Tuesday at 4 p.m. just marked the start of it. And the Giants now have a piece missing in the center.
The team released center David Baas today, creating an opening at the position for the 2014 season. The Giants, like 31 other teams in the NFL, have three avenues to address such holes: their current roster, the draft, and the timeliest of them, free agency.
Here Giants.com explores those options:
NFL.com’s Top Free Agents at Center
1. Alex Mack, Cleveland Browns (Transition Tag) - VIEW PROFILE
2. Brian De La Puente, New Orleans Saints - VIEW PROFILE
3. Evan Dietrich-Smith, Green Bay Packers - VIEW PROFILE
4. Jonathan Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers - VIEW PROFILE
5. Ryan Wendell, New England Patriots - VIEW PROFILE
Mike Mayock’s Top 5 Centers in the 2014 NFL Draft
1. Marcus Martin, USC
2. Weston Richburg, Colorado State
3. Travis Swanson, Arkansas
4. Bryan Stork, Florida State
5. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma
2013 New York Giants Roster
- G/C Kevin Boothe (unrestricted free agent)
In 2013, started six games at center and 10 at left guard (has started all 16 games the last two seasons for the Giants).
- C Jim Cordle (restricted free agent)
Started six games last season at center in place of an injured David Baas before being placed on injured reserve himself after a Week 12 loss to Dallas.
- C Dallas Reynolds
Played in three games after joining the Giants in 2013; started 14 games for the Eagles in 2012.
Position Depth in Free Agency (NFL.com)
- 1. Defensive end
- 2. Cornerback
- 3. Offensive tackle
- 4. Safety
- 5. Defensive tackle
- 6. Center
- 7. Wide receiver
- 8. Running back
- 9. Linebacker
- 10. Guard
- 11. Tight end
- 12. Quarterback
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