Path to the Super Bowl: Draft or Free Agency?
2007 New York Giants
The Giants had many faces who appeared on both their 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl rosters: quarterback Eli Manning, defensive end Osi Umenyiora, tackle David Diehl, and guard Chris Snee are a few of the players who they retained for both victories. Overall, their 2007 starting roster was pulled from exactly the same sources as in 2011: half of the players came from the draft and half came via free agency or trade. Some of the key players they added through the draft that were not around in 2011 included defensive end Michael Strahan, wide receiver Amani Toomer, and defensive tackle Barry Cofield. In addition to the “trade” for Manning, the Giants also traded for running back Reuben Droughns, who only rushed for 275 yards for the season but contributed six rushing touchdowns (led the team).
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