NY Giant’s Most Impactful Offseason Moves 

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The Giants have made plenty of moves this offseason with the team looking very different than they looked in recent years, but this list is the top 5 moves I think will have the most impact on winning football for the G-Men in 2024. With the NY Giants offseason Hard Knocks debuting on July 2nd, we should get a more in-depth behind-the-scenes look at how these moves came to fruition. 

#5: Signing Jermaine Eluemunor

If you’ve been on Giants Twitter recently, you know about Jermaine Eluemunor. This guy has been awesome to follow, he hasn’t stopped talking about how happy he is to be a Giant and has fully embraced the fans, the culture, and the city. His X.com skills aren’t the reason he made this list.

Jermaine is 29 and signed a 2-year, $14M with a $6.75M guaranteed contract. He is coming from the Raiders so he is very familiar with former Raiders and now the new Giants Offensive Line coach, Carmen Bricillo. This combined with his positional flexibility, having proven himself as a capable starting swing tackle and guard gives the Giants options to replace Evan Neal if he continues to underperform.

The Giants made a few other important offensive line moves including signing Jon Runyan to a three-year, $30 million contract, with $17 million guaranteed that will revamp the offensive line and hopefully translate to on-the-field success.  

#4: Signing Drew Lock 

I won’t say Drew Lock was signed to compete with Daniel Jones, but at the very least is here to push Daniel Jones into playing better. DJ’s injury history makes it foolish to rely on him to finish the entire season, especially with the uncertainty regarding the offensive line.

Having a backup like Drew Lock can make all the difference. Daniel Jones is in yet another make-or-break year. If he plays well his contract is very favorable for the remaining two years and the Giants will continue to build the rest of the roster.

If he doesn’t play well, I expect Drew Lock to start a few games before evaluating the QB position for next season after Jones is cut. Drew Lock was the guy I hoped we would take a flier on back in 2019, so it’s coming full circle to see both of these guys on the same team and to see if one of them can secure the starting job in the future. 

#3: Signing Devin Singletary 

The NY Giants signed Devin Singletary to a three-year $16.5M contract in a move aimed at retooling the runningback room by committee to replace Barkley’s production. Singletary is a great reliable addition with familiarity with Schoen and Daboll from his time in Buffalo.

I won’t say he can replace Saquon but he’s consistently been healthier and has a higher yards per carry each year of his career. This is partly due to his usage volume compared to Saquon.

Still, he has had over 800 yards each of the last three years, and along with fifth-round rookie running back Tyrone Tracey Jr., they can make a formidable backfield while the Giants attempt to open up the passing game this season.  

#2: Drafting Malik Nabers 

With the departure of Saquon Barkley and no clear #1 receiver in sight since OBJ was cast away to Cleveland like Tom Hanks screaming Wilson the Giants have finally got their go-to guy. The Darren Waller experiment tried and failed.

The move was low-cost and had high potential, as an attempt to bandage a poor receiving corps. Sadly, it was clear the Giants needed a younger and more permanent solution with Waller’s age, injury history, and off-field personal situations making his retirement feel mutual.

Nabers seems to be adjusting well and enjoying the voluntary workouts and rookie minicamp after some of his comments pre-draft indicated his unhappiness with his new team. Coming from LSU, his clear combination of explosive athleticism and smooth route running should immediately translate on the field as it has for his LSU wideout predecessors.

I expect Malik Nabers to make an immediate impact and lead the Giants in receiving while opening up coverages for Wan’Dale and Hyatt to be more productive this season.

Nabers has already been stirring up excitement when asked recently, “Who is one DB you can’t wait to match up against?” and with no hesitation, he responded “Trevon Diggs.”

#1: Trading for Brian Burns 

Joe Schoen and the Giants decided to take a big swing for Carolina Panther’s two-time pro bowl outside linebacker Brian Burns for the 39th overall pick and a 2025 5th round pick acquired from the 49ers.

The Giants wasted no time locking Burns up with a 5 year $141 million contract with $87.5 million guaranteed. This move fortifies the Giant’s defensive line as the clear #1 unit on the team by pairing him up with All-Pro Dexter Lawrence and Kayvon Thibodeaux.

The trade compensation on paper is a steal when considering before the trade deadline reports surfaced that the Rams offered first-round picks in 2024 and 2025, as well as a second-round pick in 2025 but Carolina’s front office rejected the trade, David Tepper has no one else to throw a drink on besides himself.

The team’s lack of planning and foresight has worked to the Giants’ benefit and hopefully adding Burns to this defense enables the G-Men to take the next step while cementing themselves as D-line teams have nightmares about. 


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