Jason Pierre-Paul has officially signed his long-term extension with the New York Giants, thus, opening up about $9 million in cap space, according to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan.
While the Giants are in a great position with both Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon, they still need to look for help rushing the passer.
Vernon led all edge rushers in snaps last season and Pierre-Paul was on his way to doing the same before getting injured.
According to Pro Football Focus, New York’s pressure percentage was 28th in the league and their quick pressure rate was 29th in the league.
The Giants also allowed opposing quarterbacks more time in the pocket before pressure than any other team (2.59 seconds).
So, let’s look at four options still available in free agency who could give the Giants valuable depth off the bench at edge rusher.
4. Darryl Tapp
Registering a PFF grade of 78 last season with the New Orleans Saints, Darryl Tapp would be a nice veteran presence off the bench for the Giants.
Considering he’ll be 33 years old by the start of next season, it’s no wonder he’s still a free agent, as teams are more interested in finding younger talent first and then reverting to a guy like Tapp before the start of the season.
Leon Hall is a classic case of what I’m getting out of here.
3. Elvis Dumervil
Although he missed half the season in 2016, Elvis Dumervil has been one of the league’s best pass rushers for years.
Just two years removed from sacking the quarterback 17 times, Dumervil would be a nice piece on a Giants defense that would ask him to play a niche role (something Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has resorted to and succeeded with).
2. Paul Kruger
Similar to Dumervil, Paul Kruger is just two seasons removed from one of the best years of his career, as he sacked the quarterback 11 times in 2014.
Kruger played in 15 games last season with the Saints, registering a PFF grade of 67.2.
1. Michael Mauti
Most of you probably have no idea who Michael Mauti is, heck, I didn’t know who he was either before I did some research to come up with this list.
Mauti, a former seventh-round pick from Penn State, has spent four seasons in the NFL, with his last two coming in New Orleans.
He had a PFF grade of 61.4 last season and he’s also the youngest player on this list, someone with something to prove, considering he’s seen limited action (just 58 snaps in 2016).