The New York Giants face an offseason full of rebuilding and revitalizing. They have already started by hiring a new offensive coordinator and began the meeting process with the unrestricted free agents on the team – all thirty or so. Among them is cornerback Aaron Ross.
Ross played for the Giants since 2007, briefly playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars during the 2012 season and returning to the Giants this past season. Although Big Blue took him back this season, Ross has not made any huge plays for the team this year. With only 1 interception and 4 tackles it is difficult to see the Giants putting up the money to bring him back, especially at age 31.
It would probably be a wise decision to let Ross go in order to free up money for draft picks and to sign other unrestricted free agents in the league. If the Giants went ahead and let Ross go for good, there could be a few free agents around the league that could more successfully fill in him place.
While the Ravens will struggle to hold on to what is left of their Super Bowl winning team, cornerback Corey Graham is one of the talented free agents the Giants could both use and afford. Coming in at an expected contract cost of less than $2 million, Graham has numbers in the books that could add to the already decent defense the Giants have built. In the 2013, Graham had 74 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced-fumble, and a fantastic 4 interceptions. While the Giants have a strong defense, they need one that makes more plays to get the ball back to the offense, something Graham could contribute to.
Another slightly cheaper option the Giants may want to consider is Cincinnati Bengals defensive back, Chris Crocker. Although slightly older, Crocker still had a solid 2013 season. He had 37 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 1 interception. Crocker provides a supportive position at cornerback with his statistics and price. The Giants could sign him for a shorter contract and see how well he adds to the team's defense.
The Giants have a lot of building to do for the 2014 season, and we will expect big changes in the lineup, starting with the free agent meetings and signings.