Is Shaq Barrett worth big money?
If I had to guess what need the New York Giants will fill via free agency I would have to say edge rusher.
With that being said, Patrik Walker of CBS Sports has the Giants signing former Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rusher Shaq Barrett. Here’s what he wrote:
Most recent team: Buccaneers
Market value (annual): $19.7 million
There’s still much to be figured out when it comes to Leonard Williams, but what the Giants already know is they can’t afford to lose more pass rush talent, and especially when they need to try and add someone to make their defensive line more robust. Enter Barrett, an absolute monster for the Buccaneers, who is coming off of a franchise tag and a Super Bowl win — now looking to cash in BIG in free agency and lacking another tag (given to receiver Chris Godwin). And while one of the keys to the success of Daniel Jones will be what happens on the offensive side of the ball, it’s the defense’s ability to prevent Jones from having to shoot it out with teams that will go a long way as well. Having logged a monstrous 27.5 sacks over his last two seasons, Barrett would be a defensive force not seen in a Giants uniform in a long time, and he’s worth every shilling they can figure out how to throw his way.
I do have to say that 27.5 sacks over the past two years is something the Giants could use. Getting a proven pass rusher like Barrett might be more vital than grabbing a receiver like Kenny Golladay.
As good as Golladay is, this year’s NFL Draft is so loaded at the wide receiver position that they could possibly get a starter as late as the third round. When it comes t edge rushers, I feel like there are less players that are a “sure thing” at the next level.
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