Getty Looking ahead to 2024, New York Giants free agency rumors link Big Blue to Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis.
With the 2023 season quickly coming to an end, most New York Giants rumors are looking ahead to the 2024 offseason – and it will be a big free agency period for general manager Joe Schoen and head coach Brian Daboll.
Schoen and Daboll were hired largely based on their performance with the Buffalo Bills. The former was an important number two for Brandon Beane, the architect of the Bills roster. The latter was responsible for getting Josh Allen and the Buffalo offense in order.
To recapture the magic, Schoen and Daboll may need to steal a significant portion of this dynamic Bills attack. “New York could use some talent in the outfield and, more specifically, they need a muscular receiver who can handle contested catches,” Bleacher Report’s NFL staff argued on Nov. 6, suggesting the Giants draft wide receiver Gabriel Targeting Davis in free agency next spring.
“At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Davis can provide that,” the writing team continued, “and he was a touchdown machine in Buffalo, scoring in each of his first three seasons and in five through eight Play at least six goals in 2023.”
Giants could make Gabriel Davis the WR1 in New York
Davis was selected as a sleeper in the 2020 draft, and Schoen and Daboll were likely involved. The question is: Can the Central Florida product lead an offense as a true WR1?
In three and a half NFL seasons, Davis has developed into a really strong No. 2 behind superstar WR Stefon Diggs. As a receiver, he has had three campaigns with more than 500 yards, reaching a career high of 836 yards through the air in 2022.
Davis is also leaning toward another 800-900 yard season in 2023.
Maybe he’s ready to make the jump from glorified No. 2 to frontman of an NFL offense. Keep in mind that in addition to Davis, the Giants would still have talented young players like Jalin Hyatt and Wan’Dale Robinson rising in the rankings – which would be a big improvement over current WR1 Darius Slayton.
One final factor that speaks volumes; Davis is a leader. The fourth-year WR was selected as one of eight team captains this August in Buffalo.
“The current bill is not just a one-trick pony,” Bleacher Report explained, rounding out its theory for 2024. “He can also play the field and has averaged 16.2 career yards per catch over three and a half years.”
They concluded that “in New York he would have the opportunity to develop and show that he is capable of becoming a top receiver.”
Giants could pay Gabriel Davis in free agency in 2024, Bills cannot currently
The Bills could still reallocate some funds between now and next March, but they are currently in no position to pay Davis in 2024.
Over the Cap estimates that Buffalo will have to forfeit approximately $29.168 million to compete in the new league year. A rising cap could help with that, but let’s assume the Bills are still in the red by free agency in 2024 – it might be difficult to justify big money for Davis when you’re already spending $24 million per year Diggs spends.
The Giants aren’t in great shape either, with a projected cap space of $3.832 million.
However, after a few obvious cuts and a contract restructure or two, Big Blue should have plenty of room for Davis.
A simple solution could be to part ways with Slayton himself and lose $6 million in cap space. With a long-term contract with compensation, that alone could be enough to afford the 24-year-old talent who is due for a raise.
It will be interesting to see what the Giants do at wide receiver next spring. They definitely need more weapons, and Davis could be the perfect solution.
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