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John Jerry, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

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John Jerry Re-Signed by New York Giants: The New York Giants have announced that they have re-signed unrestricted free agent offensive guard John Jerry.

Jerry started all 16 games at right guard for the Giants in 2014. Jerry was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Dolphins where he started 45 games in his first four seasons in the NFL. The Giants signed Jerry as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014. Jerry looks the part with very good size and long arms, and he flashes both as a run and pass blocker. But he is not a very consistent player and he struggled quite a bit at times in 2014.

The team also officially confirmed that they  have re-signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Chykie Brown, which we reported yesterday. The contract is reportedly a 2-year, $2 million deal.

For a list of all of the Giants free agents, see the 2015 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

Other New York Giants Free Agent News:

  • Unrestricted free agent safety Darian Stewart (Baltimore Ravens), who the Giants were rumored to be interested in, has signed a 2-year contract with the Denver Broncos.

Article on the New York Giants and Free Agency: Is uncertainty over Tom Coughlin’s future hurting the Giants in free agency? by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Antrel Rolle on WFAN Radio: The audio of Friday’s WFAN interview with former Giants safety Antrel Rolle is available at CBS New York.

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Mar 122015
 
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Chykie Brown, New York Giants (November 16, 2014)

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Chykie Brown Re-Signed by New York Giants: According to NJ.com, the New York Giants have re-signed unrestricted free agent cornerback Chykie Brown. Terms of the deal are not yet known.

The Giants claimed Brown off of waivers from the Baltimore Ravens in November 2014. He ended up playing in eight games with four starts and finished the season with 31 tackles and two pass defenses for the Giants. Brown was originally drafted by the Ravens in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In four seasons with the Ravens, Brown played in 46 regular-season games with two starts.

“He is a young man that is very conscientious,” said former Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell in December 2014. “He takes very good notes, and when I say takes good notes, he is a good film study guy. He doesn’t have all of our techniques down pat, but he has the long arms. We like that, for jams, he has really good speed, so we like the speed that he can possess when he runs down the field.

“He is a pretty tough guy as a corner. Most corners are not physically tough guys, I think he is a pretty tough guy. I think he is a really nice addition to come in and help play in our secondary. We just like the speed factor, and some of the intangibles of what I just mentioned in his play.”

For a list of all of the Giants free agents, see the 2015 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

Other New York Giants Free Agent News:

  • Unrestricted free agent safety Rahim Moore (Denver Broncos), who the Giants reportedly were interested in, has signed with the Houston Texans.
  • Unrestricted free agent defensive end Adrian Clayborn (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), who the Giants were reportedly interested in, has signed with the Atlanta Falcons.
  • The Giants are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent safety Darian Stewart (Baltimore Ravens). However, according to the The Daily News, while Stewart is visiting the Broncos and Falcons, he has no visit scheduled with the Giants.

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Article on the New York Giants Running Backs: Andre Williams welcomes Shane Vereen, says three’s not a crowd in Giants’ backfield by Tom Rock of Newsday

Mar 112015
 
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Antrel Rolle, New York Giants (September 21, 2014)

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New York Giants unrestricted free agent safety Antrel Rolle has signed with the Chicago Bears. Rolle’s contract is reportedly a 3-year, $11.25 million deal that includes $5 million in guaranteed money.

Despite starting all 16 games in 2014, Rolle did not have the same impact on the playing field that he did in 2013, when he was named All Pro and played in the Pro Bowl. Rolle finished the 2014 season with 87 tackles, three interceptions, nine pass defenses, and one forced fumble.

Rolle was originally drafted as a cornerback in the 1st round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. After three inconsistent seasons at corner, the Cardinals moved him to safety in 2008, where he quickly excelled. Rolle was signed by the Giants in March 2010 after the Cardinals cut him in a salary-related move. Rolle became a defensive leader and never missing a game in his five seasons with the Giants. He was named All Pro twice (2010 and 2013) with the Giants.

The departure of Rolle and the free agent status of Stevie Brown and Quintin Demps leave the Giants currently very thin at safety. The only safeties currently under contract on the New York roster are Nat Berhe, Cooper Taylor, and Thomas Gordon.

