NFL Free Agency 2020: The five best players the Giants could target:
Cory Littleton, LB
Do you want tackling, leadership and versatility? Here is your guy Littleton remained vacant, but hasn’t missed a game with the Rams in four years and has completed 259 tackles in 32 starts over the past two years. He has played almost 95 percent of snaps since 2018 and has six career interceptions and 8.5 sacks. He was a pro bowler in 2018. He would be an immediate starter, along with Ryan Connelly, who returned from knee surgery, and the Giants would all play inside linebacker for years to come. Littleton is just 26 years old.
Logan Ryan, CB
Former head of coach Joe Judge, Bill Belichick, has an affinity for Rutger’s players. Maybe the judge too. Ryan is a proven actor and winner, appearing in 15 postseason games and not playing in less than 14 games in any of his seven seasons. The judge saw him close to the patriots every day for four years. Ryan signed a three-year, $ 30 million contract with the Titans and would immediately move in as the leader of the young Cornerback Corps. He has 17 career interceptions and at 29 he still has a lot in the tank. The New Jersey native will likely be cheaper than Byron Jones or James Bradberry and could fill the slot while DeAndre Baker and Sam Beal stay outside.
Kyle Van Noy, LB
In week 6 of last season, Van Noy had a sack of Daniel Jones and also fumbled for Jon Hilliman to return 20 yards for a touchdown in a Patriots win. The judge was on the New England sidelines that day and no doubt knows what kind of supplement Van Noy can contribute to a defense. He can play defensive end and linebacker and it takes a creative coordinator to use all the skills he has. It is no surprise that Van Noy, a selection of Lions from the second round of 2014, only blossomed after trading with the Patriots as a player. He is 29 and would give Richter a familiar face in the locker room and in the field.
Connor McGovern, C.
Protecting the inside of the offensive line has never been more important in the NFL. The Giants hoped they had the middle answer with Jon Halapio, but he didn’t have a great 2019 season returning from a heavy ankle operation. McGovern started 16 games for the Broncos last season and was ranked eleventh best in the league by Pro Football Focus. Halapio was 33. The Broncos took McGovern in the fifth round in 2016 and moved him to the center in 2018. This could be a headline-less signature that improves the line.
Devin McCourty, S.
The judge insists that he will not push for a veteran to serve as a mentor to younger players. He knows McCourty well from his time together in New England and also knows that you have to be careful if you invest a lot in someone with 10 years in the league who turns 33 in August. McCourty, however, is an accomplished guy and had five interceptions in 2019, most of them every season for seven years. He could take the place of Antoine Bethea, who is currently on the squad but will be 36 in July and has not had a batsman on the field last season.