Williams should stay but Stone 's a goner

With former Giants already joining other clubs - Jessie Armstead (Redskins), Sam Garnes (Jets) and Joe Montgomery (Panthers) - the Giants are now turning their attention to keeping their own free agents.

Big Blue's top priority is retaining Shaun Williams, but the Tennessee Titans have jumped to the forefront and are making a serious run at the versatile safety. The Giants have the money under the cap to retain Williams, but management doesn't seem to think anything will happen in the very near future, although the Giants remain confident that he'll be back in 2002.

The club would also like to re-sign Joe Jurevicius, but will certainly not get into a bidding war for the wideout. Jurevicius is scheduled to visit the Broncos, but both he and his agent retain that returning to New York is their ideal situation.

As for two-time Pro Bowler Ron Stone, the Giants have basically figured that he's a goner. Stone visited the Falcons and is expecting an offer from former head coach Dan Reeves.

As for New York's two big contract headaches - Michael Strahan and Kerry Collins - it appears more and more likely that Big Blue will allow both players to play out the final year of their contracts. It was believed that New York would be unable to get under the $71.1 million salary cap without re-doing at least one of those pacts, but the Giants proved those beliefs wrong.

As for incoming free agents, there's a chance that Redskins free agent LB Shawn Barber may vist, but contrary to previous reports, there is no date scheduled as of yet. Former 'Skins OL Dave Szott desperately wants to become a Giant, but the club doesn't seem to share the same desire. One Giants official said the club would be just fine entering 2002 with a starting OL of (left to right) Chris Bober, Rich Seubert, Dusty Zeigler, Jason Whittle and Luke Petitgout. Boy wouldn't the rest of the NFC East love that.

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