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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Giants Roster Next Season

By michael obermuller
Re-sign Leonard Williams or Dalvin Tomlinson? The big question facing the New York Giants this offseason.
Re-sign Leonard Williams or Dalvin Tomlinson? The big question facing the New York Giants this offseason. / Mike Stobe/Getty Images

For New York Giants fans, the rebuild has been long and grueling since their last Super Bowl run, but the 2020 season did provide some hope as the franchise finished second in the NFC East in Joe Judge's first year as head coach. Big Blue will now look to build off that momentum in a wide-open division in 2021.

The first step in constructing a winner is the NFL free agency period, which is now less than a month away. The Giants have less key impending free agents than most teams, but they'll still have to make some tough choices. Here are three G-Men that are unlikely to be on the team next season.

3. Kyler Fackrell, OLB

After 10.5 sacks with the Green Bay Packers in 2018, Kyler Fackrell returned to a backup role the following season. Based on that 2018 production, however, the Giants gave the free agent edge rusher a shot at a starting role in 2020. Fackrell wasn't terrible, but his 4.0 sacks in 12 appearances wasn't all that impressive either. This is an area that New York desperately needs to upgrade, and unless Fackrell returns on a cheaper depth deal, they may look elsewhere to find some pass rush.

2. Dion Lewis, RB

The former New England Patriots product has not made many headlines since leaving Foxborough, with one decent season in Tennessee and then two lousy ones that followed (the latter was with New York). Dion Lewis became an expensive kick returner with the Giants, more than a running back, and hardly got any burn despite Saquon Barkley's season-ending injury. With his age-31 campaign approaching, the G-Men are much more likely to re-sign Wayne Gallman or go a different direction behind Barkley altogether.

1. Dalvin Tomlinson, DT

General manager Dave Gettleman has one crucial decision to make this offseason in terms of impending free agents, and it involves two expensive defensive linemen. Leonard Williams and Dalvin Tomlinson are both in line for a new deal this March, but re-signing both will be extremely tough by all accounts. It doesn't help that each one is coming off a career-season with New York, making this a difficult choice. Depending on who you ask, it's a near toss-up of which player is more likely to stay with Big Blue, but some believe that the defensive tackle position will be easier to replace.

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