Last Updated: June 15, 2020
2020 New York Giants Free Agent Losses
LB DEONE BUCANNON (to the Atlanta Falcons): The Giants signed Bucannon in October 2019 after he was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He ended up playing in nine games for the Giants with one start, and finished the season with 25 tackles. He played in 21 percent of all defensive snaps. The 6’1”, 211-pound Bucannon was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. A former safety, the Cardinals converted him to a hybrid linebacker/safety “money backer” role. In five seasons with the Cardinals, Bucannon played in 70 regular-season games, with 56 starts. His most productive season came in 2015, when he accrued 112 tackles, three sacks, three pass defenses including an interception, and three forced fumbles.
S MICHAEL THOMAS (to the Houston Texans): Michael Thomas served as a reserve safety and core special teams player once again for the Giants in 2019. Thomas played in all 16 games with two starts, receiving 27 percent of all defensive snaps, and finishing with 47 tackles and three pass defenses. Thomas was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Francisco 49ers after the 2012 NFL Draft. After spending most of two seasons on the 49ers’ Practice Squad, Thomas was signed to the 53-man roster of the Miami Dolphins in December 2013. In five seasons in Miami, Thomas played in 56 games with 25 starts. The Giants signed Thomas as an unrestricted free agent from the Dolphins in March 2018. Thomas not only played in all 16 games that year, but surprisingly made six starts at safety. He finished the season with 59 tackles, 1 sack, 6 pass defenses, 2 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. Thomas also played in his first Pro Bowl as a special teams alternate. A team leader and good locker room presence, Thomas has served as special teams captain with both the Dolphins and Giants. While he is an aggressive, physical player, Thomas lacks the overall athleticism to be a viable NFL starter at safety. He only has 15 career pass defenses and can be exposed in coverage.
WR CODY LATIMER (to the Washington Redskins): Despite playing in 15 games with 10 starts, Latimer finished 2019 with only 24 catches for 300 yards (12.5 yards per catch) and two touchdowns. The 6’2”, 215-pound Latimer was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. In four seasons with the Broncos, Latimer played in 45 regular-season games with three starts. The Giants signed Latimer as an unrestricted free agent from the Broncos in March 2018. He missed 10 games with a hamstring injury and finished the season with just 11 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown. Latimer is a big receiver who will fight for the football, but he has trouble separating from coverage and has never been terribly productive (his 2019 catch and yardage stats were career highs). Latimer is a good gunner on special teams and has experience returning kickoffs (he averaged 23.8 yards per return on 24 kickoffs in 2019).
OL MIKE REMMERS (to the Kansas City Chiefs): The Giants signed Remmers as a free agent in May 2019. He started 14 games at right tackle for the Giants, missing two games to injury (back and concussion). While it would not be fair to say he played well, he did help to settle down a right tackle position that has been a sore spot for the team in recent years. The 6’5”, 310-pound Remmers was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Denver Broncos after the 2012 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Broncos (2012), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2012–2013), San Diego Chargers (2013), Vikings (2013), St. Louis Rams (2014), Carolina Panthers (2014–2016), and Vikings again (2017–2018). The Vikings waived him in March 2018 due to ongoing back issues. Remmers has experience at both tackle and guard.
CB ANTONIO HAMILTON (to the Kansas City Chiefs): Hamilton primarily served as a reserve corner (12 percent of defensive snaps) and core special teams player in 2019. He played in all 16 games with two starts, finishing the year with 17 tackles and 4 pass defenses. The 6’0, 195-pound Hamilton was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Oakland Raiders after the 2016 NFL Draft. He played in 12 regular-season games with no starts for the Raiders. The Giants claimed Hamilton off of waivers from the Raiders in September 2018. He played in 13 games for the Giants in 2018 with no starts, accruing six tackles on special teams. Hamilton usually struggles in coverage when called upon to play defense.
2019 New York Giants Free Agent Losses
DE KERRY WYNN (to the Cincinnati Bengals): In his fifth season with the Giants, Wynn started five of the 14 games that he played in, finishing with 39 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 pass defenses, and 2 forced fumbles. Wynn was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Giants after the 2014 NFL Draft. He has played in 63 regular-season games, with 15 starts. Wynn has a nice combination of size, strength, and overall athletic ability. Wynn is a better run defender than pass rusher as he lacks dynamic quickness on the outside pass rush (just 4.5 career sacks). He is able to play defensive tackle in pass-rush situations. Wynn flashed more in 2018 than he has in previous regular seasons.
