So far this off-season has been a different feel for Giants fans. The Giants are actually serious buyers in the free agency market which, if we’re being honest, we’re not used to seeing.
A lot to be excited about for a Giants fan, they’re finally looking like a middle-of-the-pack team looking to make a potential wild-card spot push. Maybe even look like contenders for an already weaker NFC East.
1. Re-signing D-Lineman Leonard Williams
The Giants agreed to a 3-year $63 million deal with defensive lineman Leonard Williams along with a $45 million guarantee.
The former No. 6 overall pick went off in his first year on the Giants. He totaled 11.5 sacks and 57 tackles, leading New York’s defense to a top-10 finish in points allowed. The Giants originally acquired Williams in October of 2018 in a trade with the Jets.
Re-signing Williams was almost a must for GM Dave Gettleman. Williams brings a solid mix of a speed and power rush for the Giant’s d-line and it’s safe to say this defense isn’t nearly the same without him bringing pressure and getting to the backfield on almost every snap.
With Leonard back, he can make the giants the d-line a scary sight for QB’s along with an already decent, and now more experienced defense to go along with him.
2. Signing Wide Reciever Kenny Golladay
This is the move that will make Giants fans excited, as Kenny Golladay was arguably the best receiver in this year’s free agency class. The Giants got Golladay for a 4-year $72 million contract with $40 million guaranteed. Some may argue that it’s slightly overpriced but regardless, this was a move that had to be done.
Golladay will more than likely be the Giants’ new No. 1 target at receiver. He played his first 4 seasons with the Detroit Lions. He led the NFL with 11 touchdown catches in 2019, and twice exceeded the 1,000-yard mark. Golladay only played in 5 games in 2020 due to a hip injury.
The 27-year-old Golladay played in 47 games and started in 39 of them within Detroit. His career totals include 183 receptions for 3,068 yards and 21 touchdowns. Giants fans may finally have their playmaker that we so desperately needed on offense.
3. Signing Tight End Kyle Rudolph
The Giants signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a 2-year $12 million contract. This will be huge for the Giants and hopefully solve the consistency problem we experienced at TE with Evan Ingram in the 2020 season
Rudolph’s season was cut short due to a foot injury but he was still able to tally 28 catches for 334 yards and 1 touchdown. When at his best Rudolph is one of the most reliable and sure-handed TEs in the NFL, he doesn’t drop passes, and he doesn’t fumble the ball.
After the season Ingram had last year it was clear the Giants could at least use a solid backup. Ingram had a pro-bowl season and put up very good numbers, but was very unreliable especially down the stretch. Rudolph coming along could work one of two ways; Rudolph can bring the consistency they need at TE, or this can put pressure on Ingram to become a better TE.
4. Signing Cornerback Adoree Jackson
The Giants added some depth to the secondary by inking Adoree Jackson to a 3-year $26.5 million contract along with a $13.5 million signing bonus. Jackson will add some depth to a very shallow 2020 secondary.
In 46 career games, Jackson recorded 200 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 33 pass deflections, and 2 interceptions. Jackson has also 53 punts for 464 yards, and 27 kickoffs for 601 yards, an addition to the secondary along with a weapon on special teams.
Jackson had a slow 2020 season but looks to bounce back with a change of scenery with the New York Giants. Jackson had some injuries which caused him to miss 13 games and when he was on the field he appeared to be rusty. Jackson looks for a bounce-back year in 2021.
5. Signing Wide Reciever John Ross
Another move the Giants made on offense was signing John Ross to a 1-year $2.25 million contract with $1 million guaranteed. Another weapon to go alongside new signee Kenny Golladay
Ross was the ninth overall pick in the 2017 draft and a 3-year vet for the Cincinnati Bengals. So far in his career, he’s played in 27 games starting in 20 of them. He’s caught 51 passes for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns.
In 2020, Ross only played in 3 games. He caught 2 passes for 17 yards both in the season opener vs. the Los Angeles Chargers. He was inactive for the last 5 games of the season after being sidelined with a foot injury.