The Giants need a new strong safety, with Landon Collins — their starter the past four seasons — set to become a free agent. There is no one on the current roster ready for such a promotion. Here is a look at the possible replacements in free agency or the NFL draft:
Earl Thomas: After nine years with the Seahawks, the last remaining member of the Legion of Boom is out in Seattle. His age (29), injury history (he played only four games in 2018 before breaking his left leg) and cost make him unlikely for the Giants. He was a great player, in his prime.
Tyrann Mathieu: Seems like he’s been around forever, but he is only 26. The former Cardinals star increased his value in his one and only season with the Texans and is extremely versatile. Giants defensive coordinator James Bettcher worked with him in Arizona. The Honey Badger should be a target.
LaMarcus Joyner: He played under the franchise tag last season with the Rams and, at the price tag of $11.3 million, did not play as well as he did in 2017. He is small (5-foot-8) and rangy and not much in run support.
Adrian Amos: This fifth-round pick in 2015 has done well for himself and, at 25, is in line for a nice raise. He has had 56 starts in four years and joined in the fun with the Bears with two interceptions last season. At 214 pounds, he is definitely strong-safety material.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: A former Pro Bowler with the Packers, he was shipped to the Redskins this past season. At 26 years old, Clinton-Dix has 14 career interceptions.
Nasir Adderley: The University of Delaware product would be a value pick in the second round — if he lasts that long. He is a classic-looking athlete and related to Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley.