Free Agents Signed:
Eli Penny, fullback (restricted) – resigned to two-year, 2.2 million dollar deal
Leonard Williams, defensive lineman – franchise tag, one year 16.1 million)
David Mayo, inside linebacker- resigned to three year, 8.4 million dollar deal
Blake Martinez, linebacker – three years, 30 million
James Bradberry, cornerback – three years, 45 million
Kyler Fackrell, outside linebacker/edge – one year, 4.6 million
Levine Toilolo, tight end – two years, 6.2 million
Free Agents Lost: None
Just minutes after the clock struck midnight on the first day of the legal tampering period, the Giants made two moves to shore up their defense. First, they came to terms with former Packers linebacker Blake Martinez on a three-year contract. Martinez has been a team captain and leader in his time with the Packers. He’s led the team in tackling every season, and was second in the league last year. They also signed James Bradberry from the Carolina Panthers, and he’s coming off a season where he had a solid campaign, allowing just 56% of passes thrown his way to be completed, while having more interceptions (3) than touchdowns allowed (2).
Adding Martinez and Bradberry is a good starting point for the Giants upgrading one of the worst defenses in the league, though they still have moves to make. Since Martinez and David Mayo have similar skill sets, the Giants might be best served finding a coverage linebacker who can play on all three downs. They also have to find a pass rusher, or try and resign defensive end Markus Golden.
On offense, the team signed tight end Levine Toilolo to a two year deal. Expect him to be part of a tandem alongside Evan Engram where he serves as a blocker, especially in run situations. This fits a need for the Giants, as the offensive line is still a work in progress, particularly at the tackle spots.
Report Card Grade: B
All in all, the Giants made some solid, albeit unspectacular moves. The best thing about their moves so far is a lack of long term commitments to tie up their cap sheet in the future. GM Dave Gettleman still has some work to do on both sides of the ball, but the franchise is headed in the right direction.
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