The New York Giants have certainly made a splash in this year’s free agency period. Having handed out the richest contract ever for a defensive end, along with the second richest contract in the league for a cornerback, the Giants cap space has dropped from $58M to nearly $19M. With the focus going into free agency being defense, the Giants may have dug themselves into a hole offensively.
Odell Beckham Jr. carried the offense for all of the 2015 season. However, that being said, the Giants need to acquire another reliable option for quarterback Eli Manning. Rueben Randle is likely signing with another team, and the Giants cannot rely on Victor Cruz to fill the shoes as a reliable option for Manning, as Cruz has not played in an NFL game for nearly two years. The Giants wide receiver targets, sMarvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, have already been signed making what was an already thin wide receiver market just that much thinner.
The most likely option for the Giants at this point would be Anquan Boldin. The major downside for the Giants signing Boldin is his age. Boldin turns 36 this season. Although 36 is quite old for a receiver, with Manning being 35, Boldin’s age shouldn’t be a concern as the Giants quarterback unfortunately doesn’t have many years left. Boldin stands at 6-foot-1 giving Manning a much bigger option than the 5’-foot-11 Beckham. Boldin has an average of 1,015 yards and nearly 6 touchdowns per year in his 13 year career. Boldin is coming off a below average year posting 789 yards and 4 touchdowns with the 49ers, but in fairness to Boldin, he had a mixture of Blaine Gabbert and Colin Kaepernick throwing him the football. Boldin would make an excellent fit as the Giants are looking to win now with Manning heading into the back nine of his career.
Reuniting with James Jones is also a possibility at the second wide receiver position. Jones signed with the Giants last offseason, but asked for his release during training camp in an effort to return to his longtime team, the Green Bay Packers. Jones put up incredible numbers with the Packers last season considering he was expected to be the fourth string wide receiver for the Giants. Jones posted 890 yards along with 8 touchdowns helping the Packers reach the playoffs. The Giants front office would have to make sure Jones wouldn’t make another spontaneous decision to return to the Packers, but if he is interested, Jones would make a great signing considering the few options left.
Here’s an extremely unlikely, but interesting target for the Giants: Cleveland Browns wide receiver, Josh Gordon. It is certainly fun to imagine Beckham and his good friend Gordon lining up across from each other with Cruz in the slot, but that being said, the chance of the Giants trading for the drug involved Gordon is very unrealistic. In 2014, Gordon only played 5 games due to suspension. In 2015, Gordon was suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. The Giants are known to have a very conservative front office, so trading for a player who has been linked to drugs is unlikely.
At the end of the day, the Giants could go into the 2016 season with Beckham, Cruz, and Dwayne Harris as their receiving options. Ideally, however, the Giants could and should use some of their remaining cap money to.