By: Anthony Carbonaro
The NFL’s free agency period has started at 4 p.m. on March 9. The New York Giants have been busy this offseason.
The Giants have agreed to terms with veteran Brandon Marshall who was cut from the Jets days before free agency officially started.
His two-year deal with the team is worth $11 million with an incentive that could bring its total value to $12 million.
“They presented the best opportunity to be in a championship organization,” said new addition, Brandon Marshall.
Two years ago, Marshall had 109 receptions and 1,502 receiving yards for the Jets with Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing him the football.
Odell Beckham Jr being the number one option, it will give Marshall less double coverage to worry about, giving Eli Manning another weapon to work with.
The Giants picked up Rhett Ellison from the Minnesota Vikings. Giants’ fans were left scratching their head over this signing, it came out of nowhere.
In five NFL seasons, Ellison has played in 73 regular-season games with only 41 starts. He has 51 career receptions for 515 yards and three touchdowns.
The Giants offered $8M for the 28 year-old, five-year veteran tight end who is known as an lockdown blocker.
Tag, you’re it!
New York has officially tagged Pierre-Paul to keep him on the team.
Paul played on a one-year, $10M contract for the 2016 season. The offer on the table tendered for $17M and has not been accepted yet by the Giants’ starting defensive end.
March 17, the Giants and JPP agreed to a 4-year contract worth $62M base, up to $66 – with $40M guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport.
Victor Cruz didn’t put up great numbers after being injured for two years. With only 586 yards and one touchdown, according to nfl.com, the Super Bowl Champion has been cut just days before the free agency period. The Giants saved $7.5M in cap space and had money left over for a significant signing.
Rashad Jennings has been the Giants starting running back since 2014. The Giants saved an additional $3M in cap space.
The former San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman, according to multiple reports, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $3M. The Giants offensive line has been ranked 20 out of 32 teams last year by Pro Football Focus.
DJ Fluker has been graded 71 in 2013 and 77 in 2014. He started in 31 of 32 regular season games, plus two playoff games.
Geno Smith has been picked up by the Giants as Eli Manning’s backup.
Manning has never missed a single game in his career, but he is 36-years-old and the Giants backup QB, Ryan Nassib, has hit free agency.
Smith was an a second-round pick of the Jets in the 2013 NFL Draft. He played in 33 career games, completing 57.9% of his passes for 5,962 yards, 28 touchdowns but with 36 interceptions.