FS CURTIS RILEY (to the Oakland Raiders): The Giants signed Riley as an unrestricted free agent from the Tennessee Titans in March 2018. Riley surprisingly started all 16 games at free safety, finishing with 75 tackles, 5 pass defenses, and 4 interceptions (including one returned for a touchdown). However, he was often a liability against both the run and the pass. The 6’0”, 190-pound Riley was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Titans as a cornerback after the 2015 NFL Draft. Riley spent his rookie season on Injured Reserve with an ankle injury. He played in four games in 2016 and seven games in 2017 with no starts. While Riley is a former cornerback with good athleticism for the safety position, he lacks the instincts, aggressiveness, and physicality required to play safety in the NFL.
DE JOSH MAURO (to the Oakland Raiders): The Giants signed Mauro as an unrestricted free agent from the Arizona Cardinals in March 2018 after he was cut by the Cardinals. He was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 NFL season by the NFL for the use of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). Mauro played in the 12 remaining games, with four starts, finishing with 28 tackles and one sack. The 6’6”, 290-pound, English-born Mauro was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers after the 2014 NFL Draft. He did not make the team, but was signed by the Cardinals after he was cut. In four seasons with the Cardinals, Mauro played in 47 regular-season games with 26 starts. Mauro is a hard-working run player who does not get much heat on the quarterback (only three career sacks).
DE MARIO EDWARDS (to the New Orleans Saints): The Giants claimed Edwards off of waivers from the Oakland Raiders in September 2018. He served as a primary back-up, playing in 15 games with no starts, and finishing the year with 14 tackles, 2 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. The 6’3”, 280-pound Edwards was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Raiders. He missed most of 2016 with a hip injury. In three years with the Raiders, Edwards played in 30 regular-season games with 24 starts. While a disappointment in Oakland, Edwards is a good athlete who flashes against both the run and the pass.
CB B.W. WEBB (to the Cincinnati Bengals): The Giants signed journeyman Webb in March 2018 after he was cut by the Cleveland Browns. Webb not only made the team, but he had his best pro season, surprisingly starting 13 of the 16 games he played in, and finishing with 59 tackles, 1 sack, 6 pass defenses, 1 interception, and 1 forced fumble. Webb did a decent job for most of the season before fading late, giving up a number of big plays. The 5’11”, 190-pound Webb was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. Webb has spent time with the Dallas Cowboys (2013), Pittsburgh Steelers (2014), Tennessee Titans (2015), New Orleans Saints (2016), Chicago Bears (2017), and Browns (2017). Webb has played 65 regular-season games with 23 starts.
OG JAMON BROWN (to the Atlanta Falcons): The Giants claimed Brown off of waivers from the Los Angeles Rams at the end of October 2018. He was quickly inserted into the starting lineup, and played in the final eight games as the starting right guard. The 6’4”, 340-pound Brown was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Rams. Brown has played in 50 regular-season games with 38 starts. He was suspended the first two games of the 2018 season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Brown’s size and strength is an asset in the running game, but he was too inconsistent in pass protection. He also needs to cut down on his penalties.
S LANDON COLLINS (to the Washington Redskins): Despite being voted to the Pro Bowl three times from 2016-2018, Collins has not been able to replicate his breakout performance in 2016. He finished both 2017 and 2018 on Injured Reserve, first with a fractured forearm and then with a partially-torn rotator cuff. Both injuries required surgery. On top of the injury issues, Collins has struggled more in coverage against better athletes. In 2018, Collins started all 12 games he played in, finishing with 96 tackles, 4 pass defenses, and 1 forced fumble. Collins was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Giants. During his All-Pro 2016 season, Collins started every game and finished the year with 125 tackles, four sacks, 13 pass defenses, and five interceptions. Collins is a big, tough, physical safety who lacks ideal quickness and recovery speed and thus is better suited for strong safety. He did not make many plays on the football in 2018. Collins is good hitter and tackler and plays the run very well.
