Below are the offensive players on the Giants’ roster who will become unrestricted free agents come March 12:
Giants 2013 UFAs – Offense
- G Kevin Boothe, OT Sean Locklear, OT William Beatty
- QB David Carr
- RB Kregg Lumpkin, RB Ryan Torain
- TE Martellus Bennett, TE Travis Beckum
- WR Domenik Hixon, WR Ramses Barden
- K Lawrence Tynes
John Fennelly, Executive Editor
With offensive line a sore spot, the Giants will not part with Beatty that easily, especially after investing a ton of TLC the past few years in bringing him along. His best football is still in front of him.
Boothe has mentioned he will test the free agent waters and you can say he owes the Giants for giving him a shot, so they could end up getting a hometown discount from him. Locklear played well before going down with a knee late in the season. If he recovers to the doctors’ satisfaction, the Giants may consider bringing him back.
Carr will be here as long as the Giants keep calling him. Show me a guy with an easier gig in this league.
Lumpkin and Torain were only brought in only because the Giants got caught short at RB last year. With more options at their disposal this spring, it’s hard to see either of these guys back here.
Re-signing Bennett should be one of the Giants’ priorities this offseason. They brought him in last year on a “prove-it” deal and Bennett proved it. GM Jerry Reese might be too smart for his own good this time. Bennett will draw plenty of attention in the UFA market, which means he could wander out of the Giants’ price range. The good news is that he likes it here and might take what the Giants offer him.
Beckum hasn’t done a whole lot in his four seasons here. It’s doubtful he’ll get many offers. If the Giants want to bring him back, the field should be clear.
Hixon has always been a favorite of the coaches and Eli. He could receive an offer or two, but let’s face it, injuries have haunted Hixon and the interest will be minimal. If the Giants will likely bring him back if they can get him at a reasonable rate.
Barden is still an interesting player. Teams will be inquiring about his services. He is not at the top of the Giants’ wish list. I don’t expect to see him back here. With Nicks, Cruz, Randle and Jernigan ahead of him he had no place in the offense, anyway.
Tynes has become a reliable kicker over time. He was second on the NFL in both scoring and FG made last season. He slipped a bit late in the season, but was 8-12 over 40 yards overall. His kickoffs were not as strong in 2012 as they were in 2011 (70 of his 94 kickoffs were retuned in ’12 as compared to 35 of 70 in ’11). Either way, the Giants will seek to bring him back unless a much better option presents itself.