There are three key potential free agents that will be playing in Super Bowl 53, that need to be on the New York Giants radar.
All eyes will be on Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Sunday for Super Bowl 53 between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams.
In addition to watching to see who wins the game, New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman will have a vested interested. He’ll be watching three potential free agents who could help the Giants in 2019 and beyond.
1. Jason McCourty CB, Patriots
Outside of Janoris Jenkins, there’s a lack of depth at the cornerback position. B.W. Webb, who appeared in all 16 games for the Giants, put forth 59 tackles, one sack, and one interception. He’s an impending free agent. Grant Haley will be entering his second season in the league and at 5-foot-9, he’s best suited to play nickel corner.
Then there’s unproven Sam Beal, who the Giants acquired in the Supplemental Draft.
So it might behoove Gettleman to add a veteran presence such as Jason McCourty who will be starting at cornerback for the Patriots on Sunday. The 31-year-old McCourty was fourth on the Patriots this season in tackles with 70 and had 10 pass defenses and one interception.
According to Spotrac, McCourty’s cap number in 2018 was $3.382 million, and that would be an ideal number for the Giants to sign him. It’s been reported that McCourty’s twin brother Devin will retire after Super 53, so that gives Jason McCourty a lesser incentive to re-sign with the Patriots.
2. Trey Flowers DE, Patriots
Trey Flowers is one of the best free agent edge rushers that will be on the market. At 25 years old, he’s just hitting the prime of his career.
He led the Patriots in sacks this season with seven and a half while also chipping in with 57 tackles. He’s never put up huge sack numbers, but according to Pro Football Focus, he’s produced over 60 quarterback pressures over the last two seasons.
After playing for just over two million in 2018, Flowers will be seeking a lucrative long-term deal. But the Giants might be able to afford Flowers if they elect to cut their best pass rusher from a season ago, Olivier Vernon. Vernon is set to make $19.5 million this coming season. The Giants can save $11.5 million in cap space if they cut him.
Whether the Giants make an offer to Flowers will come down to two factors. One, “Will the Patriots re-sign him by giving him a new deal or franchise tag?” The second is whether they feel Flowers can move from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 outside linebacker.
3. Lamarcus Joyner FS, Rams
The Giants are in desperate need of a free safety. The Curtis Riley experiment was a disaster. Fortunately for the Giants, there’s a solid free safety that will be an unrestricted free agent in Lamarcus Joyner.
Although some felt his overall game dipped from a season ago, the 28-year-old Joyner finished third on the Rams in tackles with 78, had one sack, and one interception.
He is a solid tackler and would be a huge upgrade over Riley. The biggest obstacle in the Giants signing Joyner will be if they can fit him under the cap. The Rams gave Joyner the franchise tag last off-season, so he made over $11 million in 2018.
Unless the Giants cut a few high priced veterans, it will be difficult for the Giants to sign Joyner when they have so many needs to fill.