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Should he stay or go: Ryan Mundy
Although the New York Giants didn't get where they wanted to during the 2013 NFL season, they did get surprisingly good production out of their safeties. Part of the reason why was free agent acquisition Ryan Mundy. The five-year veteran was a solid contributor to New York's secondary with a career-high 50 solo tackles in 16 games played, but he was still only the third best safety on the Giants' roster. Antrel Rolle and Will Hill also had career years in 2013, and that raises the question of whether or not the Giants want to bring Mundy back for next season. He is set to be a free agent this spring, and while depth in the secondary is always nice, the Giants have a lot of holes to fill and only so much cap space to deal with. So should the Giants re-sign Mundy? The answer is no, unless he doesn't feel like he deserves a raise after having the best season of his career in 2013. After such a successful year, there will almost be certainly be teams on the market that value Mundy more than the Giants do. Of course, New York still needs one or two players to backup Rolle and Hill next year. One avenue they could explore is bringing back Stevie Brown. The breakout star of 2012 is also a free agent this offseason, but he'll come cheaper than Mundy because he missed all of 2013 with a torn ACL. If Brown is even half as productive as he was two seasons ago, he'll make for a fine reserve safety. Another player the Giants can turn to is Cooper Taylor. The unproven youngster was taken by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft, but he barely saw any playing time this season. No matter if New York believes in Taylor's ability or not, he will probably be on the 2014 roster due to his youth and affordability. If the Giants don't trust either Brown or Taylor, they can always look to the draft or free agency. While it would seem unwise for New York to spend a high pick on a safety, there should still be plenty of playmakers available later in the draft, such as Alabama's Vinnie Sunseri. In free agency, there are a number of veterans that could be had for less than $1 million, including Michael Huff, Jim Leonhard, and Yeremiah Bell.
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