The Super Bowl has happened, the victory parade has occurred and now it is time for all 32 NFL franchises to start preparing for the 2017 season. That preparation will involve determining who should be let go on the current team, evaluating rookies, and trying to lure in the right free agents. Each of the 32 NFL team will have a different severity and set of needs that will differ from club to club. Now entering the 2017 free agent period the New York Giants should avoid the high priced free agents in 2017.
Avoiding the high priced free agents did not occur in 2016 for the New York Giants but the Giants had significant needs in multiple areas. Big Blue needed to improve their roster and specifically the defensive unit. Jerry Reese within 48 hours signed Janoris Jenkins, Damon “Snack” Harrison, and Olivier Vernon. All three of those players had made a significant impact for the Giants in 2016 as Harrison was named All-Pro and Jenkins was named a pro-bowler. The much-maligned Giants defense in 2015 became one of the most feared units in 2016.
Entering 2017 the Giants roster is not in a need of a complete overhaul. Even though the G-men have needs on the offensive line, tight-end, and running back these needs can be addressed in a more fiscally responsible manner. These needs can be addressed with the Giants draft picks or by signing free agents to a responsible contract.
One player who is a talented free agent who theoretically fits one of the Giants need is Adrian Peterson. When healthy Peterson is a dynamic running back who can be a franchise running back which is something the current NFL does not have. In his career, Peterson was a 7-time pro bowler and Peterson ran for over 2000 yards in 2012. Yet the last three seasons have been far from stellar for Peterson. In 2014 Peterson played one game due to a suspension and in 2016 Peterson’s playtime was limited to three games because of injury.
Some are speculating that Peterson is interested in joining the Giants but there are reasons why the Giants should not sign Peterson. First reason will be Peterson will be 32 in 2017 and many running backs historically have a decrease in production in their 30s. Second reason would be the amount of money Peterson will demand and even though Peterson is getting old a 7-time pro bowler will demand a lot of money. A third reason not to sign Peterson is the instability of the Giants offensive line. Currently, many are trying to see if Ereck Flowers is moved from left tackle to right tackle and Big Blue should not invest in a running back if their offensive line is in flux.
Big Blue still needs to fix their roster but the team did win 11 games in 2016 and made the playoffs. The G-men have some young talent on the team that should be entering their prime. All the Giants need is to find the finishing pieces to make the Giants a legitimate Super Bowl contender.