New York Giants’ NFL free-agent signings 2021: Giants go large with Kenny Golladay addition


NFL free company is off and operating, and we’re conserving observe of each main signing, commerce and launch of the 2021 offseason, with evaluation from our NFL Nation reporters and grades from our specialists. The brand new league yr started March 17, which means free-agent signings might be made official after that. The primary spherical of the 2021 NFL draft begins April 29 on ESPN.

The New York Giants enter free company this yr within the midst of rebuild with a restricted sum of money to spend. That does not imply they do not have loads of wants although. A No. 1 large receiver and dominant edge rusher are on the high of this yr’s want listing. So is one other beginning cornerback and backups at quarterback and operating again. After which there may be caring for their very own, with defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson topping the listing as they wish to carry one in every of their captains again. All of it comes all the way down to what they will make work financially.

Here is a breakdown of each 2021 NFL free-agent signing by the Giants, and the way every will influence the upcoming season:


Former Detroit Lions receiver Kenny Golladay has reached settlement with the New York Giants on a four-year, $72 million deal, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The deal will be price as much as $76 million and consists of $40 million assured, the supply mentioned.

What it means: The Giants lastly landed that No. 1 receiver for Daniel Jones. They knew it was a gaping gap, and Golladay was actually the one free-agent choice that would fill the void. So now he steps into that function and Sterling Shepard, Darius Slayton and Evan Engram can revert to being complementary gamers, the place they’re finest suited. The hope is that the Giants’ offense and Jones now make huge leaps this season with Golladay on the sphere, having the same influence to what Stephon Diggs did for Josh Allen and the Buffalo Payments. No extra excuses for Jones and this group of offensive gamers.

What is the threat: There was a cause this didn’t occur earlier. The Giants had critical questions on a few of Golladay’s off-field habits, character considerations and a hip harm that price him most of final season. He wanted to reply them earlier than New York may really feel comfy making this sizable funding. That wasn’t going to occur with out a go to. The Giants have been offered on all three, at the very least sufficient to take the gamble on him as a participant and individual. Joe Choose has talked about how not everybody suits into his program with the way in which he coaches them arduous and asks them to work. He’s hoping this determination doesn’t come again to hang-out them.


The Giants are signing the previous Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback, a supply confirmed.

What it means: The Giants have moved on from Colt McCoy as their backup to Jones. As a substitute they’ll roll with Glennon, who began 5 video games for the Jaguars final season and threw for 1,072 yards with seven landing passes and 5 interceptions. This does appear to be a match if the Giants develop into a extra vertical workforce this season. Glennon has a greater arm than McCoy and — like Jones — throws the deep ball properly. He is most likely a slight improve from McCoy, who the Giants had expressed curiosity in returning.

What is the threat: Glennon, at 6-foot-7, appears to be like the half. However he hasn’t been in a position to expertise a lot success when pushed right into a beginning function. Glennon is 6-21 as a starter in his eight skilled seasons. McCoy, whereas restricted bodily, was 1-1 final season when requested to fill in for Jones. Glennon can be on his sixth workforce in six years. There needs to be the explanation why groups are so keen to maneuver on after only one season.


The tight finish, who was launched by the Minnesota Vikings earlier this month, has reached settlement on a two-year take care of the Giants, a supply tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

What it means: The Giants have lots of tight ends, and this makes you marvel about the way forward for Evan Engram. The Giants’ beginning tight finish is slated to play 2021 on his fifth-year choice at a contact over $6 million. Rudolph is a longtime veteran who joins a crowded room with Engram, Kaden Smith and Levine Toilolo. The Giants simply restructured Toilolo’s deal, too. Clearly they needed to make a transfer at this place, as a result of they have been within the combine for Hunter Henry earlier than he signed with the Patriots. One other transfer at this place might be on the horizon.

