Giants Surprise Players in Free Agency
The New York Giants were never expected to be big players in free agency this offseason. They were too near the cap and could not afford to sign any players to big outlandish contracts. They did nothing of the sort, but made some key moves in spite of their limited salary cap space. Some of the signings include former Oakland tight end Brandon Myers, safety Ryan Mundy, wide receiver Louis Murphy, and linebacker Dan Connor.
Myers is arguably the biggest name of these four players. After 3 relatively inactive seasons, Myers’ 4th season in Oakland was a breakout year for the newly acquired tight end. He caught 79 passes for 806 yards and 4 touchdowns after only catching a combined 32 receptions his first 3 years in the league. The Giants have a history of making whoever they have at the tight end position productive. Think Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard, Martellus Bennett. Bennett was especially effective for New York last season, and Myers has the same kind of pass catching talent Bennett did. All in all this was an excellent signing for the G-Men.
Ryan Mundy was brought in for depth at the safety position. He will likely take the spot of Kenny Phillips, who was just signed by the Philadelphia Eagles. Depth in the secondary never hurts, especially in a pass happy NFL such as today’s league is. Never a full-time starter, Mundy did play in every game over his first 4 seasons in Pittsburgh making him as reliable as a backup safety can be.
Louis Murphy might not have been brought in to log serious time at the receiver position, but he is a nice 4th or 5th option who can also return punts or perhaps even kickoffs. Murphy was likely brought in to help fill the role that Domenik Hixon has served over the last few years in New York. Hixon has torn his ACL the last two years and cannot be relied on without someone waiting to fill his spot.
For a team that did not have much cap space, the Giants did a commendable job in filling holes on their roster. They still have work to do, but that is what the draft is for.
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