Giants desperately need an edge rusher
Now The Athletic is taking a stab at what Big Blue will do when things kick off this coming Wednesday, March , 17th.
Sheil Kapadia of The Athletic has the Giants signing Arizona Cardinals edge rusher Hasson Reddick. Here’s what he wrote.
The Giants finished 32nd in ESPN’s pass rush win rate metric last season and are in dire need of pass rush. New York really helped boost Reddick’s stock last season — he had five sacks in a Week 13 game against them. Reddick finished the year with 12.5 sacks. Will that be enough to earn him a big long-term contract? He had just 7.5 sacks in his first three seasons. Reddick’s versatility would fit well in defensive coordinator Patrick Graham’s system, making this a nice fit for both sides.
I think Reddick is a good option opposed to guys like Bud Dupree and Shaquil Barrett who will likely cost a team between $18-22 million a year. I think Reddick will get a deal around $12-15 million per season, which is more affordable.
Kapadia also have the Giants losing defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson to the Cleveland Browns.
Strange part of this exercise: I looked at the Browns’ roster and thought, “They really don’t need a whole lot.” We gave them Lawson on the edge earlier, and Tomlinson can help them at defensive tackle. He started 64 games in four seasons and was a steady presence on the Giants’ defensive line. Tomlinson had seven sacks and 19 quarterback hits over the past two seasons. Garrett, Tomlinson, Sheldon Richardson and Lawson would be a nice front four.
I know the Giants want to re-sign Tomlinson, but using the franchise tag on Leonard Williams will make that very difficult. Even if they sign Williams to an extension that will free up some cap space, retaining Tomlinson will be tough.
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