4 free agents the NY Giants shouldn’t even bother trying to re-sign

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – JANUARY 15: Jaylon Smith #54 of the New York Giants celebrates after defeating the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card playoff game at U.S. Bank Stadium on January 15, 2023 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

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Entering an offseason with $44+ million in cap space and plenty of holes on the roster, NY Giants general manager Joe Schoen is set to have a very busy offseason. There are several players who were on the team this year who are in need of a new contract heading into next season.

As successful as this past campaign was for the Giants, there are still plenty of positions in need of an upgrade, which means we likely won’t see some players returning next season. In this piece, we take a look at four upcoming free agents who Schoen shouldn’t even think about bringing back:

4. OL Jon Feliciano

Following a rather rough 2022 season, it seems very likely that Jon Feliciano will not be returning to New York next season. This makes sense for a lot of reasons. For starters, Feliciano simply isn’t that great and honestly was a liability for a good portion of the year. Alongside this, the Giants already have Nick Gates, who has more experience with the team and won’t cost too much to bring back.

Gates may have played guard for the majority of this season, but his best games for NY have come at the center position and the Giants should take advantage of that. Feliciano might not cost much to retain either, but considering how many opportunities there are to improve his position this offseason, it will undoubtedly be worth it to just let him walk.

Through 568 pass blocking snaps, Feliciano allowed three sacks, 22 pressures, and racked up six penalties, earning a pass-blocking grade of 65.9 per PFF. In terms of run-blocking, Feliciano was even worse,  earning a grade of 56.4.

With plenty of offensive linemen set to hit the free agent market this offseason, the Giants will have plenty of opportunities to upgrade the interior offensive line while not breaking the bank. For us, Feliciano shouldn’t be back.

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