The NFL free agency period starts Monday: Here are five players the Giants could make pursue:
Andrew Norwell, G, Panthers
Quite the ascension for an undrafted guy from Ohio State, as he is expected to become the highest-paid guard in NFL history, surpassing $12 million per year. Dave Gettleman signed him in Carolina and has his sights on him again. Norwell started all 16 games in 2017 and did not allow a sack.
Jerick McKinnon, RB, Vikings
Pat Shurmur saw up-close in Minnesota what this 5-foot-9 speedster can do as a change-of pace back. He has one particular skill Shurmur lists as a prerequisite: He can catch the ball out of the backfield, with 142 receptions in his four-year career, including 51 in 2017.
Senio Kelemete, OL, Saints
No one is saying Kelemete, 27, is a stud, but he is an experienced (58 games, 22 starts) and extremely versatile offensive lineman who could challenge for a starting job at guard or tackle, give Ereck Flowers a push and provide quality depth.
Patrick Robinson, CB, Eagles
The definition of a well-traveled player (four teams in four years) could be on the move again, coming off a career-year (four interceptions) in Philadelphia as a slot corner. He is 30 years old and could replace Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, if the Giants opt to part ways for more salary cap space. Shurmur saw him cut across the field on a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown against his Vikings in the NFC championship.
Anthony Hitchens, LB, Cowboys
The trade for Alec Ogletree was a strong start, but more help is needed here. The Giants are quite familiar with this 25-year old, playing against him the past four years in the NFC East. Not a star, but has lined up at all three linebacker spots in his 48 career starts, which makes him a fit in new defensive coordinator James Bettcher’s 3-4 scheme.