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Could this unrestricted free agent be a good fit for the Giants defense?

The New York Giants will open their 2024 training camp at the end of July, but that doesn’t mean the retooling of their roster is complete.

According to Over the Cap, the Giants currently have the lowest available cap space in the NFL, with a positive balance of $1.126 million. That meager amount makes it almost impossible to attract additional players.

However, if Darren Waller retires, as is believed, that would free up just over $11 million in capital space, as the transaction would be a post-June 1 transaction.

The team could use that extra money to pursue one or two veteran free agents to bolster units that general manager Joe Shoen and head coach Brian Daboll still believe need additional depth.

One such area that could be a candidate for additional talent is cornerback. Although the team has veteran David Long, Jr. has added to the mix and pledged their confidence in third-year CorDale Flott, the Giants might be wise to add another veteran like cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon if things don’t go according to plan. at the position this summer.

Witherspoon, 6-2 and 195 pounds, is a former third-round pick of the 49ers in 2017 who last played with the Los Angeles Rams, for whom he started 17 games, his first full season of games in his career .

Before signing with the Rams, Witherspoon, who once suffered a significant hamstring injury, had spent the 2021 and 2022 seasons with the Steelers, who acquired him via trade from the Seahawks.

Witherspoon played in just 13 games over those two seasons and suffered a season-ending hamstring injury in Week 3 of the 2022 season. The Steelers released him on May 17, 2023.

Witherspoon is primarily an outside cornerback with good length and has an NFL coverage grade of 92.5, in which he may 55.6 percent of passing targets against him must be completed for 2,874 yards (13.9 yards/per reception).

In 2,511 career coverage photos, he has allowed just 27 touchdowns but has 29 pass breakups and 11 career interceptions. Witherspoon, who ranked fourth in interceptions in 2019, returned for a touchdown (one), finished last season eighth in pass breakups with 14.

Last season, Witherspoon signed a one-year contract with the Rams for the veteran minimum. So far, it appears interest in his services has remained muted, leaving one wondering if the 29-year-old would be open to another one-year veteran contract or even an incentive-laden deal if he were to be drafted to get on. in.

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