Last year at this time Oshane Ximines NFL Jersey , as the Giants were becoming exasperated with receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (a photo had emerged of Beckham with a cigarette that may have been stuffed with marijuana), speculation and rumors of a potential trade emerged. The issue reached a crescendo at the league meetings in Orlando, only to quickly fall apart once it became clear that the Giants: (1) wanted two first-round picks for Beckham; and (2) werent going to get it.A year later, after paying Beckham $21.45 million for one season (12 games), the Giants traded Beckham for a first-round pick, a third-round pick, and a guy who had been a first-round pick. In defending the move on Monday, Giants G.M. Dave Gettleman tried to characterize the haul as two first-round picks and a third-round pick.My barometer or litmus test was the franchise tag, Gettleman said. So, just for the sake of discussion, or explanation, if we had not signed Odell back in August, and we had played the season out and we had put the franchise tag on him if another team had signed him, and we didnt match it, we wouldve gotten two first-round picks. So, that was my litmus test. Oh, and by the way, as a point of reference, it has only happened once in league history, that was in 98 with Carolina signing [defensive tackle] Sean Gilbert off the franchise tag. . (Emphasis added.)But they didnt get two first-round picks. They got a first-round pick and a guy who had been selected with a first-round pick, which is a very different thing. A guy who had been drafted with a first-round pick is a lottery ticket that has had its encounter with the jagged edge of a quarter, its previously hidden value exposed. The possibilities of an unused first-round pick end in Canton; a used first-round pick has a ceiling that already has become obvious, in this case based on two years of NFL film.While safety Jabrill Peppers could end up being a great player Oshane Ximines NFL Draft , if he already were a great player he wouldnt have been so easily added to the deal. Look at this this way: Would any team have given the Browns a first-round pick for Peppers? If the answer is no (or hell no), then Peppers status as a former first-round pick doesnt make him the equivalent of an unused first-round pick.But its no surprise that Gettleman has opted to frame the issue this way, because it makes a deal that many Giants fans regard as a bad one look as good (or as not bad) as it can possibly be. But the real question continues to be this: What could the Giants have gotten for Beckham before signing him to a new deal and paying him $21.45 million for 12 games?If the answer amounted to peanuts in comparison to what the Giants got last Tuesday for Beckham, Gettleman would have affirmatively disclosed that information last week, or he would have at least generally alluded to the fact that the offers available before the team handed Beckham $21.45 million make the post-contract trade look tremendously better than it would have been before the payment was made. Lets see if there are still some intriguing players available"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections New York Giants NewsGiants Training Camp 2016Giants vs. Eagles 2015, Week 17New York Giants NewsGiants Free Agency 20195 low-cost free agents who could help the Giants in 2019New,64commentsLets see if there are still some intriguing players availableEDTShareTweetShareShare5 low-cost free agents who could help the Giants in 2019Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsNow that the first wave of free agency is over, the big money contracts are mostly done. From here on out, there will be smaller deals though the impact can still be big. For a team like the New York Giants who still have some holes on the roster but not a lot of money to play around with, this is the time to seek out some bargains. The Giants have already made a few good low-cost moves such as Antoine Bethea and Markus Golden, but there are still some free agents out there who could immediately help the Giants in 2019.Joe Barksdale, OTThe addition of a veteran tackle set to enter his age-31 season might not be the type of youth movement this team is searching for on the offensive line, but Barksdale could serve as a useful and competent placeholder while the future of the position gets sorted out. Barksdale was released in the middle of the season by the Los Angeles Chargers, signed with the Arizona Cardinals a week later, and immediately started the final four games of the season. During that time, he had a blown block rate of 1.3 percent per Sports Info Solutions, which was the second-best among Arizonas offensive linemen during that span behind only center Mason Cole (centers typically have lower blown block rates than tackles, so do guards). Even at Barksdales peak with the Chargers, he was only making around $4 million per season, so he could be a low-risk signing to plug in on the right side to upgrade over Chad Wheeler (2.47 percent blown block rate) and figure out whats next at the position.Benson Mayowa, DLMayowa is a former Cardinal, but doesnt have experience with James Bettcher 2018 was his only season in the desert. But even if theres a lack of familiarity, Mayowa still has a skill set that translates well into Bettchers scheme. Mayowa had the second-most pressures on the Cardinals last season (23) behind Chandler Jones (45) and added four sacks. He had 15 non-sack tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage