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New York Giants Made Calls to More than 235 Free Agents

April 16th, 2014 at 2:15 PM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants have been the most active team in free agency this year, signing or re-signing more than 20 total free agents. But that's really just the tip of the iceberg, as General Manager Jerry Reese actually put in calls to more than half of the 471 free agents that hit the open market on March 11th.

Although the number seems vast when you put pen to paper, it's really not outside the norm for the Giants to do such intensive due-diligence. After all, this is the same team that lives by the mantra "we investigate everything" — not to mention their old fall-back mantra, "never say never."

The collective names of the players contacted by Big Blue may never be publicly known, but it would be a relatively safe bet to assume they put a call in to nearly every single player/player agent at a position of need for them. And then, of course, probably a few other 'shot in the dark calls" as well.

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New York Giants, Quarterback Josh Freeman Agree to Terms: Report

April 16th, 2014 at 11:50 AM
By Dan Benton

The New York Giants had free agent quarterback Josh Freeman in for a visit on Tuesday, but he initially left without a contract. However, that was apparently only a temporary hiccup as the two sides agreed to terms on a contract early Wednesday afternoon, reports Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports 1.

Freeman was among several players to visit the Giants on Tuesday, joining defensive tackle Kevin Williams and wide receiver LaRon Byrd as the others. The team was also initially scheduled to meet with quarterback Matt Flynn, but he re-signed with the Green Bay Packers before that workout could happen.

With Eli Manning coming off of a minor ankle surgery, which will likely cause him to miss most of the offseason workout program, the Giants are in need of a veteran quarterback to join second-year player Ryan Nassib and last year's back-up, Curtis Painter.

Although much will be made of the Freeman signing, what it means for Nassib and what it says about Manning's health, the reality is the Giants had always planned to carry four quarterbacks into training camp. And like Nassib and Painter, Freeman will merely be there as competition. The team still has every intention on moving forward with Eli as the starter, while hoping Nassib takes over as No. 2.

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New York Giants’ Eli Manning “Glad” DeMarcus Ware is No Longer in NFC East

April 16th, 2014 at 11:00 AM
By Dan Benton

For most of his New York Giants career, Eli Manning has been forced to deal with a thorn in his side known as DeMarcus Ware. But no more. After being released by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this offseason, Ware now calls Denver home — the same place Eli's older Brother, Peyton Manning, also calls home.

The most important part of Ware signing with the Denver Broncos? His exit from the NFC East, which is something Peyton admits his brother reveled in.

"Eli told me he was glad DeMarcus Ware was leaving his division, will no longer be hitting him," Peyton told USA Today.

Ware has routinely dominated the Giants over the course of his nine-year NFL career, sacking Easy-E a total of 13 1/2 times — more than any other quarterback in the league. But it's never just ended there, as Ware has found other ways to get to Manning & Co., including an interception of his very first pass of the 2013 regular season.

Luckily for Eli, the only time he'd possibly see Ware in 2014 would be in Super Bowl XLIX — and we're sure he'd accept that as a special circumstance.

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New York Giants Considered “Extreme Longshots” to Land WR Sidney Rice

April 16th, 2014 at 8:55 AM
By Dan Benton

By now it's clear that the New York Giants are not done addressing the wide receiver position. Whether they opt to sign another veteran free agent or if they decide to address the position in the draft (or both) remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: they're looking at all available options.

Those options include former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver LaRon Byrd, who visited with the team on Tuesday, and former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice, whom they've reportedly expressed some interest in recently. However, Byrd came and went without a contract and The Star-Ledger is now reporting that Big Blue should be considered an "extreme longshot" to land Rice.

Depending on how you would view the odds, it does seem somewhat unlikely that the Giants would engage in a bidding war — should it come to that — for Rice, but as of earlier this week, only three other teams had expressed interest in Rice: the Seattle Seahawks, Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints.

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New York Giants End All Tuesday Meetings with No New Signees … Yet

April 16th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

Tuesday has come and gone, and despite a large number of players in East Rutherford working out for the New York Giants, the team made it through the day without any transactions. In other words, defensive tackle Kevin Williams, quarterback Josh Freeman and wide receiver LaRon Byrd all left without contracts, while quarterback Matt Flynn re-signed with the Green Bay Packers and failed to even meet with Big Blue.

"[There's] nothing to report," Williams told the Star Tribune. "Had a good visit and gonna see what happens!"

Although each player left without a deal, it remains an open possibility that the Giants could reach back out and come to terms with one or more from this group in the near future. Both Williams and Freeman remain the most likely to receive a return phone call, while Byrd is now on his way to Texas to meet with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants, of course, do have a need in each of these areas and have been poking around quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive tackles for the better part of the last couple of weeks. And while none were signed on Tuesday, it remains inevitable — especially at the quarterback position — that they add someone before training camp begins.

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