NFL Free Agency: New York Giants looking at four possible candidates for linebacker

The New York Giants are looking forward to next week’s free agency to find a replacement for Jon Beason, who announced his retirement hours after his release from the team.

Beason, who was selected to his first Pro Bowl and was an AP All-Pro selection after recording 138 tackles and three interceptions in his second season with the Carolina Panthers, cited multiple injuries for his decision to retire at the age of 31. He also stated that he is set for another scheduled surgery.

With that, the Giants starts to look for possible replacement and as early as now General Manager Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo are already comparing notes. NY Daily News Nees reported that the Giants are looking at four possible free agents that could fill Beason’s position namely Jerrell Freeman (Indianpolis Colts), James Laurinaitis (LA Rams), Zach Brown (Tennessee Titans) and Tahir Whitehead (Detroit Lions).

Though the Giants have other linebackers in its line-up, but none is as reliable with the likes of Beason.  In his 12 games with the Giants in the 2013 season they went 7-4 (after an 0-4 start), and Beason had 93 tackles.

Playing as a pro, Beason had a total of 705 tackles, 4.0 quarterback sacks, 10 interceptions, three force fumbles, and 33 pass deflections.

The Giants are taking it slow as they will be picking 10th in the 2016 NFL Draft from April 28 to 30 in Chicago. However, they have to make a gamble if they wish to solidify their defensive ranks as the free agency market will be a frenzy.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano states that aside from a linebacker, the Giants are also in dire need of a rush-passer, free safety, an offensive lineman and a wide receiver.

The Giants recently started to fortify its squad as they signed restricted free-agent tight Larry Donnell a tender contract of $1.671 million that means he will back with the team for the 2016 season. It also means that the Giants will have to match any offer that Donnell may receive from other teams.

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