N.Y. Jets UFA Tré Johnson Cleveland UFA Rod Jones St. Louis UFA Matt Joyce Detroit UFA Olin Kreutz Chicago UFA Kevin Long Tennessee UFA Steve McKinney Indianapolis UFA Bubba Miller Philadelphia UFA Larry Moore Indianapolis UFA Chris Naeole New Orleans UFA Jamie Nails Miami UFA Jeremy Newberry San Francisco UFA Roman Oben Waived/Cleveland UFA Glenn Parker Waived/Giants UFA Pete Pierson Tampa Bay UFA Marcus Price New Orleans UFA Jim Pyne Philadelphia UFA Cory Raymer Washington UFA Victor Riley Kansas City UFA Raleigh Roundtree San Diego UFA Ephraim Salaam Atlanta UFA Leon Searcy Baltimore UFA Tony Semple Detroit UFA Jeff Smith Jacksonville UFA Marcus Spears Kansas City UFA Mark Stepnoski Waived/Dallas UFA Barry Stokes Green Bay UFA Ron Stone Giants UFA Harry Swayne Miami UFA Dave Szott Washington UFA Trey Teague Denver UFA Daryl Terrell New Orleans UFA Ryan Tucker Waived/St. Louis UFA Rich Tylski Waived/Pittsburgh UFA Morris Unutoa Buffalo UFA Kip Vickers Waived/Baltimore UFA John Wade Jacksonville UFA Mike Wahle Green Bay UFA Todd Washington Tampa Bay UFA Jason Watts Waived/Oakland UFA Todd Weiner Seattle UFA Erik Williams Baltimore UFA Grant Williams New England UFA Sammy Williams Baltimore UFA Matt Willig San Francisco UFA Donald Willis Kansas City UFA Doug Brzezinski Philadelphia RFA Ben Fricke Dallas RFA DeMingo Graham San Diego RFA Willie Jones Kansas City RFA David Loverne N.Y. Jets RFA Ben Lynch San Francisco RFA Todd McClure Atlanta RFA Edwin Mulitalo Baltimore RFA Toby Myles Oakland RFA Jamar Nesbit Carolina RFA Mike Rosenthal Giants RFA Oliver Ross Pittsburgh RFA Grey Ruegamer New England RFA Jeff Saturday Indianapolis RFA Ryan Schau Houston RFA Yusuf Scott Arizona RFA Cameron Spikes St. Louis RFA Rex Tucker Chicago RFA Floyd Wedderburn Seattle RFA Jason Whittle Giants RFA Ryan Young Texans RFA
The best offensive linemen got protected before free agency started. Olin Kreutz and Jeremy Newberry are two of the best centers in football. Victor Riley, Anthony Clement, and Todd Weiner are three solid right tackles. So is Earl Dotson, but he has a history of back problems. Leon Searcy was a great player before injuries cost him the last two seasons. Ryan Tucker is OK at right tackle. Mike Wahle and Kerry Jenkins are an up-and-coming guards. Guard Steve McKinney is a tough technician. Guard David Szott is nearing the end of an outstanding career, but he proved last year he can still play and he wants to come to New York. Marcus Spears is a quality back-up on a solid Chiefs’ line. So is Tampa’s Todd Washington, who can play center and guard. LT Trey Teague is a better pass blocker than run blocker. Ex-Giant Roman Oben is an average player who can play on the left side. Kip Vickers can play anywhere on the line, but he’s strictly a back-up-type.
Defensive End: With the Giants having a lot of money invested in Michael Strahan and Kenny Holmes, it is unlikely they will pursue a big-ticket end in free agency. However, getting a solid third end who can rotate with these two would be nice.
