Latest Giants free agency buzz: DT Danny Shelton visiting New York on Monday

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Danny Shelton
Danny Shelton

Here's the latest NFL free agency buzz as it pertains to the Giants...

March 29, 11:27 a.m.

Just when you thought the Giants were done in free agency, DT Danny Shelton is visiting East Rutherford on Monday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Giants lost Dalvin Tomlinson in free agency to the Minnesota Vikings, so there is a void on the interior line. Where Shelton would fit alongside Dexter Lawrence, who normally plays nosetackle, would be interesting if he would be signed. The Giants still have B.J. Hill on the roster as well.

Shelton, 27, has played for three different teams already in his career. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2015, playing three seasons with them before heading to the New England Patriots in 2018 – a Joe Judge connection there. Last season, he played 12 games with the Detroit Lions, totaling 37 tackles (two for loss), one sack and four quarterback hits.

Known more as a run stuffer than anything else, Shelton shouldn’t be too costly, which makes sense for the Giants who already spent a good chunk of change this season.

March 24, 11:12 a.m.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed Kyle Rudolph and the Giants finally got their deal done, and he has agreed to undergo surgery to repair his foot injury.

That was the snag in him not signing the two-year, $12 million deal with $4.5 million fully guaranteed right away. Those are still the constructs of the deal and nothing will be changing there.

The hope at the moment is Rudolph will be ready for Week 1, but participation in training camp may be limited because of his rehab.

Vacchiano confirmed Tuesday that the Giants' medical staff was concerned Rudolph may need surgery on his foot following his physical. Though Rudolph didn't believe he needs a procedure, the Giants thought that may be the case.

March 24, 9:57 a.m.

In the wake of their free agent splurge, which included the signings of Kenny Golladay and Adoree' Jackson, the Giants have restructured some of their existing deals in order to fit their new additions under the salary cap.

That includes restructures for James Bradberry and Blake Martinez.

Bradberry had $8 million of his $13.9 million salary converted into a bonus, clearing $4 million in cap space this year and adding $4 million to his 2022 cap hit, per SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Also per Vacchiano, Martinez had $7 million of his $8.125 million salary converted into a bonus, clearing $3.5 million this year and adding $3.5 million to his 2022 cap hit.

March 23, 6:20 p.m.

If you're wondering why TE Kyle Rudolph wasn't officially announced by the Giants, we may know now.

SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed that the Giants' medical staff is concerned Rudolph may need surgery on his foot following his physical. He suffered a foot injury back on Dec. 6, and though he doesn't believe he needs a procedure, the Giants think that may be the case.

A source tells Vacchiano that a deal isn't dead just yet, though. Both sides are working on where to go from here, and terms of the contract could change now.

Rudolph's deal was for $12 million over two years.

March 20, 10:25 a.m.

Free agent cornerback Adoree’ Jackson is scheduled to arrive in New Jersey on Sunday for a visit with the Giants, who are looking to upgrade the spot across from star cornerback James Bradbery, per SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano.

Jackson, 25, was a first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2017 and has started 41 games since, though a knee injury did limit him to just three games last season. The Titans actually had picked up his fifth-year option for 2021, but they released him on Tuesday, one day before that $10.2 million salary was guaranteed.

The Titans then signed ex-Giants cornerback Janoris Jenkins instead.

Jackson is close to Giants defensive back Logan Ryan, a former Titan. He is expected to continue his visit with the Giants on Monday, and then head to Philadelphia where he reportedly will meet with the Eagles.

March 19, 2:15 p.m.

The Baltimore Ravens are not making a play for free agent WR Kenny Golladay, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

Some around the league assumed the Ravens would be offering Golladay a similar deal to the one they had offered JuJu Smith-Schuster, who accepted a deal for less money to return to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Baltimore reportedly offered Smith-Schuster a one-year, $9 million deal, including $3.5 million in incentives.

March 19, 12:32 p.m.

Kenny Golladay is looking for at least $18.5 million a year, according to Mike Florio of NBC Sports.

That's going to be tough to come by -- the Chicago Bears reportedly offered the WR something in the $11-12 million range.

Golladay played in just five games last year, missing most of the season with a hip injury.

March 19, 10:23 a.m.

The Ravens have reached out to Golladay's agent, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Golladay's meeting with the Giants reportedly was extending into Friday.

The Ravens have a need at the WR position for 2019 MVP Lamar Jackson, arguably more than the Giants.

Marquise "Hollywood" Brown led the team in receiving yards last year with 769 -- in Jackson's MVP season, Brown's 584 yards was the most throughout their WR core, as tight end Mark Andrews' 852 receiving yards was a team-high.

March 19, 9:28 a.m.

Tight end Kyle Rudolph's contract with the Giants is worth less than originally thought.

