After a 9-7-1 2022 season that included a playoff victory over the No. 3 seed Minnesota Vikings, the New York Giants fell short of expectations in 2023 with a 6-11 record.
The team gave big money to quarterback Daniel Jones (four years, $160 million) and Saquon Barkley (one year, $10.09 million), but missed a total of 14 games as New York had to resort to playing an undrafted rookie at QB (Tommy DeVito) and 28-year-old journeyman RB (Matt Breida) at various points throughout the year.
The offense needs a major overhaul, and the defense needs a steady and consistent voice. The Giants replaced defensive coordinator Wink Martindale with Shane Bowen, who spent the past few seasons in the same position with the Tennessee Titans, and retained offensive coordinator Mike Kafka after he interviewed for several head coaching jobs.
But now head coach Brian Daboll is entering a critical third season, and if 2023 repeats, he could be looking for a new employer this time next year.
Daboll has a number of key decisions to make, including whether to lock up Barkley long-term, whether Jones is New York's long-term answer at QB and whether to select an offensive line or a wide receiver with the sixth overall pick.
Here's what you need to know about the offseason in New York:
PROJECTED CAP SPACE FOR 2024: : $26.81 million (15th in NFL)
FREE AGENTS | Offense: QB Tyrod Taylor; RB Saquon Barkley, Matt Breida; WR Parris Campbell, Sterling Shepard, Gunner Olszewski; OT Matt Peart; OGs Ben Bredeson, Wyatt Davis, Shane Lemieux; JC Hassenauer Center; Long snapper Casey Kreiter
Defense: DEs A'Shawn Robinson, Jihad Squad; DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches; LB Jarrad Davis, Isaiah Simmons, Cameron Brown, Darrian Beavers, Benton Whitley, Carter Coughlin; CBs Adoree' Jackson, Darnay Holmes, Nick McCloud; Safety Xavier McKinney
Special teams: Kicker Randy Bullock