What is the threat: Even at $6 million, this deal looks like rather a lot for a participant who missed time this previous season with accidents and is about to show 32 in November. Rudolph is on the decline. He has didn’t high 334 yards receiving every of the previous two seasons, after 4 straight years of at the very least 495 yards. On the very least, he does appear to be an improve together with his blocking.


The Giants and their twice-franchised defensive lineman reached settlement on a three-year, $63 million deal that features $45 million absolutely assured, sources inform ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

What it means: The Giants lastly locked up Williams after a multi-year dance. He is now their highest-paid participant (by a large margin) and defensive star coming off a career-best 11.5 sacks. A lot might be anticipated from him as a pacesetter and participant. The deal additionally comes on the proper time, with the Giants needing to get this completed earlier than the beginning of the brand new league yr (Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday) in an effort to have flexibility this offseason in free company. It will enable them to be extra aggressive in including gamers. The extension lowers Williams’ cap hit this season about $8.4 million in comparison with what it might have been on the franchise tag.

What is the threat: That is some huge cash. It is the fourth-most assured cash ($45 million) in Giants historical past, behind solely the offers of Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon. Williams’ assure can be second-most amongst inside defensive linemen within the NFL behind solely Aaron Donald. Can Williams reside as much as this worth? Certain he is solely 26 years outdated, however he is solely topped 5 sacks in a season twice in six years. He must repeat 2020 (or at the very least come shut) the following few seasons to ensure that this deal to work out within the Giants’ favor. It will be troublesome.

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Adam Schefter reviews that the Giants and defensive lineman Leonard Williams have agreed on a 3-year deal.

The Giants agreed to phrases on a one-year take care of the previous Detroit Lions linebacker.

What it means: The Giants added a low-cost inside linebacker. It was essential after they launched David Mayo this month. The Giants did not have a lot apart from Blake Martinez and Tae Crowder, a seventh-round rookie who flashed some promise. However the jury continues to be out on whether or not he is a big participant. Ragland performed final season in Detroit and at the very least has been a part-time starter the previous two years with the Lions and Chiefs. He gives some insurance coverage and assistance on particular groups, which at all times performs properly with Choose.

What is the threat: They nonetheless would possibly solely have one true starting-caliber inside linebacker on the roster. Ragland appears to suit finest within the part-time function he is dealt with the previous two seasons. However the cash and dedication aren’t substantial and at the very least he can function a run-stuffing linebacker, if wanted. Like a lot of the Giants’ signings to date, he is a reasonable choice who retains including to the general depth of the roster.


The previous Minnesota Vikings linebacker and Giants agreed to phrases on a one-year deal price $2.5 million, in line with a supply.

What it means: The Giants threw one other younger physique into their exterior linebacker combine. Odenigbo, 26, has 10.5 sacks the previous two seasons mixed. That is greater than anyone not named Leonard Williams. Odenigbo began 15 video games and led the Vikings with 15 quarterback hits. It definitely appears to be like as if the Giants are going to need to piece it collectively on the sting once more this season. They did not land any of the highest edge rushers in the marketplace regardless of making a powerful push for Leonard Floyd. Odenigbo is part of that blend, which incorporates Lorenzo Carter, Oshane Ximines and Carter Coughlin.

What is the threat: The Giants are as soon as once more destined to be with out a dominant edge rusher who calls for double groups. This is not Odenigbo’s fault. Actually, he is a low-risk, high-reward signing. He is kind of like this yr’s Kyler Fackrell — or a lesser model of the earlier yr’s Markus Golden — with a chance to show it on a one-year deal. The draw back is minimal, though the Giants are doing a little projecting that he suits seamlessly into their 3-4 scheme.

The Giants and the previous Cincinnati Bengals first-round decide agreed to a one-year deal price as much as $2.5 million with $1 million assured, in line with a supply.

What it means: The Giants are including much-needed pace and large receiver depth. Ross has a first-round pedigree. It did not work out for him in Cincinnati regardless of being a top-10 choice within the 2017 NFL draft. However now he will get a clear slate in a brand new metropolis to attempt to resurrect his profession. The Giants present alternative. In the intervening time, they don’t seem to be particularly deep at large receiver with Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton the one actual identified portions on the place.

