Derek Hagan scores a TD vs the Redskins. Photo courtesy of AP
The New York Giants have made several moves this off season. Among them, they have beefed up the D-Line and added a few lesser known names to help replace ones who have left for greener contracts. However, there is still work to do and still roster spots to fill out.
The Giants still have a questionable secondary and a possible spot or two in the receiver corp and linebacker corp. It is with that as a premise that we go shopping for a few more options that are still available in free agency.
These players will come at a cheaper rate which is important for the team salary cap considerations. They all have shown some level of success in the NFL and are more than capable of filling in in the lesser roles that the Giants would be asking them to take.
1) WR- Derek Hagan: The former Giants wide out is a free agent once again. He played 14 games in Oakland last season and had 20 catches for 259 yards. This is basically the type of numbers he would be asked to produce in New York.
He knows the offense and he has a report with Eli Manning and the coaching staff. After having minimal success in the NFL, Hagan doesn't have teams pounding down his door to offer him massive contracts.
He would come back to NY at a cheap price. He would be a good replacement for Ramses Barden or Domenik Hixon, given their season averages. This is a deal that makes sense.
2) CB- Marcus Trufant: When he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, Marcus Trufant was a standout. Ten seasons later, Trufant is not the player he used to be, but he is still healthy and can use his experience wisely against his opposition.
While the Seahawks are stock-piling corners, Trufant is getting lost in the shuffle. They have yet to re-sign him and seem to be moving on. The Giants are in need of another veteran presence and he may come cheaper than the $7.2 million that he was asking for last year.
If the team can work him down to a reasonable contract, he would be a smart addition. While he didn't get an INT last season, he did have 24 tackles. That could help in a pass happy NFC East. His playoff experience could come in handy here too.
3) LB- Rolando McClain: The Oakland Raiders released Rolando McClain yesterday due to a hefty contract. He was due $4 million next season. The Giants could easily snatch him up for that much or even less if they make the right deal.
He has shown success in his three years in the NFL. In 2011, he had a career high 99 tackles. Last season, he had 60 tackles with a forced fumble. He has played both MLB and OLB roles and would be solid in each under the Giants defensive schemes.
Each of these three options are players the Giants could use and could afford. If GM Jerry Reese plays his cards right, he could attain each one to fill out the roster. Then, the draft would just be all about building for the future rather than adding depth for the present.
Either way, the Giants have shown they are not shy about signing players and they know they still have needs to address.