The New York Giants’ offseason hit a climax when the team signed wide receiver Kenny Golladay on Saturday to a four-year, $72 million contract. We graded that signing, plus the seven that preceded it, in this space over the weekend. But general manager Dave Gettleman and the Giants have kept up their wheeling and dealing ways since then, acquiring two more players this week. The much more significant of those is former Tennessee Titans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, who agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract on Monday. But Big Blue also inked former Washington Football Team outside linebacker Ryan Anderson to a one-year, $1.127 million deal, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. Just like we did for New York’s first eight signings, let’s assign a letter grade to these last two.
The Big Fish
CB Adoree’ Jackson
It came as a surprise when the Titans released Jackson last week, despite exercising the fifth-year option on his rookie contract last offseason. Tennessee needed payroll relief to get under this year’s depressed salary cap, and cutting Jackson saved them over $10 million. The Titans’ sacrifice wound up being the Giants’ gain, as Big Blue now has a number-one-calibre corner to start opposite Pro Bowler James Bradberry.
The second outside corner spot was arguably New York’s biggest need coming into this offseason. In Jackson, they found not just an adequate stopgap, but a potential star. In 2018 and 2019, the USC product allowed an average of only 7.25 yard per target, and a combined passer rating of just 91.9. According to Pro Football Focus, Jackson registered impressive grades in the mid-70s for each of his first three seasons.
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The catch with Jackson, and likely a contributing factor as to why Tennessee let him go, are injuries. The 2017 first-round pick missed five games in 2019 with a sprained foot. Last year, he missed 13 games with a sprained knee. A combined 18 games lost to injury over the last two seasons is certainly cause for concern, but the injuries themselves are not career altering. The Giants clearly felt comfortable enough after Jackson underwent his physical to still offer him a sizeable contract.
Jackson undeniably carries risk due to his injury history, but the quality of player he is when on the field is undeniable as well. New York is gambling on Jackson staying healthy for the majority of his contract. If he does, he’ll give them an elite cornerback tandem, and one the best overall secondaries in football.
The Small Fish
OLB Ryan Anderson
Anderson is a 2017 second-round pick by the Washington Football Team. Despite his relatively high draft position, Anderson has played sparingly and been pretty unproductive over his first four NFL seasons. His best season was in 2019, when he started four games and had four sacks and five forced fumbles. The rest of the Alabama product’s stat book is pretty bare. He’s a cheap depth addition for a Giants outside linebacker corps that could use the bodies, and he’s shown some decent pass-rushing abililty when given the chance. Still, it’s hard to get too enthusiastic about this one.