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Free-Agent Contracts Giants Must Consider Before Training Camp

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Free-Agent Contracts Giants Must Consider Before Training Camp

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - NOVEMBER 24: Dalvin Cook #33 of the New York Jets runs onto the field during team entrances before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium on November 24, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ryan Kang/Getty Images)

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The Giants lost a key piece of their offense when Saquon Barkley signed with the rival Eagles in free agency. They added Devin Singletary and rookie Tyrone Tracy Jr. this offseason, but their backfield depth is still quite questionable.

Unfortunately, New York isn’t going to find a “sure-thing” starter lingering on the free agent market. There was a run at the position early in free agency, and the player pool has drained considerably.

The Giants might be able to get a steal, however, if they take a chance on four-time Pro Bowler Dalvin Cook. The 28-year-old struggled to see the field with the New York Jets last season, but he’s still just two years removed from a season with 1,468 scrimmage yards.

Cook is eager to reestablish himself as a top back.

“I can still cut and still take (the ball) 80 (yards) when it’s time. I just got to get out there and show all these people that Dalvin is still Dalvin,” he told NFL Network’s The Insiders in May.

Cook should be open to a low-risk “prove-it” contract, and New York’s potential reward could be massive. However, it would be wise to get him into the building ahead of camp so that he can be fully integrated into the offense. Cook joined the Jets in mid-August last offseason, which may have been part of the issue.

Projected Contract: One Year, $2 Million

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