It did not take long for the New York Giants to let some of their free agent interests be known. And mere hours after the "legal tampering" period began in the NFL, Big Blue had inquired about Tennessee Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner and Baltimore Ravens defensive end/defensive tackle Arthur Jones.
Their interest in Verner, which was first reported by the New York Daily News, speaks volumes about their willingness to spend in free agency. Unlike many of the free agent inquiries that fans refer to as "bargain shopping" for General Manager Jerry Reese, Verner represents a top-of-the-line talent who is one of the better available at his position. He's also going to get paid as such.
In addition to Verner, the Giants also inquired about Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields, but he was promptly re-signed by Green Bay to a four-year, $39 million contract.
With Corey Webster's contract voided and Terrell Thomas a pending free agent, the need at cornerback for the Giants is very real. How much emphasis was going to be placed on rectifying that situation however, was up for debate. It now becomes clear that cornerback is a priority.
Meanwhile, the team also inquired about defensive end/defensive tackle Arthur Jones, who could also find himself at the end of a large pay day. He is said to be in "high demand" around the league already, but would likely represent a potential replacement for Linval Joseph of Justin Tuck if signed.
In addition to the Giants, the Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis Rams, Minnesota Vikings and New York Jets have reportedly expressed in Verner, while the Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins have both also expressed interest in Jones.
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