by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/14/14) Free agent linebacker Jameel McClain has reached an agreement to join the Giants Thursday, according to NFL.com, though terms of the deal are not yet known.
McClain is coming off a pair of disappointing seasons, as he played in just 13 games in 2012 and 10 in 2013 after not missing a game in the first four seasons of his career. He finished 2013 with 52 tackles and one forced fumble for the Ravens.
Trumaine McBride heading back to the Giants?
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/10/14) The Giants are close on a deal to bring back defensive back Trumaine McBride, according to a report from The Record on Monday. The free agency period begins on Tuesday.
McBride played in 15 games last season, making 37 tackles and two interceptions and defending 15 passes.
Jason Pierre-Paul won't need shoulder surgery
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/21/14) Giants coach Tom Coughlin said defensive end Jason Pierre-Paulwon't need surgery for his injured shoulder, reports the New York Daily News.
The report says Coughlin said "hopefully he’s going to return to feeling the way he has in past." Pierre-Paul said at the end of January he felt 90 percent healthy.
Linval Joseph too pricey for Giants to keep?
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/19/14) The Giants want to re-sign defensive tackle Linval Joseph, but the impending free agent probably will be too expensive, reports The Star-Ledger. Joseph, 25, had 59 tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery last season.
Second-year Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins would play a much bigger role if Joseph leaves, the report added.
Former teammate urging Justin Tuck to stay with Giants
Umenyiora bolted for Atlanta in free agency last year, but has urged Tuck to stay with his current team.
"I've talked to Justin and I told him he should try whatever he can to stay in New York," Umenyiora said via The Star-Ledger. "Because he is New York."
Tuck will likely talk money with the Giants soon, but seems destined for free agency. His stock rose when he piled up 8 1/2 sacks in the last five games this season.
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The Giants DST will have to replace plenty of talent as Osi Umenyiora, Michael Boley and Chase Blackburn will play for new teams this season. But based on who's left, the Giants are pretty good. Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka will handle the pass rush, and Antrelle Rolle will lead the secondary. The Giants should be considered a low-end starting DST option, and hopefully they can rebound from a poor 2012 season when they had just 21 interceptions, 33 sacks and 14 fumble recoveries. Plan on drafting the Giants DST with a late-round pick in all leagues. (Updated 4/26/13)