Every free agent signing can be considered a good free agency signing depending on whom you ask. Football coaches always want the best talent to work with, and they are more likely to be in favor of bringing in the best player no matter what the price.
General managers and front office people on the other hand, have to worry about how each new acquisition fits into the salary cap. The best player on the market is always appealing, but the GM's real goal is to find the best value on the market.
This is what makes the topic of recently released defensive tackle Vince Wilfork so difficult. Even at age 32 and coming off an injury-plagued 2013 in which he played just four games, Wilfork would make a fine addition to almost any team. He has quickness and athleticism that are unseen in men his size (6'2", 325 pounds). He was a key part of the Patriots' run defense for an entire decade.
Those attributes also made Wilfork the highest paid player on New England's roster other than quarterback Tom Brady. Wilfork's contract counted for $10.6 million against the salary cap last season, and it was a big part of him getting released by the only pro football team he ever played for.
If Wilfork is going to demand that type of salary even on a short term deal, the Giants shouldn't consider him. They already have the making of a fine defensive tackle rotation with productive veteran Cullen Jenkins and the up-and-coming Johnathan Hankins. Markus Kuhn provides depth, and there's still the possibility of re-signing Mike Patterson or drafting a defensive tackle in May.
The addition of Wilfork would make a strong rotation even stronger, but his cap figure could prevent the Giants from improving in other areas. In fact, GM Jerry Reese may already be hard pressed to find cap space after adding multiple players to strengthen New York's secondary and linebacking corps.
There's also the offense to consider. With the way the 2013 season went horribly wrong for Eli Manning and company, big money has to go first to a player like recently signed guard Geoff Schwartz, who can help New York improve in both the passing and rushing games.
If Wilfork can somehow be fit in with what else the Giants plan on accomplishing this offseason, then he would make a great add. If not, the team should keep bringing in lower-cost players like cornerback Walter Thurmond and linebacker Jameel McClain to build a stronger, deeper team.