last season Oshane Ximines Buffalo Bills Jersey , which ranked 22nd among all defensive players. Hes shown a consistent ability to rush the passer and previously had six sacks in 2016 with the Dallas Cowboys.Watch him (91) change direction off play-action and chase down Jared Goff for a sack in Week 2.Last year Mayowa was signed to a one-year deal worth $1.3 million, which comes in around the price the Giants have taken swings at defensive linemen this offseason. He only started four games, but played 52 percent of Arizonas defensive snaps. He has the ability to play with both his hand in the dirt and standing up and hell turn 28 years old in August.Caraun Reid, DLWhile Mayowa would be a useful piece to rotate in on the edge, Reid could be that for the interior. There were few players last season better at creating pressure from the interior, even though Reid didnt have a lot of playing time. Reid only had 105 pass rush snaps, but among 94 defensive tackles with at least 100 pass rushes, he was sixth in pressure rate per Sports Info Solutions. His sack rate was low, but pressure rate is more predictive of future sack rate than past sack rate. Placing the soon-to-be 28-year-old Reid in a rotation with B.J, Hill, Dalvin Tomlison, Olsen Pierre, and however many interior linemen are drafted, would keep them fresh throughout a game. Reids presence would allow the Giants to either have two pass rushing interior defenders on the field at the same time with Hill in too or it would keep at least one on the field if Reid filled in for the second-year defender.Zach Brown, ILBBrown signed a three-year/$21 million contract with Washington last offseason, but only got through a year of it before being released. The cut was more due to Washingtons bad bookkeeping than Browns play.Over the past three seasons, one in Buffalo and two in Washington, Brown has been one of the leagues most consistent inside linebackers. He had 18 tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage last season and was consistent in coverage. The one year he was asked to blitz more often than usual 2016 in Buffalo he put up four sacks. Last season he only had 27 pass rushes, per Sports Info Solutions, and had a pressure rate of 25.9 percent. Alec Ogletree was sent 67 times in 2018 with a pressure rate of 20.3 percent and that might be the best part of his game. Brown is also one of the leagues best tacklers. His 5.05 percent broken tackle rate was the ninth-lowest among 94 defenders with at least 50 tackles in 2018.The finances would be tricky with Brown. Hes not going to get a $7 million per year deal entering his age-30 season, but hes also not coming in on a vet minimum deal. $4 to $5 million might be the range. Ogletrees presence on the roster also makes it tough, because the Giants cant get out of that deal before June 1. At that point, the Giants could save $4 million on the cap Color Rush Oshane Ximines Jersey , which would potentially break even with Brown coming in. But if Dave Gettleman has insisted he wont hesitate to draft over a starter if the value is there, why wouldnt that be the case in free agency when Brown is a better player than Ogletree in just about every way?Rashard Higgins, WR (RFA)This isnt likely to happen because NFL teams in general stay away from restricted free agency, but they should be more aggressive in this area and it makes sense for the Giants to do so here.I brought this up as a possibility after the Odell Beckham trade, but lets run through it again. Because Higgins is a restricted free agent, the Giants would have to give an offer sheet to the current Cleveland receiver. The Giants would also have to give up a draft pick if the Browns dont match. But Higgins was only given an original round tender, which means as a fifth-round pick, the Giants would only have to part with a fifth for the receiver. The Giants currently have three of those theyd have to give up their own fifth, the 144th overall pick. A best-case scenario for a fifth-round pick is turning into Rashard Higgins.Now the Giants would have to offer Higgins a contract and with restricted free agents, it usually has to be enough for his current team to not want to match. But given the Browns now have Beckham and a large deal for Jarvis Landry already on the books, they might not want to pay more than the current tender for a player who will at best be their No. 3 receiver, even with $35 million worth of cap space for 2018 per Over The Cap.Because of that, the Giants could potentially come away with a below-market deal for Higgins, who was 12th among 83 receivers with at least 50 targets in Expected Points Added per target in 2018 per Sports Info Solutions. Given the need still at wide receiver and the deals handed out to similarly or less talented receivers who were able to hit free agency, parting with a late-round pick to get a player like Higgins on a multi-year deal isnt a bad strategy.It could potentially offer the Giants a few different avenues to explore. First, it would give the Giants a young (25 years old in October) receiver who can consistently win down the field from the outside, which they dont have right now. A receiver rotation of Higgins, Golden Tate, and Sterling Shepard isnt all that bad. It could also allow them to seek trade offers for Shepard, who they might not re-sign after 2019. If they go that route, Shepard should bring back more than the fifth-round pick given up for Higgins. It gives the Giants a few options to improve the receiving corps now and in the future.