The New York Giants don’t have a lot of limited space to work with this season unless they make some drastic roster decisions. Here are five freelancers they should be targeting this holiday season.
The 2021 season is a disaster for Giants in New York. It was enough for them to allow general manager Dave Gettleman to “retire” and fire head coach Joe Judge after a defeat in the second half of the season, compounded with sneaks at defenders in New York territory.
For the first time since bringing in George Young in the ’70s, the Giants hired a general manager from outside their organization with Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen. Soon after, New York hired the Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll as the team’s next head coach.
The Giants aren’t in enviable territory given Gettleman’s departure from the organization, as they exceeded the $11 million salary cap threshold. In retrospect, it doesn’t make much sense for a crippled CEO with three disastrous seasons on his resume to spend big bucks on freelance agency. But we are off topic.
New York won’t be shopping at the top of the freelance market this holiday season, but they may be looking for more affordable options to contract to fill the need on their list. Here are five free agents the Giants should aim for.
5. DeShon Elliott, WILL
The Giants saw defensive coordinator Patrick Graham leave New York to take on a similar position with the Las Vegas Raiders. The Giants then interviewed the candidates and ultimately decided to hire Don “Wink” Martindale for their vacancy. It was a great signing for the Giants, considering how good the Baltimore Ravens defense was under him.
With Martindale bringing in a new defensive formation to the Giants, it makes sense for him to bring in some players who know how to deploy it. One free agent they should aim for is safety DeShon Elliott.
Raven picked Elliott in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Elliott has had his fair share of injuries throughout his youth career. During his first full season in 2020, Elliott scored a total of 80 tackles, 4 defensive passes, 2.5 misses and 2 clumsy catches. During that year’s coverage, he allowed 23 finishes in 342 yards and three touches on 39 goals, per professional football reference.
Last season, Elliott played six games due to torn biceps and pectoral muscles. He made a total of 23 tackles and one interception.
The Giants are expected to lose the Jabrill Peppers to the agency release this season. They could bring in Elliott as a depth after Xavier McKinney and Logan Ryan.
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