3 Free Agents the New York Giants Should Stay Away From
Jan 14, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs against Houston Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (59) and strong safety Corey Moore (43) during the third quarter in the AFC Divisional playoff game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

With free agency quickly approaching, the New York Giants will be looking to add pieces to what they hope will turn into a Super Bowl puzzle.

There are some free agents that on paper would seem to be a good fit for the New York Giants. But when you look at it closer, you’ll see that they would be a good fit for Big Blue.

Here are three free agents the Giants need to stay away from:

1. LeGarrette Blount– RB Patriots

The Giants are in need of a veteran running back to go along with Paul Perkins and Shane Vereen, but Blount is not the answer. Although he led the NFL last season with 18 rushing touchdowns, he only averaged 3.9 yards per carry. Blount normally performs best when he has around 20 carries. Given the fact that the Giants are a passing offense he’ll have to split time between Perkins and Vereen, that simply won’t happen.

Another drawback is that he is not a threat to catch passes out of the backfield having caught only seven passes last season. In the Giants west coast offense, they need for all of their backs to be able to catch passes coming out of the backfield.

2. Kenny Britt– WR Rams

Kenny Britt had his first 1,000 yard season with the Rams last season, and given the fact that he’s from New Jersey and has never played on a contender, the Giants have to be on his radar. The Giants are in need of a third receiver since they cut Victor Cruz, and at 6-foot-3, Britt is the tall physical receiver that Eli Manning has needed over the past few seasons, there’s reason to pause on the Giants going after Britt.

For one he is apparently seeking an annual salary of anywhere between three to five million dollars. The Giants have more pressing needs that they could use that money on. In addition Britt has had his share of off the field issues, so him coming back in the area may not be ideal.

3. Charles Johnson– DE Panthers

Whether the Giants are able to bring back Jason Pierre-Paul or not, they’ll need another pass rusher for depth. Johnson was once a top tier pass rusher sacking quarterbacks 52.5 times from 2010 to 2014. But he has slowed down over the last two season registering just five sacks. In addition Johnson will turn 31 in July which goes against the Giants youth movement.

Jason's first love was football while growing up in northern New Jersey. For the past three years, he has covered the New York Giants, as well as several boxing events along the East Coast.