The news coincides with Tom Coughlin’s announcement at the NFL Combine this Thursday that 2014 2nd round pick Weston Richburg will have “every opportunity to compete” for the starting center position in 2015. Having added a fresh face already on the offensive line in CFL standout 23-year old Brett Jones, the Giants are not hiding the fact that they were underwhelmed with the interior offensive line play this past season and are looking to increase competition. There have been suggestions that the Giants may also move Justin Pugh to the inside if a starting quality right tackle can be found via free agency or the draft, leading potentially to a much different looking and talented interior lineup than the Giants have had recently.
For Dallas Reynolds, competition is the best he can ask for and he is no doubt a beneficiary of the numbers game general managers must play. The immediate victims on the other hand would no doubt be the more established veterans that could not get the job done for the Giants in 2014. J.D. Walton and John Jerry both joined the Giants last offseason and started the full 16 games, but have little potential for future improvement. John Jerry is an unrestricted free agent who is unlikely to receive an offer to return to New York. Walton on the other hand is still under contract, but his release would free up some cap space and allow the Giants a little more flexibility to attack other needs. It could be considered a minor miracle Walton even started the full season after last playing in just four games in 2012, and perhaps there is a chance he could return to the Giants to compete on a contract that owes him less than his current deal does.
The Giants will have limited resources in free agency to address their numerous needs, especially with the pending franchise tag designation coming to Jason Pierre-Paul. With the need to prioritize, expect Weston Richburg to be pushed to start at center and even newly signed CFL standout Brett Jones to be given a every opportunity to make an impression along the interior.