The Giants opened the NFL free-agent frenzy with almost no salary-cap room to spend and plenty of holes on their entire roster. They needed to find starters at offensive line and tight end and depth throughout their roster. They just didn’t have the ammunition to do it.
So it appears to be a slow step through the bargain bin for the Giants. And how are they? Here’s a look at who’s signed and the ratings they’ve earned for their efforts so far:
Signed G Mark Glowinski – 3 years, $20 million ($11.4 million guaranteed)
If the Giants were going to spend anywhere, they would have to be on the offensive line, and they did. The 29-year-old Glowinski has been the Indianapolis Colts’ starting right guard for most of the past three seasons, and he’s immediately in that spot here. He’s not a Pro Bowler, but he’s a vast improvement over the revolving door of street free agents who filled that spot last season. He was probably overpaid a little bit, but it’s still a reasonable contract and they had no choice as they needed 3-4 starters on the offensive line. Now they can focus on offensive tackle and possibly the center of the draft.
Signed OT Matt Gono – One year, undisclosed terms
Their first deal came three days before the free-agent market opened and showcased the kind of signings everyone can expect from them this offseason. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Gono missed all of last season after undergoing shoulder surgery and needed a place to turn to restore his worth on a “demonstration” deal. He started four games at right tackle for the Atlanta Falcons in 2020 and could compete for the Giants’ starting right tackle this year, depending on what happens in the draft. At the very least, he’s a safe veteran depth for a team that needs all the offensive linemen they can get.
Signed WR Robert Foster – Terms undisclosed
Foster is a good size (6-foot-2, 194) and showed great promise as a rookie in 2018 when he had 27 catches for 541 yards and three touchdowns. In fact, he had three 100-yard games as a rookie and averaged 20 yards per catch, proving he can be a dangerous deep threat. And all of that was with the new Giants coach. brian daboll as their offensive coordinator (he played for Daboll when the coach was also the OC at Alabama), so there’s a lot of familiarity with the Giants’ offensive system. Foster hasn’t done much since he was a rookie in 2018, but he’s still only 27 years old. Another very low risk signing.
WR CJ Board Re-Signed – Terms Undisclosed
The 6-foot-1, 181-pound backboard is primarily a return man for the Giants, though he can provide some depth at receiver. He averaged 16.5 yards on his two punt returns last season and 24.8 yards on 11 punt returns before missing the entire season with a broken arm. He has started five games for the Giants the past two years, but that was more out of desperation than anything else. He will be competing for a spot on the roster and will have to make his mark on returns.