Here are five free agents who could be targeted by the Giants:
Tyrann Mathieu, S
The Honey Badger started all 16 games in 2018 for the second consecutive season, and his first year with the Texans was a success, showing he made good on betting on himself with a $7 million contract. Versatile, play-making safety — 13 career interceptions — might end up staying in Houston. He spent his first five NFL seasons in Arizona with Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher.
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Daryl Williams, OT
Giants GM Dave Gettleman, while in the same post at Carolina, selected Williams in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, and it turned out to be a solid pick. Williams started 16 games in 2017 but played in only one game last season before suffering a serious knee injury (torn MCL, dislocated kneecap). If he is fully healed, he is a strong option at right tackle and might be affordable coming off surgery. At 330 pounds, he’s a Gettleman Hog Mollie.
Preston Smith, LB
This could be the replacement for Olivier Vernon. Smith, 26, has 24.5 career sacks while with the Redskins and would fit nicely at outside linebacker. Pro Football Focus ranked him No. 18 among all edge players in 2018, and he plays the run, allowing him to stay on the field all three downs.
Markus Golden, LB
It was not that long ago (2016) that Golden had 12.5 sacks playing for Bettcher in Arizona. No, doubt, Bettcher — who now runs the Giants defense — remembers. Golden’s career was sideswiped by a torn ACL but he played in 11 games last season and turns 28 on Wednesday, so there should be more tread on his tires.
Adrian Amos, S
A 25-year old athlete with 56 starts in four years for the Bears is an attractive option. Pro Football Focus ranked him second among all safeties in 2017 and seventh last season. Two interceptions, nine passes defensed in 2018. As a 2015 fifth-round pick out of Penn State, Amos has earned a nice second contract.