So we've pretty much established that the Giants are not going to be players in the Oklahoma Land Rush for free agents Karlos Dansby and Julius Pepper. At least I'd be stunned if they were. If the market cools after a few days, though, the Giants might consider jumping in.
Anyway, the more likely scenario is that they take a look at some restricted free agent linebackers. There are three that I've had in my mind since they released Antonio Pierce last month: D'Qwell Jackson of the Browns, Kirk Morrison of the Raiders and Barrett Ruud of the Buccaneers.
We told you last night that the Raiders gave Morrison a third-round tender offer, which is basically like advertising for Crazy Eddie (Prices so low, we're practically giving it all away!). Ruud has reportedly been given a first and a third-round tender, which makes his price a little too steep in terms of draft compensation.
But I just spoke with the agent for D'Qwell Jackson and he said that the Browns have put a second-round tender on that player.
Think about it. A second-round pick for an established veteran who could come in and step into the middle of the defense. It might be the cheapest way for them to go to fill that big vacuum in the middle of the defense.