With the start of the legal tampering process beginning this weekend where agents of potential free agents can talk to other teams from Saturday March 7 until Monday March 9, (players are prohibited from talking to or meeting with other teams until March 10 the official start of free agency and the beginning of the new league year), the New York Giants have been rumored to be placing phone calls to the agents of defensive ends set to be free agents on Tuesday.
What could this mean for certain injured players on the roster? What does this mean for playing time for certain players and most of all what does this mean for the ninth overall pick in the draft?
Are the Giants concerned about their defensive line core?
It was recently reported that third year Defensive End Damontre Moore was seen at Texas A&M’s Pro Day with his arm in a sling. If you remember prior to last season Moore had off-season shoulder surgery but the injury was said to be completely healed. Was his arm being in a sling just precautionary or was it a set back? Moore was also listed on the Giants injury report as probable back in week eleven with a shoulder injury, but played in the game.
As for Ayers, he was taken off of the injury reserve on February 2, but has not begun to lift weights has of yet and there is no timetable for his complete recovery.
It looks like the Giants should be concerned, with Jason Pierre-Paul and Kerry Wynn the only healthy defensive ends on the roster and with no guarantee that Pierre-Paul will show up at OTA’s and training camp if a long-term deals isn’t signed, there is a need to bring in players at that position.
Hopefully the injury to Ayers is completely healed by the time training camp starts or sooner and Moore’s arm being in a sling is just a precautionary measure. But if it isn’t the Giants could definitely be in the market for defensive ends in free agency and this could change everyone’s thinking about what direction the Giants take in regards to the ninth pick in the upcoming draft.
Now it could be they’re looking for a veteran replacement for recently released Mathias Kiwanuka. Someone with experience and veteran leadership to guide the younger players on the team. Or it could be they aren’t completely sold on Moore being an every down player. He still needs to work on playing the run effectively and as of now he’s just a situational, rotational guy and I think the Giants want a little more from their third round pick in 2013 before they can completely rely on him.
All of these rumors could mean nothing and the Giants are just stocking up on players to have some healthy competition at each position, but we will not know until OTA’s, training camp and the preseason begin to see where players are health wise.
Here are a few names the Giants might be giving phone calls to agents for: Brandon Graham (Philadelphia Eagles), Trent Cole (Philadelphia Eagles), Jabaal Sheard (Cleveland Browns), Adrian Clayborn (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) Pernell McPhee (Baltimore Ravens), Derrick Morgan (Tennessee Titans)