Giants sign low-budget defenders as ​​Bradberry joins Philadelphia

Giants general manager Joe Schoen talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine.
Giants general manager Joe Schoen talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine.
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As former Giants star cornerback James Bradberry settles into his new home with their divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles, Big Blue has made 4 new signings to bolster their lackluster defensive roster.

Two former Ravens cornerbacks, Maurice Canady and Khalil Dorsey, will both join the team from the Meadowlands next year, which reunites them with defensive coordinator Don “Wink” Martindale, who had previously coached the pair of defenders in Baltimore. 

Canady has appeared in 40 games throughout his 5-year career, and recorded 86 tackles, along with 3 tackles for a loss and 1 interception. 

Dorsey, meanwhile, played his rookie season with the Ravens last year as an undrafted free agent, and showed flashes of potential that the Giants hope they can build upon going forward. 

Both players will work to fill the gaping hole left by Bradberry, who the Giants cut this offseason in an effort to alleviate their dire cap situation. In 6 seasons (4 with the Panthers and 2 with the G-Men), Bradberry recorded 15 interceptions and 380 tackles, while earning a Pro Bowl nod in the 2020–21 season. 

While his production against marquee wide outs will be missed, Martindale and rookie head coach Brian Daboll hope they can patch together enough solid play to avoid major bleeding.

But even with Bradberry, the team’s defense allowed the 6th most passing completions in the league last season at 402. 

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Meanwhile, also on defense, the team has signed defensive end Jalyn Holmes (who spent his first 3 years in Minnesota, before playing last year in New Orleans), and safety Henry Black (who has spent 2 seasons with the Green Bay Packers). 

None of their recent signings have made a splash with fans hoping for significant roster improvements, but the precarious salary cap space problems have forced the Giants to feed off the bottom-of-the-barrel names in free agency. 

Heading into the offseason, the G-Men were projected to be $5.7 million over the cap limit, according to the data-tracking site Over The Cap, which put them in the worst financial situation of any NFL franchise. 

Those issues come as the team needs to make a decision after the coming season about whether to retain quarterback Daniel Jones, who is set to hit free agency. If the team’s new front office regime, led by rookie general manager Joe Schoen, decides to stick with the 24-year-old, they will need to shell out a significant contract to the passer — making their financial prospects even worse.

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