Giant Shopping Spree?

So, who exactly is on the Giants' radar as free agency is about to begin? The names will certainly surprise you. Want the latest on the likely futures of New York's free agents as well? Then, read on for all you need to know as free agency '08 kicks off…

While Gibril Wilson is all but out the door, the Giants have a few mid-level free agents on their shopping list. Baltimore WR Devard Darling, who could be a perfect third or fourth receiver, will be given a long look by Big Blue. The fourth-year player out of Washington State caught 18 passes for 326 yards and three TDs for the Ravens last season.

Another complementary offensive player could be on his way to New York. That's RB/KR Alvin Pearman from Seattle. The third-year man, who missed almost all of last year due to injury, has solid return skills and also can catch the ball out of the backfield. That talent could make him a solid addition to the reigning Super Bowl champs, especially if the Giants lose Derrick Ward to free agency. In two seasons with the Jaguars, Pearman, a Princeton, NJ native, caught 34 passes for 252 yards.

No, it's obvious the Giants don't exactly have any huge names on their radar, at least as of yet. But a year after Jerry Reese's only signing was Kawika Mitchell and the club won the Super Bowl, would you really expect Reese to handle things any differently? As for New York's own free agents, it'd be shocking if Wilson isn't snatched up very early in free agency, with the Giants failing to even come close to matching the numbers he hopes to get, reportedly in the $4 million a year range.

The news on Mitchell is better, however. It seems that his agent has told Mitchell that the Giants might actually be his best bet, as far as money and defensive scheme is concerned. Don't expect the Giants to throw a lot of money his way, but don't be surprised to see the Giants lock him up for the next couple years in the relatively near future.

It looks as if Ward might find a new home. At least a few clubs view him as a number-two RB, while, barring injury, he won't rise any higher than number three in New York, behind Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw.

You can expect the free-agency news and rumors to be flying fast and furious in the coming hours and days. And you can expect to have all the information you'll need to stay informed.

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