Two players who could be keys to fixing the Giants' "broken" offense will be visiting the team Wednesday and are expected to sign with the team a day after the opening of free agency.
Guard Geoff Schwartz and running back Rashad Jennings agreed to terms and were traveling to the New York area Tuesday night. A league source confirmed the Schwartz agreement while Jennings went ahead and did it himself via Twitter. Terms of the deals were not immediately known.
The Giants also reportedly will meet with former Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones WednesdayBrown, teamed with Antrel Rolle and Will Hill, would give the Giants one of the strongest safety groups in the league and allow defensive coordinator Perry Fewell to use his three-safety looks.
But the focus of the offseason remains that lumbering offense, which co-owner John Mara was critical of after it finished the season ranked 28th in the NFL.
Schwartz can play either guard or tackle, just the kind of versatility the Giants like, but he'll likely play left guard. That leaves the Giants with a hole at center. They are still in pursuit of Evan Dietrich-Smith, formerly of the Packers. He's reportedly visiting with the Bucs Wednesday; if that doesn't work out, the Giants would still be in play for him. One fallback move for the Giants at the position would be to re-sign Kevin Boothe, a guard who has played center in the past.
Jennings, meanwhile, will be an insurance policy in case David Wilson is unable to perform because of offseason neck surgery. That's a role Jennings is familiar with because he held it with the Raiders last year, backing up the oft-injured Darren McFadden. The Giants also re-signed running back Peyton Hillis to a two-year contract for added depth. Free agent Andre Brown, who led the team in rushing last year while playing only half a season, will likely sign elsewhere. Interestingly, one of the teams interested in him is Jennings' old squad, the Raiders.
Besides Hillis and Stevie Brown, the Giants also brought back kicker Josh Brown and cornerback Trumaine McBride. But they couldn't re-sign all of their players and a few reached agreements elsewhere.
Defensive tackle Linval Joseph may prove to be the biggest loss for the Giants as he signed with the Vikings for five years and $31.5 million. Tight end Brandon Myers signed a two-year deal with the Buccaneers (the Giants voided his contract and did not make him an offer to return) and safety Ryan Mundy signed with the Bears.