New York Giants free agency grade

Notable additions:

Rhett Ellison – Tight End – From: Minnesota Vikings

Brandon Marshall – Wide Receiver – From: New York Jets

D.J. Fluker – Guard – From: Los Angeles Chargers

Geno Smith – Quarterback – From: New York Jets


Notable subtractions:

Robbie Gould – Kicker – To: San Francisco 49ers

Marshall Newhouse – Right Tackle – To: Oakland Raiders



The New York Giants have had a good free agency mostly because they didn’t lose any important players, but they also improved their team as well. The biggest signing that the Giants made was to bring in pro bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall on a 2-year/$11 million contract. Marshall didn’t have a very good season by his standards last season with the Jets, but he at least put up respectable numbers especially since he didn’t have a good quarterback to throw to him. Odell Beckham Jr. is the clear number 1 wide receiver for the Giants, but Marshall is still an elite wide receiver that can take some of the pressure off of Beckham Jr. New York now has 3 really good wide receivers after the addition of Marshall and it will make their passing attack even more dangerous. I also really like the additions of quarterback Geno Smith and right tackle D.J. Fluker. Eli Manning hasn’t missed a game in a very long time, but the addition of Geno Smith gives the Giants a very good backup quarterback at a very cheap cost. Smith is a borderline starting quarterback in the NFL and he adds some much needed depth to the quarterback position for the Giants. Meanwhile, D.J. Fluker has been a disappointment so far in his career as he is a former 1st round pick. However, Fluker is a nice depth addition at least for the Giants as he can play either guard or offensive tackle. Fluker will likely compete with Bobby Hart for the starting right tackle job for the Giants in 2017 after Marshall Newhouse left in free agency. The only signing that I really question for the Giants is giving Rhett Ellison a 4-year/$18 million contract. Ellison has been a backup tight end with Minnesota for several years and he barely contributed at all as he only had 5 receptions last season. The Giants did have a big need at tight end, but Ellison is certainly not the solution as he isn’t a very good pass catcher. It doesn’t make much sense to give him $4.5 million per year since he has never done much in the NFL. He is a good blocking tight end, but he definitely isn’t worth that amount of money and he shouldn’t be a starting tight end for any NFL team. New York didn’t make a big splash in free agency this year. However, they made some good signings and they had a great free agency even though the Ellison signing wasn’t very good.

Grade: A-

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