Free Agent & Player Notes

Updating Giants latest signings and who is on the hot seat. "We have to be better than we were last year (the Giants were 11-5 in 2005) because we are in a very strong division and all the other teams got better, too. You can't really expect to get into the playoffs if you can't get out of your division." -- General manager Ernie Accorsi.

Williams, Boo (New York Giants) (06/09/2006)

TE Eddie Lee "Boo" Williams, 6-feet-4 and 265 pounds, who spent the 2005 season out of football because of a knee injury (torn anterior cruciate ligament) that required surgery, signed with the Giants. He was released by the Saints on Feb. 23.

With his background -- he played in all 16 New Orleans games from 2002 through 2004 -- they hope the backup position behind Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey is more secure than with just Visanthe Shiancoe, who was a third-round draft pick out of small-school Troy State (Ala.) in 2003 who has never fully vindicated that status.

Kranchick, Matt (* Free Agents) (06/09/2006)

TE Matt Kranchick, 6-7 and 260, was released by the Giants. He joined the team on Dec. 19, 2005, and played in two games at the end of the season.

Hasselbeck, Tim (New York Giants) (06/09/2006)

QB Tim Hasselbeck's days with the Giants could be numbered with the signing of backup Rob Johnson. Hasselbeck was the backup to Eli Manning last year, taking that job from Jesse Palmer (now with San Francisco). But there are still reports that the team isn't satisfied with this nominal upgrade, and the names Jay Fiedler and former Giant Kerry Collins continue to surface.

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