5 teams who could poach Jamaal Williams from the Detroit Lions in free agency

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5. New York Giants

The Giants had the NFL’s fourth-best rushing attack in the NFL this past season (148.2 yards per game), and they were also fifth in yards per rush (4.8 yards per carry). But Saquon Barkley is a free agent himself, and he may be expensive to keep.

The Giants can of course re-sign Barkley, or franchise tag him. Cap space is not an issue for them ($46.923 million right now, fourth-most in the league according to Over The Cap). But they should look to aggressively upgrade their wide receiver situation. And if they don’t re-sign (or franchise tag) Daniel Jones, they’ll be somewhere in the market for a quarterback. That cap space could run short pretty quickly, and the commitment to re-signing Barkley is hard to truly tab. General manager Joel Schoen has said he won’t overpay.

If Jones is still going to be the Giants’ quarterback, in 2023 if not fairly well beyond, maintaining a quality ground game around him will be mandatory. They got a close look at Williams when he scored three touchdowns against them in Week 11 this past season, for whatever that might be worth.

If Barkley is gone, and it is a legit “if” that could go either way, Williams stands as a potential pivot option for the Giants.