Arguably the main need for the Giants this offseason is a pass rusher, and there are many to choose from on the free agent market despite teams likely to franchise tag a few of those players.
According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, GM Dave Gettleman & Co. aren't playing around. They're looking at the top tier.
The Giants are showing interest in DE Jadeveon Clowney, the former first overall pick by the Texans back in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Clowney, 27, may not have been his normal disruptive self last season, collecting only three sacks and 31 combined tackles in 13 games with the Seahawks. But a core muscle injury that required offseason surgery to repair didn't allow him to play the way he wanted. In the previous two seasons with Houston, he had 9.5 and 9.0 sacks in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
The thought is that Clowney will be back to his normal self in 2020 -- with a big payday coming his way.
The Giants can spend on a player like Clowney, who Spotrac projects to receive a multi-year deal worth around $20 million per season. After cutting Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin on Wednesday, the Giants' cap room rose to just under $74 million.
Other than the Giants, Anderson mentioned the Colts being a team interested in Clowney's services. They have around $86 million in cap space, so they are in the same position as the Giants in being able to give him the hefty contract he is set to receive. Seattle may be looking to bring him back -- and the franchise tag isn't an option -- but Over The Cap has their cap space at $44.6 million at the moment. They won't spend all their money on one player.
Clowney is worth the price, though, being a stud pass rusher in his prime that can wreak havoc on offense every Sunday. Others like Shaq Barrett, Yannick Ngakoue, and Arik Armstead are also set to hit the market.