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10 free agency options for the Giants in 2016

NFL free agency begins March 9 at 4 p.m., and the Giants have about $58 million to spend. Here are 10 names the Giants could target in free agency (listed by position):

Doug Martin, RB

The Giants used a four-headed committee at running
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The Giants used a four-headed committee at running back in 2015 with Rashad Jennings, Shane Vereen, Andre Williams and Orleans Darkwa. The foursome combined for 1,609 yards (18th in the NFL) and five touchdowns (tied for second-worst in the league). If they decide to scrap the committee and start anew, Doug Martin may be an appealing option. Martin -- who was drafted by the Buccaneers one pick before the Giants in 2012 -- has rushed for more than 1,400 yards twice in his career (2012, 2015), averaged at least 4.6 yards per carry in both of those seasons and also has 158 career receptions. However, both of those 1,400-yard seasons sandwich two injury plagued years where he failed to run for more than 500 yards or 3.6 yards per carry.

Roddy White, WR

Rueben Randle is an unrestricted free agent, and
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Rueben Randle is an unrestricted free agent, and Victor Cruz is an unknown after he missed the entire 2015 season with a cal injury as he recovered from patellar tendon surgery that ended his 2014 season early. Cruz and the Giants may rework their deal, but even if Cruz returns to his salsa-ing ways next season, they need added depth. The Falcons released Roddy White after 11 seasons, 808 receptions and 10,863 yards. But he only had 43 catches for 506 yards and a score last season after being buried on the depth chart. White will turn 35 next season.

Mitchell Schwartz, T

The Giants cut Will Beatty and Geoff Schwartz
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The Giants cut Will Beatty and Geoff Schwartz after injuries cost them most (Schwartz) or all (Beatty) of their 2015 season. They intend to keep Ereck Flowers at left tackle and Weston Richburg at center, so the question (as it seems to be every season) is where 2013 first-rounder Justin Pugh will line up. If they decide to kick him inside to guard, they'll need a right tackle. Mitchell Schwartz is an unrestricted free agent who graded out as Pro Football Focus' top right tackle of 2015 thanks to his 11 QB knockdowns allowed all season. He'll also be just 27 when the season begins. But will he want to sign with the team that just cut his brother?

Kelechi Osemele, G

On the other hand, the Giants could keep
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On the other hand, the Giants could keep Pugh at right tackle and opt to find help inside. In that case, they could go after Ravens guard Kelechi Osemele. Like Schwartz, Osemele will be 27 when the season starts. He graded out as PFF's fourth-best run-blocking guard and allowed 13 total pressures in 417 pass-blocking snaps at left guard, according to the website. He does have versatility, having played every spot on the line except center. He'll likely be highly sought-after once the market opens.

Malik Jackson, DE

By far, the Giants' greatest need this offseason
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By far, the Giants' greatest need this offseason is pass-rushing help. Jason Pierre-Paul is an unrestricted free agent, and the Giants have just two defensive ends -- Owamagbe Odighuzuwa and Kerry Wynn -- under contract for 2016. Malik Jackson is coming off of a Super Bowl championship with the Broncos and may demand a big contract, but the 6-5, 293-pound defensive lineman is a three-down player with versatility. He could fill the Justin Tuck/Robert Ayers role for the Giants -- a guy who can play outside on first and second downs, then slide inside on third-and-long in their NASCAR package.

Charles Johnson, DE

If it's strictly defensive end help the Giants
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If it's strictly defensive end help the Giants seek, then they'll have their pick of talented free-agent edge rushers. One of the better fits may be Charles Johnson, who was cut by the Panthers on March 3. Johnson, 30, is a prototypical 4-3 end who has 63 1/2 career sacks, but he's coming off of an injury that cost him seven games.

Mario Williams, DE

If the Giants want to make a big-name
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If the Giants want to make a big-name splash in free agency, Mario Williams may be an option. The former No. 1 overall pick has 96 career sacks, including five seasons with 10 or more sacks. He was cut after a frustrating season in which he claimed he was misused by head coach Rex Ryan. The 31-year-old's best work comes when he's allowed to get after the quarterback as a 4-3 end, making the Giants' scheme a perfect fit for him.

Danny Trevathan, LB

Jon Beason retired after an injury-plagued 2016 season,
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Jon Beason retired after an injury-plagued 2016 season, leaving a hole in the middle of the Giants' linebacker corps. Danny Trevathan was one of the more underrated members of the Broncos' vaunted Super Bowl defense, but he put up big numbers (109 total tackles, two interceptions, six passes defensed) and will be just 26 at the start of the 2016 season.

Janoris Jenkins, CB

Prince Amukamara is an unrestricted free agent, so
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Prince Amukamara is an unrestricted free agent, so if the Giants decide not to re-sign him they'll need to find another starting corner opposite Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Janoris Jenkins will be 27 entering the 2016 season and has 10 interceptions (with five returned for TDs) and 48 passes defensed to his name. He and Trumaine Johnson were a formidable cornerback duo for the Rams, but the Rams could only keep one, and they chose to franchise Johnson. Jenkins did have some off-field questions when he entered the league in 2012, but he has stayed clean since then.

Eric Weddle, S

Landon Collins had quite a few growing pains
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Landon Collins had quite a few growing pains in his rookie season, but the second-round pick showed a bit of promise for the Giants. He's better when asked to play up in run support, so the Giants may decide to bring in a safety who can patrol centerfield. Eric Weddle, at 31, may be more of a short-term option, but he brings a stabilizing veteran presence while also upgrading the back end of the secondary. He had a down season in 2015 with San Diego, which is partly due to both age and acrimony between him and the Chargers. At the very least, his 19 career interceptions and 74 passes defensed in 137 starts are an upgrade over Craig Dahl's five career INTs and 18 passes defensed.

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