New Giants GM Dave Gettleman has to turn around a 3-13 team, which means being active in this mid-March free agency frenzy and then hitting big in late April’s draft.
The big fish in the offensive line market are Andrew Norwell, the Carolina Panthers’ All-Pro left guard, and Nate Solder, the New England Patriots’ two-time Super Bowl champion left tackle.
The Giants also have plenty unrestricted free agents of their own, including top offensive lineman Justin Pugh, running back Orleans Darkwa, guard D.J. Fluker and corner Ross Cockrell.
They had about $26.5 million of cap space as of Monday morning, March 12, heading into free agency with the draft also in mind.
We’ll bring you all the latest news through Monday’s and Tuesday’s free agent negotiation period, through Wednesday’s official opening of free agency at 4 p.m.
Keep it here for updates throughout the week:
March 12: The Giants re-signed offensive guard Jon Halapio, an exclusive rights free agent, for the 2018 season. Re-signing ERFAs requires only a minimal salary and increase from the veteran’s previous season. Halapio, 26, made a base salary of $465,000 in 2017. ERFAs have less leverage even than restricted free agents. Once they’re tendered, they can’t negotiate with other teams. Halapio was a bright spot late last season, starting the final six games at guard, including in Week 17, when Darkwa rushed for a career-high 154 yards in a win over Washington.
March 11: The Giants release corner Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie, 31, saving $6.5 million of cap space
March 10: The Giants release punter Brad Wing, 27, saving slightly more than $1 million of cap space
March 7: The Giants acquire linebacker Alec Ogletree, 26, and a 2019 seventh-round pick from the Los Angeles Rams in a trade for the Giants’ 2018 compensatory fourth-round pick (135th overall) and sixth-round pick (176th). The Giants reportedly are expected to convert Ogletree’s 2018 roster bonus to a signing bonus, which would reduce his 2018 cap hit to $4.5 million.
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