Assessing the Giants’ 2024 free agency additions and trades

By | April 14, 2024

With the so-called legal tampering period in full swing, we’re going to do a quick analysis and try to put numbers on the moves the Giants have made so far. We will update this post with analysis of any new movements reported in the coming days.

Things didn’t start well for the Giants on Monday, with the news that they were key players Saquon Barkley And Xavier McKinney had agreed to make big deals with the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers, respectively. Giants fans were also frustrated with the team’s inability to land a pass catcher.

However, New York bounced back by agreeing to some important steps. Here’s what we think of what they’ve reportedly done so far…

G Jon Runyan Jr. – A three-year deal worth up to $30 million has been agreed

Runyan is a solid addition to a group that desperately needs reinforcements. While the final cost may have been higher than expected, that turned out to be the case for most of the guards who agreed terms on Monday, so the deal is a reasonable fit for the current market.

Runyan brings experience, smarts and athleticism to the interior and will look to build on a 2023 season in which he did an excellent job in pass protection. The Giants hope he can improve his consistency as a run blocker and show better discipline on the field in the coming seasons.

We have described this signing in detail here.

Starting grade: B-

RB Devin Singletair – A three-year deal worth up to $19.5 million has been agreed

It was a big blow for the Giants to lose Barkley and whoever they brought in to replace him would clearly be downgraded. Nevertheless, New York at least addressed this quickly by signing a deal with one of the better young players on the market.

The 26-year-old Singletary has been consistently productive during his four years in Buffalo and one year in Houston. Last season he rushed for more than 800 yards and caught 30 passes for the third year in a row. The former third-round pick has six games in five seasons rushing for more than 100 yards.

The Giants will pay Singletary about half of what the Eagles will pay Barkley. So while it may be unrealistic to expect Singletary to replace Barkley’s contributions, he could still provide them with good value for money if he can get close enough to Barkley’s projected numbers.

Starting grade: B-

OT Jermaine Eluemunor – Agreed to terms on a two-year contract reportedly worth $14 million

In another move that strengthens their offensive line, the Giants agreed to a reasonably priced deal with a player who had done an excellent job as a full-time starter with the Las Vegas Raiders the past two seasons.

Eluemunor was essentially a journeyman his first few years in the league, but he landed a role with Las Vegas and will be a reliable option to compete for a starting role, or move from the bench into a swing tackle role.

Although primarily a right tackle, Eluemunor has played on the left side on occasion and also has some experience lining up inside, so he will give the Giants useful flexibility in case of any injuries and as they decide whether to whether or not to go further. Evan Neal.

The move should also give the Giants some flexibility in the draft, as they now don’t necessarily have to draft a tackle with their first pick and could perhaps use that selection on a pass catcher.

Starting grade: B

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THE Brian Brands – Acquired via trade from Carolina Panthers and signed five-year extension worth up to $150 million

With the big blockbuster on the first day, New York traded one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. Burns was acquired for the 39th overall pick in April’s upcoming draft, along with a fifth-round selection in 2025.

In five years with the Panthers, Burns was one of the most consistently productive defensive ends in the NFL as he averaged more than nine sacks per season and went to the Pro Bowl twice. He gives the team a dynamic edge on a defensive line that already includes one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL Dexter Laurenslike Kayvon Thibodeaux who finishes a season with 11.5 sacks.

While the extension the Giants are reportedly signing Burns to is a major financial commitment, this move should allow New York to build around what will be one of the most dangerous pass rushes in the NFL over the next few seasons.

Initial grade: A

QB Drew Slot – Agreed to terms and conditions for an annual contract

Of Tyrod Taylor As they moved across town to join the Jets, the Giants clearly wanted veteran insurance behind the return Daniel Jones, so they came to an agreement with Lock on Tuesday. The 27-year-old former second-round pick has a 9-14 record in his 23 career starts but started just two games last season. Geno Smith‘s backup in Seattle.

This means the Giants were not prepared to enter the 2024 season Tommy DeVito as their number two, despite winning three starts in the second half of last season.

It could also undermine some rumors that New York would consider a trade to select a quarterback in the draft.

Starting grade: C

S Jalen Mills – Agreement reached on an annual contract

After McKinney’s departure, the Giants needed a veteran safety who could bring some experience to their secondary. Mills fits the bill here, as the 29-year-old former seventh-round pick has started 83 games in his career.

Mills, who has also played at the cornerback position during his career, would provide good depth and flexibility to the defensive back unit. However, he would likely be a stopgap option who wouldn’t necessarily be expected to start alongside Jason Pinnock next season and would likely not prevent them from drafting or signing another potential starting option.

Starting grade: C

Remark: The Giants also made some moves just before the window for legal tampering opened, as they reportedly agreed to terms to bring back two of their own free agents: linebacker. Carter Coughlin and long snapper Casey Kreiter. These are small additions, but will strengthen the Giants’ special teams.

WR Isaiah McKenzie – Agreed to terms, according to his agents.

The Giants’ active start to the free agency period continued with another move to land a player in an area of ​​need, but not necessarily one that will prevent them from making further moves at the position.

The 28-year-old McKenzie has been a reliable fourth or fifth option throughout his career and can also produce on jet sweeps and in the return game. He’s not really a viable starter, though, as he’s never reached 500 yards from scrimmage in a season. McKenzie’s most productive season came in 2022, when he caught 42 passes.

This is unlikely to be an expensive signing and should be seen as a deep step, perhaps replacing roles previously filled Sterling Shepard And Parris Campbellall of whom are free agents.

Starting grade: C

DL Jordan Phillips – Signed to an undisclosed deal

Phillips is a recognizable name, but he never quite became the impact player he seemed to be when he broke out with a 9.5-sack campaign in 2019. Other than that season, he has never had more than three sacks and only nine. total over the past four seasons, despite starting 27 games.

Nevertheless, he is still a solid veteran who got a lot of playing time with the Bills DaQuan Jones was injured last season. He hopes to prove he still has something left in the tank at age 31, despite reportedly considering retirement at the end of the 2023 season. Phillips will provide the Giants with valuable experience on the defensive line and should help improve the depth of the defensive interior A’Shawn Robinson‘s departure.

Starting grade: C

TE Jack Stoll and TE Chris Manhertz – Both signed one-year low-level deals

The Giants have added to their depth at the tight end position by signing two players who have started a combined 79 games at the NFL level. Neither is an impact player, but both can slide into a reserve or blocking specialist role, especially if Darren Waller chooses to retire as rumored.

The pair only caught seven passes last year, so neither player is likely to make or break the Giants’ season, but the team has at least bolstered its depth so Daniel Bellinger could take on a bigger role or they could explore draft options if they lose Waller.

Starting grade: C-

Conclusions and final grade

New York made a big move by adding Burns, and the cost in terms of draft compensation seems reasonable considering the Giants still have three top-70 picks in April’s draft. Burns can take the pass rush to another level and the team retained the flexibility to make other impact additions through the draft.

The offense hasn’t generated the same kind of headlines, but the offensive line has been strengthened with the additions of Runyan and Eluemunor and some depth has been added at the skill positions. Devin Singletair will be under pressure to produce as the new lead running back.

These additions should be tempered by the fact that the Giants suffered some key losses to NFC rivals Barkley and McKinney, and the uncertainty surrounding Daniel Jones‘ long-term status as a starter with the draft just around the corner.

Starting grade: B-

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