New York Giants General Manager Jerry Reese confirmed on Saturday what most had already known: wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, defensive end Justin Tuck and linebacker Jon Beason are all expected to become unrestricted free agents when the NFL free agency period begins on March 11th.
"You never know [about them returning], but those guys deserve to see what the market is," Reese said. "We think it's best for us right now to wait and see what the market is and make our moves from there."
Although Tuck and Nicks reaching free agency seemed like a foregone conclusion, there was at least some minor expectation that the Giants would be able to re-sign Beason prior to the start of free agency. But with the long-time veteran now representing himself, Reese says it's only fair that he gets an opportunity to see what's out there.
“Free agency is free agency, which means you go out and try to get as much money as you can,” Reese added. “I’m always in favor of guys getting as much money as they can.”
Of course, Reese's answer is of the PC variety. Had he expressed interest in re-signing any of the three players or said the team was interested in bringing them back, it would have created a shifting advantage once free agency began — something the Giants often steer clear of. However, he also made it a point to note that the Giants' roster in 2014 will be drastically different and that major changes are coming.
Whether that was in direct reference to any of the three aforementioned free agents or the pool of 20+ is unclear, but given the current makeup of the team, a major overhaul was an essential inevitability.
“It’s going to be a significant difference on our roster,” Reese said. “It’s going to be a lot of young players. And obviously, we’ll go into free agency and see where we can find some guys that can fill some holes for us. And we’ll take our picks in the draft.”
Even with Beason hitting the open market, it's still safe to assume the Giants will do whatever they deem is "fair" in an effort to bring him back. The same will likely apply to Justin Tuck. But Hakeem Nicks? Probably not so much.
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