Defining Moments: Giants Suffer Setback as Top Free Agents Slip Away

Giants Suffer Setback as Top Free Agents Slip Away

The New York Giants navigated the first day of “legal tampering” with some progress but also missed opportunities.

Key Losses:

  • Running Back: Saquon Barkley bolted to the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Safety: Xavier McKinney joined the Green Bay Packers, leaving a hole in the secondary.
  • Quarterback: Tyrod Taylor landed with the New York Jets, potentially leaving the Giants’ QB depth thin.
  • Cornerback: Darious Williams, a free agent visit, chose the Los Angeles Rams instead.
  • Cornerback Remains a Priority: With Adoree’ Jackson’s contract void and Darnay Holmes a free agent (not expected to return), the Giants desperately need experience at cornerback. Young players like Tae Banks, Tre Hawkins, Cor’Dale Flott, and Aaron Robinson require veteran mentorship.

Backup Quarterback Search Continues:

General Manager Joe Schoen has emphasized the need for a veteran backup quarterback. While Daniel Jones’ return from an ACL injury is anticipated, insurance is crucial.

Missed Free Agent QBs:

The Giants missed out on Russell Wilson (Steelers), Sam Darnold (Vikings), Kirk Cousins (Falcons), Mitchell Trubisky (Bills), Jacoby Brissett (Patriots), and Gardner Minshew (Raiders).

Potential Backup Options:

Ryan Tannehill (Titans) and Joshua Dobbs (Vikings) are names to watch as the Giants seek a reliable veteran backup for Jones.


The Giants addressed some needs but were outbid or outmaneuvered for several key targets. The cornerback position remains a glaring deficiency, and the search for a veteran backup quarterback continues.

Defining Moments: Giants Suffer Setback as Top Free Agents Slip Away

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