Here’s the latest NFL free agency buzz as it pertains to the Giants…
March 19, 10:23 a.m.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Ravens have reached out to Kenny Golladay‘s agent.
Golladay’s meeting with the Giants reportedly was extending into Friday.
The Ravens have a need at the WR position for 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson, arguably more-so than the Giants. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown led the team in receiving yards last year with 769 – in Jackson’s MVP season, Brown’s 584 yards was the most throughout their WR core.
March 19, 9:28 a.m.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph‘s contract with the Giants is worth less than originally thought.
Rudolph’s deal, which was originally said by his agent to be two years and $16 million before being revised to two years and “up to” $14 million is actually only guaranteed to be two years and $12 million, a source told SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano.
Rudolph can earn an additional $2 million via incentives.
He will get $4.5 million in guaranteed money for the 2021 season, with a cap hit of $4.75 million.
March 18, 9:13 p.m.
The Giants are adding another piece to their defense.
SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reports that the Giants are signing linebacker Reggie Ragland to a one-year deal.
The Alabama product was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2016, but missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL. He was then traded and played his first three pro seasons in Kansas City (helping the Chiefs win a Super Bowl) before spending the 2020 season with the Detroit Lions.
Ragland has recorded 212 career tackles with 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one interception.
March 18, 2:40 p.m.
Kenny Golladay will have to get a rapid COVID test before he’s even allowed to enter the Giants’ facility Thursday for his meeting with the team, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported.
Assuming it’s negative, his first meetings will take place shortly after that. His physical will be at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. It’s likely the Giants will want him to have an MRI to check on the hip that kept him out of 11 games last season in Detroit.
March 18, 2:10 p.m.
According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Kenny Golladay will be visiting the Giants Thursday afternoon and they expect to host him at night as well.
This is a big development for the Giants, especially if they’re trying to get a deal done. There are other parties interested in the 27-year-old wideout, so now would be the best time to get a deal done before Golladay goes somewhere else.
The interest has been clear for quite some time. Maybe something good for both sides comes out of the visit. We’ll wait and see.
March 18, 10:20 a.m.
The Giants have landed a new backup for Daniel Jones with QB Mike Glennon signing with New York, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The 31-year-old Glennon played for his fifth NFL team last season, starting five games for the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he and the team went 0-5. He put up 1,072 yards for seven touchdowns and five interceptions with a 62 percent completion percentage.
Not a bad deal for the Giants, as Alex Tanney retired and Colt McCoy was only on a one-year deal. Glennon is definitely a serviceable backup, and could be solid for the Giants if Jones goes down for a couple games like he did in 2020.
March 18, 10:00 a.m.
Former Patriots LB Brandon Copeland has a visit planned with the Giants, per ESPN’s Michael Rothstein.
Copeland played just six games in New England last season, but spent two seasons with the Jets prior to that. So he knows MetLife Stadium pretty well.
Copeland doesn’t have the sack numbers that you might expect from an outside backer, totaling 7.0 in five seasons (66 games). During his time in New York, he also had to serve a PED suspension back in 2019.
The University of Pennsylvania product turns 30 before the 2021 season kicks off.
March 17, 9:28 p.m.
The Giants added an edge rusher, bringing in former Viking Ifeadi Odenigbo on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.
Over the past two seasons (31 games), Odenigbo has 10.5 sacks and 58 total tackles. He wasn’t tendered as a restricted free agent by Minnesota.
This is a low-risk, high-reward signing as the Giants hope Odenigbo can fit Patrick Graham‘s scheme and work with others on the roster already like Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines.
March 15, 8:37 p.m.
The Giants have agreed to sign RB Devontae Booker to a two-year deal worth up to $6 million, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano confirms.
Booker rushed for 423 yards on 93 carries and caught 17 passes for 84 yards with the Raiders last season.
March 15, 7:44 p.m.
Austin Johnson‘s contract details have been reported. The Athletic’s Dan Duggan reports that the Giants gave Johnson a one-year, $3 million deal that is fully guaranteed and includes up to $500,000 in incentives.
March 15, 5:47 p.m.
The Giants have resigned DT Austin Johnson, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano confirms.
The Giants are in need of help on the line with the thought that Dalvin Tomlinson is unlikely to return.
Johnson joined the Giants last season and played in all 16 games. He finished 2020 with 18 total tackles, two TFLs, one sack and one force fumble.
The Giants also announced that Nate Ebner, who is set to be a free agent this offseason, will try out for U.S. Olympic Rugby team. He already represented the U.S. once back in 2016.
March 15, 1:28 p.m.
Wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano reported could be at the top of the Giants’ list, might not be as expensive as originally thought.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Golladay’s deal could come in at between $14 million and $16 million per season.
In order to afford Golladay even at that price, the Giants have work to do to clear more cap space.
Signing Leonard Williams to a long-term extension and finalizing a restructure with Nate Solder are two ways the Giants can clear additional room.
Mar. 15, 12:46 p.m.
Shaq Barrett‘s new deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be worth up to $72 million, with $36 million guaranteed, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Barrett’s contract will help set the market for edge rushers, and could have an impact on the ceiling of a potential Leonard Williams extension.