5. Sign Free Agents
The Giants need a lot of external help, and this year’s free agent crop promises to be one of the strongest in league history.
Here are the players Reese should sign, with their projected salaries and cap hits:
Derek Wolfe, DE — 5 years, $33M ($6.6M/yr; $7M bonus)
One of the best run-stopping ends in the league, Wolfe had 5.5 sacks and 49 tackles in 2015. While he would likely man the slot and need a pass rusher to compliment him on his other side, Wolfe would immediately bolster a measly run defense.
Total Cap Hit: $8.0M/yr
Mike Daniels, DE — 4 years, $25M ($6.25M/yr; $4M bonus)
“Reasonable” is the word for Daniels, who is a reasonable pass rusher and run stopper. What doesn’t appear on the stat sheet is all the dirty work he has done with Green Bay Packers. Projected to be a starter, he would provide Big Blue with an unparalleled run defense.
Total Cap Hit: $7.25M/yr
Casey Hayward, CB — 4 years, $27M ($6.75M/yr; $1.5M bonus)
Better than the New York Jets’ Buster Skrine (who commanded similar cash last year), Hayward is considered by many to be a great number three cornerback, but a lot of that has to do with him being hampered by injuries over the past two seasons. Should he return to rookie form (he’s only 26), people will be talking about how Hayward is a top CB in the league.
Total Cap Hit: $8.25M/yr
Morris Claiborne, CB — 1 year, $2M ($2M/yr; No bonus)
The former first round pick has loads of talent and potential, but has struggled out-of-the-gate for Dallas. While he isn’t the strongest corner in the league, Claiborne would be a solid reserve player with high upside.
Total Cap Hit: $2M/yr
Travis Benjamin, WR — 3 years, $15M ($5M/yr; $3M bonus)
When you factor in the quality of the guys throwing the football to him (Johnny Manziel/Josh McCown), Benjamin’s 2015 campaign was one of the best in football. The concerns are twofold, though: what he did this season was four times better than what he had ever done before, and he possesses a lack of ideal size. Still, just think about his speed and OBJ’s hands on the same team…
Total Cap Hit: $6M/yr
Dwayne Allen, TE — 1 year, $2M ($2M/yr; $500K bonus)
Allen was never able to crack the Colts depth chart, but he has shown some high upside in the past. A solid blocker, Allen should develop alongside Will Tye giving Eli Manning two ball-catching tight ends to work with.
Total Cap Hit: $2.5M
Brandon Marshall, MLB — 4 years, $27M ($6.75/yr; $7M bonus)
The Ironman of the Broncos’ linebacking corps, Marshall played in 84% of the possible defensive snaps this season. He is young — at just 26 — and a tackling wiz.
Total Cap Hit: $7.75M
Louis Delmas, S — 2 years, $5M ($2.5M/yr; $1M bonus)
Delmas, who is coming off an ACL injury, is a former Pro Bowler who will likely command relatively little money for relatively tremendous upside. He is a phenomenal cover safety, and would compliment Landon Collins, who is, ideally, a box safety.
Total Cap Hit: $3.0M
LaAdrian Waddle, OT/OG — 2 years, $3.5M ($1.75/yr; No bonus)
Waddle has both starting experience and upside, and at age 24, he would be a very intriguing signing. The Giants need depth — lots of it. Waddle would surely provide it.
Total Cap Hit: $1.75M