Chidi Ahanotu St. Louis UFA Michael Boireau Waived/Minnesota UFA Lorenzo Bromell Miami UFA Rob Burnett Waived/Baltimore UFA Marco Coleman Waived/Washington UFA Stalin Colinet Waived/Minnesota UFA Cecil Deckard Waived/New England UFA Joe Johnson New Orleans UFA Cedric Jones St. Louis UFA Leonard Little St. Louis UFA Rick Lyle N.Y. Jets UFA Keith McKenzie Cleveland UFA Kenny Mixon Miami UFA Eric Ogbogu N.Y. Jets UFA Rich Owens Kansas City UFA Jason Peter Carolina UFA Carl Powell Chicago UFA Jeff Robinson St. Louis UFA Tracy Scroggins Waived/Detroit UFA Michael Sinclair Waived/Seattle UFA Gregory Spires Cleveland UFA Maa Tanuvasa San Diego UFA John Thierry Waived/Green Bay UFA Mark Thomas Indianapolis UFA Andre Wadsworth Waived/Cardinals UFA Steve White Tampa Bay UFA Chuck Wiley Atlanta UFA Tyrone Williams Waived/Kansas City UFA Reinard Wilson Cincinnati UFA Renaldo Wynn Jacksonville UFA Lionel Barnes Indianapolis RFA Tom Burke Arizona RFA Antonio Cochran Seattle RFA Adrian Dingle San Diego RFA Arnold Miller Cleveland RFA Chike Okeafor San Francisco RFA Talance Sawyer Minnesota RFA Brad Scioli Indianapolis RFA Aaron Smith Pittsburgh RFA Willie Whitehead New Orleans RFA
Leonard Little is a pass-rushing specialist (14.5 sacks) who would fit in nicely with the Giants, but he is most likely a part time player with a big price tag. Keith McKenzie can rush the passer and is a key member of the tough Browns’ defense. Joe Johnson is a quality two-way defensive end. Lorenzo Bromell (6.5 sacks) has some pass rush ability. So does Reinard Wilson who picked up 9 sacks as a situational pass rusher. Steve White has been a solid back-up for Tampa. Michael Sinclair is on the downside of his career and cut due to salary cap concerns by Seattle, but he may be worth a look. Renaldo Wynn underachieved in Jacksonville, but he has talent; better against the run than pass. Rob Burnett is a quality player, but he will be 35.
Defensive Tackle: Again, depth is the issue here with Keith Hamilton and Cornelius Griffin entrenched as starters.
Sam Adams Waived/Baltimore UFA Gilbert Brown Green Bay UFA Shane Burton Waived/Jets UFA James Cannida Tampa Bay UFA Larry Chester Carolina UFA Lional Dalton Baltimore UFA Santana Dotson Waived/Green Bay UFA Josh Evans Tennessee UFA Jason Fisk Tennessee UFA Jim Flanigan Green Bay UFA La'Roi Glover New Orleans UFA Darius Holland Waived/Browns UFA Grady Jackson Oakland UFA Travis Kirschke Detroit UFA Kenard Lang Washington UFA Leon Lett Waived/Denver UFA Steve Martin N.Y. Jets UFA Brandon Mitchell New England UFA Mike Mohring San Diego UFA Sean Moran St. Louis UFA Michael Myers Dallas UFA Riddick Parker New England UFA John Parrella San Diego UFA Christian Peter Waived/Indianapolis UFA Shawn Price Buffalo UFA Kelvin Pritchett Detroit UFA Derrick Ransom Kansas City UFA Joe Salave'a Tennessee UFA Mark Smith Cleveland UFA Shawn Swayda Atlanta UFA Mike Thompson Cleveland UFA Jared Tomich Waived/Green Bay UFA Dimitrius Underwood Waived/Dallas UFA Larry Webster Waived/Baltimore UFA Mike Wells Waived/Indianapolis UFA Jeff Zgonina Waived/St. Louis UFA Jared DeVries Detroit RFA Cletidus Hunt Green Bay RFA Brandon Noble Dallas RFA Chukie Nwokorie Indianapolis RFA John Thornton Tennessee RFA
La’Roi Glover is a superb pass rushing defensive tackle, though he had a bit of a down year last season. Grady Jackson was voted the Raiders’ most valuable defensive player by his teammates. Kenard Lang can play inside or outside and that is the type of versatility the Giants should be looking for. Jason Fisk is a solid defensive tackle who plays hard and is respected by his teammates; he had both shoulders scoped in the offseason however. Fellow Titans Josh Evans and Joe Salave’a are solid back-up-types, but Salave’a also had offseason surgery. Lional Dalton is a quality reserve for Baltimore. So was Larry Webster, but he has some off-the-field issues. Michael Myers is a disruptive player who is better penetrating than holding the point-of-attack. Sam Adams and John Parrella are great run stoppers, but they will be looking to start. Shane Burton is solid, but he doesn’t really stand out. Santana Dotson is solid. Bringing back Christian Peter would make a lot of sense.
