Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News cited a team source Friday to report the Giants do, in fact, hope to re-sign Bennett before NFL free agency opens Tuesday afternoon. Bennett was correct to note that he was never the front office's top priority -- locking down left tackle Will Beatty for another five years was item No. 1 -- but Vacchiano reported the Giants want to keep their core together.
Kevin Boothe also is a target for re-signing, according to the newspaper, but if deals can't be reached, the Giants are prepared to seek out affordable backups. New York is roughly $9 million under the salary cap, but Vacchiano reported $6 million to $7 million likely will be tied up in restricted free agent tenders to running back Andre Brown, safety Stevie Brown and receiver Victor Cruz.