3 Free Agents the Giants Need to Sign to Build Around Daniel Jones in 2022
The New York Giants have simply struggled to find any kind of success over the last five seasons. The team has posted a 22-59 record during that span and averaged just 15.2 points per game in 2021 (No. 31 in NFL). The offense is in need of some major improvements before Week 1 kickoff comes.
Quarterback Daniel Jones has put together a few highlight plays that show he has franchise-starter potential. The only problem is that he is not surrounded by enough talent to get the job done, especially when you consider how many injuries the Giants have sustained during his time as the starter. While they do not have a ton of available cap space, the Giants are reportedly going to be active in free agency.
Here's a look at three free agents that the Giants need to sign to build around Jones moving forward.
Giants Free Agent Targets
1. Laken Tomlinson, OL
It's become very clear that New York needs to improve its offensive line in order to keep Jones upright and healthy in the pocket. The Giants allowed 38.0 sacks this past season, which ranked right in the middle of the pack among NFL squads. Guard Laken Tomlinson is the perfect free agent target in this situation. The 30-year-old played every single snap for the San Francisco 49ers in 2021 and allowed just 2.0 sacks on the season. Tomlinson has the experience to slide right into a starting spot and the knowledge needed to mentor some other young players on the team. Signing him would benefit the Giants in more ways than one.
2. Mo Alie-Cox, TE
Starting tight end Evan Engram is set to enter free agency during the offseason and that leaves the Giants shallow at the position. Big names like Zach Ertz or Mike Gesicki will become too expensive for the team to sign, but Mo Alie-Cox will be an affordable option. The fourth-year pro has developed into a strong blocker, which would come in handy along a shaky offensive line. Alie-Cox has also become a reliable target in the passing attack. He posted a career-high 4 touchdowns in 2021 and racked up 316 yards on 24 receptions. This could end up being an underrated pickup for a New York team in desperate need of some TE help.
3. Latavius Murray, RB
The Giants are going to have to shed salary this offseason if they want to have enough cap space to sign any free agents. Backup running back Devontae Booker seems like a potential cut given his $3 million hit in 2022. Bringing in a veteran back on a short-term deal to fill in the gap would be a smart idea. Latavius Murray has played in at least 14 games and rushed for at least 500 yards in each of last his seven NFL seasons. His health and consistency would be a welcome sight behind starter Saquon Barkley. Murray's ability to run routes out of the backfield would also give Jones another third-down option.
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