NFL Offseason Previews: New York Giants
The NFL offseason is upon us, and teams will begin working to craft their 2023 rosters in the coming months. In this series of offseason previews, we will look at what each team has to work with and their biggest needs. Today we continue with the New York Giants offseason preview.
As a reminder, here are dates to keep in mind for the 2023 NFL offseason:
- March 7: deadline for teams to use the franchise tag
- March 13: legal tampering period opens
- March 15: NFL free agency begins and the new league year starts
- April 21: deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets
- April 27-29: NFL draft
- May 1: deadline for teams to exercise 5th-year options on 2020 first-round draft picks
- July 15: deadline for franchise tag players to sign an extension
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The first season in New York under head coach Brian Daboll was a success. The Giants snapped a five-season playoff drought. New York finished 9-7-1 and earned a Wild Card berth. 2022 was the first winning season since 2016, when the Giants finished 11-5.
Additionally, they accomplished all of this with a roster that looked like it might win six games on paper. Daniel Jones took a giant leap forward in his development. Saquon Barkley had a resurgence.
Overall, it was a heck of a season for the Giants, even with the clobbering in Philadelphia in the Wild Card round being the ending they didn’t want to see.
Key Positional Needs
Here’s where the Giants need to find help this offseason:
Key Free Agents
Here’s a look at the Giants upcoming key free agents:
- Daniel Jones (QB)
- Saquon Barkley (RB)
- Justin Ellis (DT)
- John Feliciano (C)
- Nick Gates (OG)
- Richie James (WR)
- Tony Jefferson (SS)
- Sterling Shepard (WR)
- Darius Slayton (WR)
Salary Cap & Draft Capital
Here’s a look at the salary cap room and draft capital that the Giants have to work with this offseason:
- Current draft picks: 25 (1), 57 (2), 89 (3), 100 (3), 128 (4), 162 (5), 209 (6), 218 (6), 242 (7), 245 (7), 254 (7)
- Cap space: $46.8M
It’s been widely reported that the Giants hope to extend Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley this offseason. It’s even been discussed what it might cost to keep Jones and Barkley. Still, the Giants have work to do on both fronts. Unfortunately, they also only have five days to decide whether to tag one of the two.
Outside of the obvious need to extend Jones and Barkley, the Giants desperately need help at wide receiver. They have already re-signed Isaiah Hodgins and plan to cut Kenny Golladay, so they’ve already begun that process.
New York has 11 draft picks — four in the top 100 — and plenty of cap space ($46.8 million, $53.5 million after the Golladay cut on March 15) to maneuver.
If you’re looking for more offseason reading, Sam Hoppen at 4for4 (our sister company) is previewing each division:
NFC East: Key Free Agents, Draft Picks & Needs, and Available Cap Space | 4for4