Linebacker: With weakside linebacker Jessie Armstead released, adding quality competition either through free agency and/or the draft is a must.
Allen Aldridge Detroit UFA Elijah Alexander Waived/Oakland UFA Jessie Armstead Waived/Giants UFA Shawn Barber Washington UFA Stephen Boyd Waived/Detroit UFA O.J. Brigance St. Louis UFA Glenn Cadrez Kansas City UFA Mike Caldwell Philadelphia UFA Sam Cowart Buffalo UFA Bryan Cox New England UFA Henri Crockett Atlanta UFA Gerald Dixon San Diego UFA Jamie Duncan Tampa Bay UFA Donnie Edwards Waived/Kansas UFA James Farrior N.Y. Jets UFA Greg Favors Tennessee UFA Mark Fields Waived/St. Louis UFA London Fletcher St. Louis UFA James Folston Arizona UFA Scott Galyon Waived/Dolphins UFA Jeff Gooch Waived/Tampa Bay UFA Darren Hambrick Carolina UFA Kevin Hardy Jacksonville UFA Bernardo Harris Waived/Green Bay UFA Sean Harris Indianapolis UFA Nate Hemsley Waived/Carolina UFA John Holecek San Diego UFA Rob Holmberg Green Bay UFA Earl Holmes Pittsburgh UFA Brad Jackson Baltimore UFA Greg Jones Chicago UFA Lenoy Jones Cleveland UFA Marvin Jones Waived/Jets UFA Mike Jones Waived/Pittsburgh UFA Robert Jones Waived/Titans UFA Antony Jordan Waived/Atlanta UFA Andy Katzenmoyer Waived/New England UFA Jeff Kelly Atlanta UFA Terry Killens San Francisco UFA Scott Kowalkowski Detroit UFA Eddie Mason Washington UFA Ed McDaniel Waived/Minnesota UFA Pete Monty Minnesota UFA Marty Moore Waived/New England UFA Mike Morton Indianapolis UFA Hardy Nickerson Waived/Jacksonville UFA Roman Phifer New England UFA Ryan Phillips Indianapolis UFA Jeff Posey Jacksonville UFA Eddie Robinson Waived/Tennessee UFA Sam Rogers Waived/San Diego UFA Tarek Saleh Cleveland UFA Chris Slade Carolina UFA Jeremiah Trotter Philadelphia UFA Artie Ulmer Atlanta UFA Zack Walz Arizona UFA Dean Wells Waived/Carolina UFA Brian Williams Detroit UFA K.D. Williams Green Bay UFA Kailee Wong Minnesota UFA Lee Woodall Denver UFA Fearon Wright Waived/Minnesota UFA JoJuan Armour Cincinnati RFA Roosevelt Colvin Chicago RFA Chris Draft Atlanta RFA Jay Foreman Buffalo RFA Warrick Holdman Chicago RFA Clint Kriewaldt Detroit RFA Mike Maslowski Kansas City RFA Hannibal Navies Carolina RFA Jim Nelson Minnesota RFA Keith Newman Buffalo RFA Dat Nguyen Dallas RFA Joey Porter Pittsburgh RFA Wali Rainer Cleveland RFA Orlando Ruff San Diego RFA Khari Samuel Detroit RFA Mike Schneck Pittsburgh RFA Gary Stills Kansas City RFA Sam Sword Indianapolis RFA Tim Terry Seattle RFA
Marvin Jones is a big, athletic linebacker who has been somewhat injury-prone in his career, but he started all 16 games last season and is a fine player. Jamie Duncan is undersized, but quick. London Fletcher is a productive middle linebacker for the Rams and some think he is better suited outside. Kailee Wong is a former defensive linemen who is improving at middle linebacker. Earl Holmes is better against the run than the pass. Donnie Edwards is a quality weakside linebacker who can cover and rush the passer – he’d be a great fit for the Giants’ defense. Kevin Hardy is a top-flight linebacker when healthy, but he has been plagued by knee problems the past two seasons. Shawn Barber is a fast weakside linebacker who can cover, but he is coming off of knee surgery too and that has to be checked out. Mike Caldwell is coming off his best season as a pro on the weakside for the Eagles. Sam Cowart was one of the best linebackers in the league before he tore his Achilles’ tendon early last season; it all depends on how healthy he is. James Farrior is a solid weakside linebacker coming off his best year. Greg Favors is a good player and a tough guy who won’t be re-signed by the Titans as they want Keith Bullock to start in his place. Roman Phifer is older, but he is also coming off of a very productive season for the Patriots; he is a quality all-around player. Eddie Robinson plays with great technique and is a leader. Scott Galyon was a fine back-up for the Giants before he left for Miami; however, his injured knee must be checked out. Stephen Boyd and Bernardo Harris are fine run stoppers who aren’t as good against the pass.
