It seems that the New York Giants have had problems at the CB position for a number of years now. Whether it’s due to injuries or lack of production, the Giants always seem to be two steps back.
Well, with a few solid CB available in free agency and in the draft this year, the Giants will have enough cap space to add a quality CB. In this article, I have omitted the Giants' UFA cornerbacks only because I wanted to showcase other available CBs around the league.
The Giants could very well re-sign some of their impending UFA cornerbacks. Once again, my criteria will be based on past performance, age, health issues and cost.
Vontae Davis, Colts. Age: 26
It could be argued that Vontae Davis is the No. 1 free agent cornerback. He's coming off a great 2013 campaign and will be only 26 in May, compared to Brent Grimes, who's in his 30s already and is also recently removed from a torn Achilles. Davis struggled in a playoff victory against the Chiefs, but wasn't healthy.
Captain Munnerlyn, Panthers. Age: 26
Captain Munnerlyn wasn't even starting at the beginning of the 2012 season, yet he's turned into a terrific corner for the Panthers. He'll only be 26 in April.
Tarell Brown, 49ers. Age: 29
Tarell Brown has been an excellent cornerback for the 49ers over the past few years. However, he missed some time with a rib injury this past season and lost his job to the emerging Tramaine Brock.
Alterraun Verner, Titans. Age: 25
A former fourth-round pick, Alterraun Verner had an excellent 2013 campaign, though he faded down the stretch. A solid No. 2 corner going forward, Verner won't be 26 until December.
Sam Shields, Packers. Age: 26
The Packers have struggled to cover this year as a team, but Sam Shields hasn't been responsible for that. Shields was terrific in 2012 and solid this past season. He's an excellent starting cornerback.
Aqib Talib, Patriots. Age: 28
Aqib Talib is awesome when he's on, but he can have meltdowns when he's struggling, which is what happened against the Panthers in a Monday night loss. He's a legitimate No. 1 corner though, provided he stays out of trouble.
GM Jerry Reese with only six picks in the upcoming draft might be tempted to sign a cornerback in free agency. With many other needs on the table (OL,RB,TE,DL), Reese needs to be selective on which players/positions to add to the roster. In my opinion, Reese could go either way here and acquire a CB through the draft or through free agency; or perhaps both.
Next up: Prospects on the Giants' radar: Round 1