As the Linebacker Turns

While the Giants need secondary help, what they will do at Linebacker is also intriguing. Due to salary cap constraints and savings, expect some major moves to be made at the linebacker position this offseason.

Despite the Giants' obvious need for secondary help, most of the offseason news thus far has surrounded the linebacker position. First off, Barrett Green, signed two years ago to be the playmaking LB the club's been missing since the departure of Jessie Armstead, will be released in the coming days. Green's release will save Big Blue close to $1.4 million under the cap.

New York's other big LB signing, Carlos Emmons, is safe though, after some rumors that he would also jettisoned. Emmons will continue to start on the weak side while Reggie Torbor will man the strong side, although multiple sources in the organization believe the two should switch spots.

Where's this leave Nick Greisen, the free agent that's been their most consistent backer the last two seasons? Without a job in New York; that's where. The club has yet to even contact Greisen, who would love to land somewhere and become a starting middle linebacker. However, with Antonio Pierce, who's expected to be fully recovered by training camp, manning the middle, Greisen has nowhere to play in New York and is expected to test the open market when free agency begins on March 3.

Also not to be ignored is the fact that the 49ers plan to let Julian Peterson reach free agency. Peterson has been an Ernie Accorsi favorite since his playing days at Michigan State.

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