Blogged by: Shemika Harmitt | F3 NY Giants Contributor | Around the NFL
The 2016 NFL Draft is only four weeks away, and free agency discussions are on-going. The New York Giants recently made some major moves in free agency this year. Here is a recap of the re-signings and new signings.
Jason Pierre-Paul (JPP), Defensive End (DE)
No surprise here that the Giants have re-signed our beloved DE to a one-year contract. JPP turned down multiple multi-year deals from other teams to stay with the Giants. Teams trying to get the pro-bowler include Arizona. JPP’s decision to stay with the Big Blue signifies his long-standing commitment to his team – even after the firing of former head coach Tom Coughlin. He states that he will not be playing with the club he wore in the last eight games of the 2015/2016 NFL season after loosing a finger in the infamous fireworks accident on July 4th.
Jasper Brinkley, Linebacker (LB)
The Giants recently also closed a deal with LB Jasper Brinkley – a much needed force in order to dominate the run game of their opposing offense.
Olivier Davis, Defensive End (DE)
Quite possibly the most expensive signing in all of free agency, the Big Blue signed former Miami Dolphin, Olivier Vernon to a 5-year, $85 million deal! Whoa! This one has me anxious to see how its played out in the regular season.
Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback (CB)
The former Rams Corner will now be wearing blue for the next five years. Welcome to the team, Janoris.
Damon Harris, Defensive Tackle (DT)
From one NY team to the best team in NY, former Jets DT Damon Harris was traded from jerseys from the Gang Green to the Big Blue.
Keenan Robinson, Linebacker (LB )
Leaving our division rival, the Redskins behind, Keenan joins the Big Blue this year as well.
In summary, after having the worst ranked defense in several different categories last season, the Giants realize their weaknesses and have decided to make drastic changes by taking drastic measures. They are on track for a solid defense in the 2016/2017 season. As we patiently await the NFL Draft the questions is whether they will continue to focus on defense with the 10th overall pick, or will they acquire offensive weapons to help Eli and OBJ? April 27 is just around the corner. Time will tell!