NFL free agency is on the move, and we’re tracking every major signing, trade, and exit from the 2022 offseason, with analysis from our NFL Nation reporters and expert ratings. The league’s new year begins at 4 p.m. ET on March 16, which means free agent signings can be made official afterward. The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft begins April 28 on ESPN.
The New York Giants have a new regime and a new approach as they look to revive the franchise. It’s going to be about being selective in free agency and focusing on the draft. General manager Joe Schoen has previously said he doesn’t expect the Giants to be too active in free agency, in part because of limited salary cap space. But the Giants still have a lot of holes to fill as they rebuild their roster. They need another quarterback after the Mike Glennon debacle. The offensive line, tight end and linebacker are also desperate needs. It’s a lot of work that has to be done with little money.
Here’s a breakdown of every 2022 NFL free agent signing from the Giants, and how each will impact the upcoming season:
Glowinski has agreed to a three-year contract with the Giants.
What this means: Glowinski and Shane Lemieux will likely be New York’s starting goaltenders this year. The Giants appear to be adding a reliable veteran who is an improvement over what they had last season in Will Hernandez and Matt Skura. Glowinski hasn’t missed a game in three seasons. In 2021, he finished 34th in passing block success rate, one spot ahead of Hernandez. But he was 11th in run block win rate, light years ahead of any Giants guard. Pro Football Focus ranked him 21st among guards. No giants were in the Top 50. So clearly, by any metric, Glowinski is an upgrade. That’s what makes for a significant signing for the Giants this offseason.
What is the risk Glowinski is by no means a great player. He split reps at right guard last season with Indianapolis for several weeks. The scouting report according to an NFL executive who studied his game: “Great dude…good run blocker…below average [pass protector]Not exactly the perfect complement to Lemieux, who also comes with question marks as a pass protector. Not ideal for quarterback Daniel Jones after three seasons of constant hitting. The good news is that the Giants have only guaranteed Glowinski $11.4 million.
Feliciano has agreed to a one-year contract with the Giants.
What this means: Feliciano is going to be considered a center despite the fact that he mainly played guard last season. It’s a decision that makes a lot of sense given his flexibility, the uncertainty of Nick Gates’ return after a serious leg injury and the new regime. Feliciano, a former Bills lineman, knows the offense coach Brian Daboll is looking to execute. He can also be an extension of Daboll and new offensive line coach Bobby Johnson on the court. With Feliciano and Glowinski and potentially an offensive lineman or two out of the draft, this Giants offensive line could have a completely new and much-needed look by the time Schoen and Daboll complete this offseason.
What is the risk: Feliciano is not exactly a natural center. He bounced between center and guard throughout his career. He’s not a high-end starter either. It’s just a stopgap down the line, as evidenced by the one-year deal. But at least it gives the Giants options. Between Glowinski, Feliciano, Gates, Shane Lemieux, Ben Bredeson and other potential inside linemen in free agency and the draft, the Giants are throwing numbers at the position. However, this approach often does not work. Better to have two safe entries than a handful of question marks.
The board agreed to a one-year contract to return to the Giants.
What this means: The Giants add some receiver depth and a solid special teams player to the mix. Board averaged 24.8 yards per kickoff return and 16.5 yards on punt returns before breaking his arm. This will now be his third season with the Giants. He missed most of last season (the last 11 games) through injury, but will be back at full strength to give New York options as a returner and receiver, where they desperately need them being. given the injury history of Sterling Shepard and Kenny. Goladay.
What is the risk: It’s a one-year contract, according to a source. It’s not about money or the future. It’s about filling a roster that desperately needs players. The Giants don’t have a lot of money and are looking for bargains. Board is a player coming out of injury and serving a goal. If it doesn’t work, they can get out easily, so there’s not a lot of risk.
Foster agreed to a one-year contract with the Giants.
What this means: The Giants are really, really looking for value here in early free agency. Foster spent most of last season on Dallas’ practice squad and hasn’t done much since his rookie season in 2018. It happened at Buffalo, when Schoen was the assistant general manager. and Daboll the offensive coordinator. Foster also played for Daboll the previous year in Alabama. Foster is another deep signing, albeit familiar with the new regime.
What is the risk: Again, there’s not much to it. The Giants are just trying to find something from what should be a minimal investment.