2018 New York Giants Free Agent Losses
LB KEENAN ROBINSON (to the Buffalo Bills): Robinson was placed on Injured Reserve in November 2017 with a quad injury. Robinson played in six games with three starts and had 32 tackles. He missed the season’s first two games with a concussion. Robinson was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, where he missed time in 2012 (four games with right pectoral tear), 2013 (entire season with left pectoral tear), 2014 (three games with a knee injury), and 2015 (four games with a shoulder injury). The Giants signed him as a free agent in March 2016. In 2016, Robinson officially only started 6-of-16 regular-season games, but he was second in playing time on the team among all linebackers (71 percent of all defensive snaps). Robinson finished 2016 with 83 tackles and seven pass defenses. Robinson has decent size and is a good athlete who runs well. Versatile, he can play inside and outside linebacker. Robinson is more of a run-and-hit linebacker than stout run defender at the point-of-attack. Robinson is solid in pass coverage. He only has 1.5 career sacks and has been very injury prone. Robinson does not make many impact plays.
RB SHANE VEREEN (to the New Orleans Saints): Vereen has struggled to match his third-down back, pass-receiving productivity of his first year with the Giants in 2015. That season, Vereen had his most productive year in the NFL as a pass receiver, catching a career-high 59 passes for 495 yards and four touchdowns. It was the most receptions by a Giants running back in a single season since Tiki Barber in 2003. Vereen also carried the ball 61 times for 260 yards (4.3 yards per carry). Vereen missed 11 regular-season games in 2016 with a triceps injury that required surgery that he suffered in September and then re-injured in December. In 2017, despite playing in all 16 games, his pass-receiving totals declined to 44 catches for 253 yards. Vereen also carried the ball 45 times for 164 yards (3.6 yards per carry). He did not score a touchdown. Vereen was originally selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. The Giants signed him as a free agent in March 2015. Vereen lacks ideal size and power, but he is an elusive back with good vision and quickness. Vereen is one of the better pass-catching backs in the NFL as he runs good routes and has good hands. He is also solid in pass protection. Vereen has proven to be somewhat injury prone.
DT JAY BROMLEY (to the New Orleans Saints): For the third season in a row, Jay Bromley has quietly served as the team’s primary reserve at defensive tackle. Bromley played in all 16 games with no starts and finished the season with 21 tackles and one sack. Bromley was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. He has played in 55 regular-season games with just four starts. Bromley combines decent size, strength, and overall athletic ability. He has improved his play against the run since coming to the Giants but he has not developed into the inside pass rusher hoped for when he was drafted.
WR TAVARRES KING (to the Minnesota Vikings): King began 2017 with the Giants, was waived in mid-September, and then was re-signed to the 53-man roster in October. He was placed on Injured Reserve with a concussion in December. King played in eight games with three starts in 2017, finishing with 18 catches for 240 yards (13.3 yards per catch) and three touchdowns. King was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He spent time with the Broncos (2013), Panthers (2013-14), Jaguars (2014), and Buccaneers (2014-15). The Giants signed King to the Practice Squad in late September 2015. He played in seven regular season games and the playoff game for the Giants in 2016. King is a tall, thin receiver with good speed. He is not a physical player and is best suited as an outside receiver.
S NAT BERHE (to the Pittsburgh Steelers): Berhe had his fourth nondescript season for the Giants in 2017, playing in 15 games with no starts and accruing just 12 tackles and one sack. Berhe was drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. He played in all 16 games as a rookie, mostly on special teams. Since then, he has proven to be an injury-prone player, missing all of 2015 with a blood clot in his leg, over half the season in 2016 with two concussions, and one game in 2017 with a hamstring injury. In all, Berhe has played in 38 games with two starts in four seasons, accruing only 47 tackles and one pass defense. Berhe is a physical, undersized safety with less than ideal range. He may be too aggressive for his own good however as he has been an inconsistent tackler and his body doesn’t appear well suited to his physical style.
