The Giants might try to lure Saints center Brian de la Puente in free agency, according to The New York Daily News.
The Daily News’ Ralph Vacchiano reported on Monday that the Giants had expressed “interest” in signing de la Puente in free agency. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound de la Puente, 28, has started 44 games for the Saints since 2011, and he is one of 11 New Orleans players due to hit the open market when the free agency signing period begins at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
He made a salary of $2.02 million in 2013 while flanked by guards Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans. Under him on the Saints depth chart is Tim Lelito, a rookie who started in place of Evans in two games in 2013.
Starting Giants center David Baas — who is 32 and played in just three games last year due to injuries — is supposed to make $4.75 million, and his team reportedly has wanted him to take a pay cut.
In other Saints-related chatter:
— ESPN’s Mike Triplett is reporting that New Orleans isn’t likely to sign safety Louis Delmas, who visited the team in February. Triplett cites an unnamed source.
— Josh Hill, an undrafted rookie tight end for the Saints in 2013, was honored by his hometown of Blackfoot, Idaho, last week. He received what is thought to be the first city key to be given out in Blackfoot’s history, according to the Idaho State Journal. Hill had six catches for 44 yards and a touchdown in his rookie campaign.