On signing familiar free agents
Gettleman drafted James Bradberry. Joe Judge coached Nate Ebner and Cameron Fleming. Fleming also played for Jason Garrett and Marc Colombo. Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell played for Patrick Graham with Green Bay. Dion Lewis played for Judge in New England. Austin Johnson played for defensive line coach Sean Spencer at Penn State.
Why did the Giants lean on signing so many players familiar to them? The answer Gettleman gave may also have told us why they have not signed free-agent pass-rusher Jadeveon Clowney.
“For us, a big concern was the medical piece. What happens if you sign a high-dollar guy and he doesn’t pass his physical? Now where are you?,” Gettleman said. “You’ve spent free agency, now the draft and you think you have your team set and you put together what you feel is a good roster and all of a sudden a guy doesn’t pass his physical. You’re rolling the bones a little bit.
“The guys we signed we felt we got good value, and we’re very pleased with the group.”
The same is probably true of draft picks as well.