QB GENO SMITH (to the Los Angeles Chargers): The Giants signed Geno Smith as an unrestricted free agent in March 2017. He remained the team’s primary back-up until the season finale. Smith started Week 13 and played decently, completing 21-of-34 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown. But he also fumbled the ball away twice. Smith was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Smith has started 31 regular-seasons games, with 29 of those starts coming in 2013-2014. He lost his starting job to Ryan Fitzpatrick in August 2015 after his jaw was broken by a teammate. Smith started one game in 2016 but tore the ACL in his right knee in that game. Smith has completed 57.9 percent of his passes for 6,174 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 36 interceptions. Smith has good size and is a good athlete with a strong arm. He has struggled with his accuracy and mental aspects of the game. Smith needs to protect the ball better (36 interceptions, 9 fumbles). He also has had some off-the-field immaturity issues.
CB ROSS COCKRELL (to the Carolina Panthers): Cockrell was acquired by trade by the Giants from the Pittsburgh Steelers in early September 2017 for a conditional 7th round draft pick. Cockrell, who was an extremely inconsistent player with the Steelers, ended up having his best season with the Giants in 2017. Cockrell played in all 16 games with nine starts. He finished the season with 50 tackles, 11 pass defenses, and three interceptions. Cockrell was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Bills cut Cockrell in August 2015 and he then signed with the Steelers. In two seasons with the Steelers, Cockrell played in 31 regular-season games with 23 starts. Cockrell combines decent size and overall athletic ability. The Steelers let him go after he struggled during the 2017 preseason, but he became a play-maker late in the season with the Giants. Can he build upon his 2017 success?
OG D.J. FLUKER (to the Seattle Seahawks): Fluker was placed on Injured Reserve in late November 2017 with a toe injury. The Giants signed Fluker in March 2017 after he was cut by the Los Angeles Chargers. He started six games at right guard before being injured. Fluker was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Chargers, Fluker started 59 regular-season games, first at right tackle and then right guard. After a solid rookie season in 2013, Fluker struggled with the Chargers and was cut in March 2017. Fluker has excellent size (6’5”, 339 pounds) and strength, but he has struggled at times in pass protection, particularly with stunts. He is a tough, physical, mauling presence in the ground game. The Giants ground attack improved noticeably with him in the line-up.
OL JUSTIN PUGH (to the Arizona Cardinals): Pugh was placed on Injured Reserve in December 2017 with a back injury that caused him to miss half the season. Pugh was drafted in the 1st round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Giants. He was voted to the Pro Football Writers All-Rookie Team after starting all 16 games as rookie at right tackle. Pugh has had injury issues every year since, including missing two games in 2014 with a quadriceps injury, two games in 2015 with an ocular concussion, and five games in 2016 with a knee injury. Pugh was shifted to left guard in 2015, but played five games at right tackle again in 2017. Pugh lacks ideal size and arm length, but he is a good athlete who plays with fine strength, technique, and leverage. Pugh is smart, aggressive, and tenacious. Though not a mauler, he can get movement on his run blocks and he has the agility to do well in pass protection, though he could become more consistent in that area. Pugh can pull and block defenders at the second level. Pugh is very versatile, able to play both tackle and guard spots, and probably even center in a pinch. However, he simply has not been able to stay healthy.
LB DEVON KENNARD (to the Detroit Lions): Kennard played in 15 games with 11 starts in 2017. He finished the season with 41 tackles, four sacks, and two pass defenses. Kennard was drafted in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. He missed playing time due to injuries in 2014 (four games – toe and hamstring), 2015 (seven games – foot), and 2017 (one game – quad). In all, he has played in 52 regular-season games with 35 starts in four seasons. Kennard is a big, strong linebacker who is a bit of a DE/LB ‘tweener. In fact, the Giants will use him at defensive end in pass rush situations. Kennard plays the run well and can get heat on the quarterback, but he is not as strong in coverage. He is a versatile, albeit somewhat injury-prone performer.
OC WESTON RICHBURG (to the San Francisco 49ers): Richburg was placed on Injured Reserve in November 2017 with a concussion that he suffered a month earlier. He only played and started in four games in 2017. Richburg was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Giants. He has started 50 regular-season games. However, after a strong 2015 campaign, his play dipped in 2016 and 2017. Richburg is an average-sized center who can have trouble with powerful tackles. He is a good athlete who can block at the second level and pull on outside runs.