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Report: Giants unwilling to spend top dollar for premier edge rushers

The New York Giants will enter free agency in “desperate” need of quality edge rushers to pair with Kayvon Thibodeaux and one potential target is Danielle Hunter.

Earlier this month, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reported that the Giants had eyes on Hunter in addition to some impending free agent guards.

Detroit Lions left guard Jonah Jackson and Minnesota Vikings pass rusher Danielle Hunter, in particular, are among the top-tier free agents at those positions that the Giants like, sources at the NFL Combine say.

The issue facing general manager Joe Schoen is that Hunter is a top-of-the-market free agent and will likely command a significant contract.

With limited money to spend, the Giants may have to allocate their resources elsewhere.

ESPN’s Jordan Raanan reports that despite the Giants’ needs (and wants) at the position, they are unlikely to spend what is required to land a premier pass rusher and that essentially takes Hunter — and some others — off the table.

The Giants desperately want to add at edge rusher. They’re going to monitor the top of the market (i.e., Danielle Hunter) but aren’t really looking to spend in that range, one source told ESPN at the combine.

Raanan notes that there are several second-tier options available, including one that has been previously linked to the Giants — Bryce Huff.

But there are a lot of quality, starting-caliber options, such as A.J. Epenesa, Bryce Huff, Andrew Van Ginkel, Josh Uche and Leonard Floyd, a player the Giants have long coveted. That’s more likely the path they travel in free agency.

Schoen will have to make do with what he’s got and determine if the offensive line or defensive line is a bigger priority.

Story originally appeared on Giants Wire