Free agency is off to a wild start and things are happening at a feverish pace. The New York Giants have been right in the thick of things, signing Cullen Jenkins and Aaron Ross, while also re-signing Ryan Torain. Meanwhile, several of their former players have found new homes and, in some cases, are back on the free agent market.
After a rough start to the league year, the Ravens are on the board in free agency, bringing in former Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty.
Canty has already signed his contract and posted a picture of it on Instagram. Although Canty didn’t post the financials, Albert Breer of NFL Network reports that Canty gets $8 million over three years, with $2.8 million guaranteed.
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, coming off a 4-12 season in his first year, apparently wants to see if he can build a team from scratch.
Oakland cut receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and safety Michael Huff, both former first-round picks, as well as defensive end Dave Tollefson, on Tuesday afternoon.
It does not appear the feeling is mutual.
New York has proven it can find players in any round of the draft, or after it, and not just near the top, where most of the best players can be located. Ahmad Bradshaw was a seventh-rounder in 2007, and Victor Cruz wasn't even selected in 2010. And as they have shown on numerous occasions, they won't stretch to keep a veteran if they think they have a youthful upgrade ready to take over (Bradshaw out, David Wilson in). The old-school Giants take the long-term view better than most front offices, and with three playoffs trips and a pair of Super Bowl rings in the Reese era, they get their fair share of short-term results as well.
Although tendered, Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFA) Adrian Tracy and Jim Cordle have not yet re-signed with the Giants. Although an inevitability, only Justin Trattou, another ERFA, has officially signed his tender. He signed a one-year, $480,000 deal.
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