Rudolph's deal, which was originally said by his agent to be two years and $16 million before being revised to two years and "up to" $14 million is actually only guaranteed to be two years and $12 million, a source told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano.

Rudolph can earn an additional $2 million via incentives.

He will get $4.5 million in guaranteed money for the 2021 season, with a cap hit of $4.75 million.

March 18, 9:13 p.m.

The Giants are adding another piece to their defense.

SNY NFL Insider Ralph Vacchiano reports that the Giants are signing linebacker Reggie Ragland to a one-year deal.

The Alabama product was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 2016, but missed his entire rookie season with a torn ACL. He was then traded and played his first three pro seasons in Kansas City (helping the Chiefs win a Super Bowl) before spending the 2020 season with the Detroit Lions.

Ragland has recorded 212 career tackles with 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and one interception.

March 18, 2:40 p.m.

Kenny Golladay will have to get a rapid COVID test before he's even allowed to enter the Giants' facility Thursday for his meeting with the team, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported.

Assuming it's negative, his first meetings will take place shortly after that. His physical will be at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan. It's likely the Giants will want him to have an MRI to check on the hip that kept him out of 11 games last season in Detroit.

March 18, 2:10 p.m.

According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Kenny Golladay will be visiting the Giants Thursday afternoon and they expect to host him at night as well.

This is a big development for the Giants, especially if they're trying to get a deal done. There are other parties interested in the 27-year-old wideout, so now would be the best time to get a deal done before Golladay goes somewhere else.

The interest has been clear for quite some time. Maybe something good for both sides comes out of the visit. We'll wait and see.

March 18, 10:20 a.m.

The Giants have landed a new backup for Daniel Jones with QB Mike Glennon signing with New York, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The 31-year-old Glennon played for his fifth NFL team last season, starting five games for the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he and the team went 0-5. He put up 1,072 yards for seven touchdowns and five interceptions with a 62 percent completion percentage.

Not a bad deal for the Giants, as Alex Tanney retired and Colt McCoy was only on a one-year deal. Glennon is definitely a serviceable backup, and could be solid for the Giants if Jones goes down for a couple games like he did in 2020.

March 18, 10:00 a.m.

Former Patriots LB Brandon Copeland has a visit planned with the Giants, per ESPN's Michael Rothstein.

Copeland played just six games in New England last season, but spent two seasons with the Jets prior to that. So he knows MetLife Stadium pretty well.

Copeland doesn't have the sack numbers that you might expect from an outside backer, totaling 7.0 in five seasons (66 games). During his time in New York, he also had to serve a PED suspension back in 2019.

The University of Pennsylvania product turns 30 before the 2021 season kicks off.

March 17, 9:28 p.m.

The Giants added an edge rusher, bringing in former Viking Ifeadi Odenigbo on a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Over the past two seasons (31 games), Odenigbo has 10.5 sacks and 58 total tackles. He wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent by Minnesota.

This is a low-risk, high-reward signing as the Giants hope Odenigbo can fit Patrick Graham's scheme and work with others on the roster already like Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines.

March 15, 8:37 p.m.

The Giants have agreed to sign RB Devontae Booker to a two-year deal worth up to $6 million, SNY’s Ralph Vacchiano confirms.

Booker rushed for 423 yards on 93 carries and caught 17 passes for 84 yards with the Raiders last season.

March 15, 7:44 p.m.

Austin Johnson's contract details have been reported. The Athletic's Dan Duggan reports that the Giants gave Johnson a one-year, $3 million deal that is fully guaranteed and includes up to $500,000 in incentives.

March 15, 5:47 p.m.

The Giants have resigned DT Austin Johnson, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirms.

The Giants are in need of help on the line with the thought that Dalvin Tomlinson is unlikely to return.

Johnson joined the Giants last season and played in all 16 games. He finished 2020 with 18 total tackles, two TFLs, one sack and one force fumble.

The Giants also announced that Nate Ebner, who is set to be a free agent this offseason, will try out for U.S. Olympic Rugby team. He already represented the U.S. once back in 2016.

March 15, 1:28 p.m.

Wide receiver Kenny Golladay, who SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reported could be at the top of the Giants' list, might not be as expensive as originally thought.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Golladay's deal could come in at between $14 million and $16 million per season.

In order to afford Golladay even at that price, the Giants have work to do to clear more cap space.

Signing Leonard Williams to a long-term extension and finalizing a restructure with Nate Solder are two ways the Giants can clear additional room.

Mar. 15, 12:46 p.m.

Shaq Barrett's new deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be worth up to $72 million, with $36 million guaranteed, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Barrett's contract will help set the market for edge rushers, and could have an impact on the ceiling of a potential Leonard Williams extension.