Safety: The Giants are set at cornerback with Jason Sehorn, Will Allen, Will Peterson, and Ralph Brown. The team’s biggest free agent priority is re-signing Shaun Williams. He may be moved to strong safety. Sam Garnes has been waived; the question is will the Giants try to re-sign him?
Myron Bell Pittsburgh UFA Tommy Bennett Waived/Detroit UFA Blaine Bishop Waived/Tennessee UFA Ronnie Bradford Waived/Atlanta UFA Eric Brown Denver UFA LaMar Campbell Detroit UFA Keion Carpenter Buffalo UFA Terrence Carroll Waived/Green Bay UFA Chris Carter Cincinnati UFA Marty Carter Detroit UFA Chad Cota Waived/Indianapolis UFA Scott Frost Green Bay UFA Joseph Gana Waived/Green Bay UFA Sam Garnes Waived/Giants UFA Victor Green Waived/Jets UFA Robert Griffith Minnesota UFA Corey Harris Baltimore UFA Chris Hayes Waived/Jets UFA Chris Hudson Atlanta UFA Billy Jenkins Green Bay UFA Kerry Joseph Waived/Seattle UFA Rob Kelly New Orleans UFA Carnell Lake Baltimore UFA Keith Lyle Washington UFA Brock Marrion Waived/Miami UFA Ray McElroy Detroit UFA Scott McGarrahan Miami UFA Damon Moore Philadelphia UFA Tony Parrish Chicago UFA Perry Phenix Tennessee UFA Marquez Pope Waived/Oakland UFA Izell Reese Dallas UFA Ron Rice Waived/Detroit UFA Damien Richardson Carolina UFA Lance Schulters San Francisco UFA Kurt Schulz Waived/Detroit UFA Kywin Supernaw Detroit UFA George Teague Waived/Dallas UFA Orlando Thomas Waived/Minnesota UFA Pat Tillman Arizona UFA Eric Vance Waived/Tampa Bay UFA Brian Walker Miami UFA Mark Washington Waived/New England UFA Darryl Williams Waived/Cincinnati UFA Shaun Williams Giants UFA Rod Woodson Waived/Baltimore UFA Larry Atkins Kansas City RFA Rashard Cook Philadelphia RFA Cory Hall Cincinnati RFA Dexter Jackson Tampa Bay RFA Jason Perry San Diego RFA Pierson Prioleau Buffalo RFA
Rod Woodson has some appeal because he can still play and is a fine leader. Lance Schulters and Blaine Bishop are good players who can play both safety spots. Free safety Ronnie Bradford is solid, but his play dropped some last season. Brock Marrion and George Teague are OK. Robert Griffith is outstanding at strong safety. Chad Cota hasn’t lived up to his reputation at strong safety recently, but he is a good player. Corey Harris, Tony Parrish, Victor Green, Brian Walker, Chris Carter, and Pat Tillman are solid at strong safety. The Giants may be better off playing DeWayne Patmon at free safety and drafting a prospect. Scott McGarrahan is a special teams standout.