What is the threat: Effectively, who’s to say that Ross can keep wholesome and produce on the NFL stage? He wasn’t in a position to do both persistently in Cincinnati, having performed in simply 27 video games and accumulating 51 catches for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns. However Ross is simply 25 years outdated and the contemporary begin is perhaps simply what he wants. That pace is uncommon and attractive. And the Giants took a shot right here for less than $1 million assured.


The Giants agreed to a two-year deal price as much as $6 million with the previous Las Vegas Raiders operating again, in line with sources.

What it means: This seemingly spells the tip of Wayne Gallman’s time with the Giants. Booker is the veteran backup behind Saquon Barkley. And the Giants wanted a veteran backup behind Barkley, as a result of their star operating again is getting back from an ACL tear. He isn’t going to return and play 100% of the snaps coming off that harm, particularly early within the season. So Booker it’s. He won’t be nearly as good a pure runner as Gallman, however he is most likely a extra well-rounded again. This was key. Boooker averaged 4.5 yards per carry final yr for the Raiders and caught 17 balls out of the backfield.

What is the threat: Although he would not have a ton of NFL mileage on his physique, Booker will flip 29 in Might. He is been a profession backup with solely seven begins to his title. It isn’t as if he is super-cheap. That is first rate backup operating again cash for a place one may argue is finest to be stuffed by an inexpensive late-round decide on a rookie contract.


The Giants introduced they’ve agreed to phrases with the defensive lineman, who spent final season as a reserve with New York.

What it means: The Giants introduced again some depth for the inside of their line of defense, a necessity with the chance Tomlinson, a coveted free agent, doesn’t return. Johnson is a run-stuffer who performed fairly properly in a rotational function final season. Ought to Tomlinson go away, Johnson may fill that void. He signed a one-year take care of the Giants final offseason, so he has familiarity within the protection and is aware of the system properly. That’s the reason this deal is sensible.

What is the threat: Not a lot. It isn’t anticipated to be a deal that breaks the financial institution and the Giants already know what they’re getting with Johnson. He is named a powerful employee, suits their tradition and performed fairly properly of their protection in 2020. It could solely be a dangerous funding if the Giants have been seeking to develop his function drastically and had him pegged as a full-time starter, however that doesn’t seem seemingly.


The Giants will carry again the five-year veteran, who spent final season in New York after beginning his profession with Denver.

What it means: The Giants may have their total kicking operation again with Kreiter snapping to holder/punter Riley Dixon with Graham Gano kicking. That may be a good factor as a result of it labored fairly properly this previous season. Gano made greater than 91% of his discipline aim and further level makes an attempt. Kreiter is a confirmed veteran and with him on board for at the very least one other season, there should not be a lot for Joe Choose and Co. to be nervous about.

What is the threat: Not a lot. Kreiter is not signed long run and for large cash. He is steady and dependable. Perhaps if the Giants have been actually attempting to save lots of each greenback in opposition to the cap they may have gone with a youthful and cheaper choice. However the financial savings would’ve been minimal and that is not the way in which they appear inclined to function contemplating the emphasis Choose, a former particular groups coordinator, places on the kicking recreation.


The Giants agreed to phrases with Board, who caught 11 passes final season in restricted obligation.

What it means: The Giants favored what they noticed sufficient final yr to carry Board again, even when it wasn’t on the restricted free agent worth of over $2 million. It will enable him to be thrown into the large receiver combine. Board caught a stable 69% of his targets final season whereas ending with 11 receptions for 101 yards. There have been even some video games the place the Giants entrusted him as their No. 3 receiver.

What is the threat: It is a primary deal the place Board must earn his spot on the roster. That limits the chance. There actually is not any draw back to having him return apart from needing the roster spot for a youthful receiver. The Giants know what they’re getting as a large receiver and returner.

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