NFL free agency 2017: Brandon Marshall deal, latest Giants rumors, buzz on Wednesday | RECAP

Tuesday was the first day of the NFL‘s “legal tampering period.” The period allows teams to enter negotiations with the agents of unrestricted free agents before contracts can be finalized after 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Not surprisingly, the Giants were quiet on Tuesday. With just $13 million in salary cap space, the Giants aren’t in position to make a big splash in free agency.

Business could pick up a bit on Wednesday for the Giants, especially as they try to come to an agreement on a long-term deal with Jason Pierre-Paul, who was franchise tagged last week.

This post will be updated throughout the day with the latest buzz, news and rumors, with live Twitter updates available in the feed below.


JPP market watch:

When Chandler Jones deal is signed, he’ll make over $16M/season, ($83-$84M for 5 years) w/over $50M guar. Monster deal

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 8, 2017

Jason Pierre-Paul’s camp was surely paying attention to the deal signed by Cardinals edge rusher Chandler Jones. Jones will reportedly get a deal in Olivier Vernon territory: Five years for $83-84 million with over $50 million guaranteed. Pierre-Paul is only one year older than the 27-year-old Jones.

Another DT option:

Ravens also won’t be getting Brandon Williams back. Lot of rumblings about Williams and Giants but not sure a decision has been made.

— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) March 8, 2017

This came out of left field. The Giants are interested in retaining defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, but his price may be too high. Williams is expected to be even more expensive and he is more of a Damon Harrison clone as a run-stuffing defensive tackle. The Giants can get creative to create more cap space, but it’s hard to see them finding enough to land Williams.

Chargers are looking at Russell Okung:

I’m hearing Russell Okung to get strong interest form LA Chargers. #9sports

— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) March 8, 2017

Guess Martellus Bennett won’t be back in New England:

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017

Will Marshall mentor OBJ?

Brandon Marshall on his relationship with Odell:

— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) March 8, 2017

Was Marshall sending the Giants a sign?

So, about Brandon Marshall’s Twitter picture … Was the Internet right?

— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) March 8, 2017

Brandon Marshall is looking for a ring:

Brandon Marshall on #Giants signing: ‘It was all about championships.’

— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) March 8, 2017

Politi: Signing Marshall puts pressure on Eli:

Brandon Marshall will make the Giants offense better, but we all know the who really has to improve in 2017.

— Steve Politi (@StevePoliti) March 8, 2017

Targeting another weapon:

Few TEs left. GB wants to keep Cook. Hear NYG, JAX, BUFF and NE are in on Bennett. TEN and DET have been inquiring on TEs as well

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 8, 2017

The Giants reportedly are pursuing tight end Martellus Bennett, who was with the team during the 2012 season. It would seem difficult for the Giants to afford Bennett, but the team is exploring all avenues to upgrade the offensive weapons.

Getting to work:

Brandon Marshall is currently working out in the Giants’ fieldhouse per his Instagram account.

— Dan Duggan (@DDuggan21) March 8, 2017

Brandon Marshall wasted no time getting to work after signing his Giants’ contract. He posted a video of him working out in the Giants’…