With Jason-Pierre Paul’s future in doubt with the organization, Jerry Reese and the New York Giants need to attack the defensive line.

A top-tier defensive line was a staple of the New York Giants‘ Super Bowl champion rosters in both 2008 and 2011. As the team gears up for another potential run in 2017 during free agency, putting together a strong front four should be a top priority.

With starters Jason Pierre-Paul and Johnathan Hankins set to hit the open market, the future is unclear for Big Blue’s defense. New York will attempt to retain both players while looking to bring in outside role players to bolster the unit from good to elite.

Over the Cap currently predicts the Giants will have $23,689,686 in cap space for the 2017 offseason, plus an additional $1,895,546 the team will roll over from next season, per the NFLPA. Factor in the likely contract restructuring or terminations of several players and New York will likely have around $30 million of cap space.


That’s a lot of room to play with, especially for a team like New York that seems one or two moves away from becoming a serious playoff threat. Should the Giants allocate their money carefully, they’re poised for an excellent offseason.

Here’s the blueprint the Giants’ should follow to continue the defensive upswing they experienced last season:

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