In day 1 of free agency negotiations, the Giants focused on fixing the offensive line and getting a Pro Bowl Edge rusher.  The GMen said goodbye to both Saquon Barkley and Xavier McKinney, and hello to two offensive linemen, Jon Runyan Jr. and Jermaine Eluemunor, and RB Devin Singletary. The day ended with a blockbuster trade that brought the Giants Pro Bowl Edge Rusher Brian Burns from the Carolina Panthers.

Saquon Barkley is now a Philadelphia Eagle.  He stayed in the NFC East, garnering a 3-year $37.7M (with incentives to max out at $46.75M). We wish him well…but only for 15 of the 17 games each year.  Xavier McKinney agreed to a deal with the Green Bay Packers for four years, $68M.  Clearly, GM Joe Schoen had strict position values for running backs and safeties.  Both of these deals exceeded his plans.  It’s also quite likely these positions were not at the top of GM Joe’s priority list to fill.  

Joe Schoen’s first order of business was to bring Guard Jon Runyan Jr to the Giants on a 3-year, $30M deal.  In his first four years in the NFL, Runyan has recorded over 1000 snaps each at Right Guard and Left Guard.  Runyan finished in the top 5 for pass protection in 2023.  Schoen followed that with another offensive lineman agreement, bringing Guard/Tackle Jermaine Eluemunor from the Raiders on a 2-year $14M deal.  Eluemunor reunites with new Giants Offensive Line Coach Carmen Bricillo.  Eluemunor brings some veteran depth as a starter the last two seasons for the Raiders and could challenge Evan Neal at right tackle.

After Saquon left to join the rival Eagles, the Giants pivoted to Devin Singletary.  Singletary reunites with Head Coach Brian Daboll after playing well for the Houston Texans last season.  Singletary played for Offensive Coordinator Daboll in Buffalo.  Devin should fit right into the Giants offense.  He accounted for over 11oo yards of offense last season for the Texans.  

The move of the day though was the trade for Edge Brian Burns.  The Giants gave Carolina one of their second round draft picks (#39) this year plus a fifth round pick (acquired in the Leonard Williams trade from Seattle) in 2025.  Then the Giants came to agreement with Burns on a 5-year $150M deal.  This will make Burns the second highest paid Edge in the league.  He adds to a strength of the Giants defense, the defensive line which includes #1 ranked interior defensive lineman, Dexter Lawrence, and rising Edge Kayvon Thibodeaux.  Burns has accounted for 46 sacks in his five-year career and adds instant pressure to opposing quarterbacks that the Giants sorely need.

Signings cannot take place until Wednesday.  After Day 1 of the free agent negotiations, it’s clear that GM Joe Schoen is out to strengthen the trenches on both sides of the ball.  What will be his next moves?

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