For a list of all of the Giants free agents, see the 2015 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

Mar 112015
 
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J.T. Thomas, Jacksonville Jaguars (December 18, 2014)

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The New York Giants officially confirmed that the team has signed the following unrestricted free agents:

  • RB Shane Vereen (from the New England Patriots)
  • WR/Returner Dwayne Harris (from the Dallas Cowboys)
  • OT Marshall Newhouse (from the Cincinnati Bengals)
  • LB J.T. Thomas (from the Jacksonville Jaguars)
  • LB Jonathan Casillas (from the New England Patriots)

Running Back Shane Vereen (Giants.com Video Interview):

“Vereen gives us lots of versatility as a receiver and runner,” said General Manager Jerry Reese.  “He is one of the best as a receiver out of the backfield or detached. He is very hard to handle for most linebackers. And he has big game experience.”

“(I made this) decision with my family,” Vereen said. “At the end of the day, I wanted to make a decision that was right for us, right for them, and this is a great organization. I was fortunate enough to play in New England with another great organization. This is not a step down; if anything, it is a step up. I am looking forward to the opportunity, and I am enjoying being in New York.

“I think it (third down back) is just a role I have always felt comfortable in. It has always been a role I have been tagged with. I had to learn how to do that to get on the field. That is how it started in college. I had to pass protect to get on the field. I had to catch the ball to get on the field. When you are backed up against the wall and your only option is to get better, then that is what you work at.

“I am looking for an opportunity to get the ball in my hands any way possible, whether it is running the ball or catching the ball. Any way. I am sure we are going to find ways to be effective with it.”

Wide Receiver/Returner Dwayne Harris (Giants.com Video Interview):

“Harris is a well-kept secret to a lot of people, except the teams in NFC East,” said Reese. “He is one of the top all-around special teams players in league and a solid third or fourth receiving option.”

“I am a physical player,” Harris said. “I think all of the Giants fans are going to find that out soon. I am a physical player and I like the physical nature of the game. I like being the guy who hits players. I take a lot of hits during the game. It is always fun to return the favor.

“This was just a perfect fit for me with what (the Giants) do. They are going to give me a chance to play my old team, the Dallas Cowboys, twice a year.”

Offensive Tackle Marshall Newhouse (Giants.com Video Interview):

“Newhouse is another guy who brings starter experience and depth,” said Reese. “He can play tackle on either the left or the right side.”

“I can do both (play either tackle),” Newhouse said, who played with the Packers from 2010-13 before signing with the Bengals in 2014. “I have played plenty of left. I have started over 20 games at left and I have played plenty at right. I can do whatever they need me to do.

“(Re-joining Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdoo) was a big part (in me signing with the Giants). It is good to always have familiarity, and he knows what I can do. I am just looking forward to proving him right and then some.”

Linebacker J.T. Thomas (Giants.com Video Interview):

“My agents and I went back and forth, and it just felt like I needed to be (here),” Thomas said. “I just want to thank the Mara and Tisch families for having me. I am excited. (I received) a call from Coach (Tom) Coughlin and it was cool. I am excited to be here, really excited to be here.

“I am an aggressive player. Bang, bang plays, turnovers – that is my thing. I am good at getting the ball back (by) creating turnovers. I think that is what will help us win ballgames, and that is my goal.”

Linebacker Jonathan Casillas:

“It’s hard to put into words,” said Casillas, who grew up in New Jersey. “After so much time away and playing ball in New Orleans and Tampa and New England, being able to come back home and be able to play in front of your home crowd and my family is really a blessing.

“The Giants are getting a real football player. Since I’ve been in the league, I’ve been under the radar, and I’ve accepted that. I’ve found a way to make plays and contribute, and also to make a healthy contribution to the city I’m in by doing things in the community. I try to do things the right way.”

Mar 112015
 
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (July 22, 2014)

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Tom Coughlin Receives One-Year Contract Extension from Giants: The New York Giants have announced that they have extended the contract of Head Coach Tom Coughlin by one year. Coughlin is now under contract through the end of the 2016 NFL season. According to press reports, Coughlin is expected to make about $7 million per year.

The 68-year old Coughlin is the oldest head coach in the NFL. 2015 will be Coughlin’s 12th season with the Giants, the second-longest tenure for a head coach in franchise history after Steve Owen, who coached the Giants for 24 seasons from 1930-1953.

Since becoming head coach of the Giants in 2004, Coughlin is 96-80 (.545) in the regular season and 8-3 (.727) in the playoffs. He also won two NFL Championships with the team in 2007 and 2011. However, Coughlin’s Giants have missed the playoffs for three seasons in a row.

At the NFL Combine in  February, Coughlin was asked about his job security: “Security, security? Thank you very much,” replied Coughlin. “There are 32 guys that coach one year at a time, I don’t care how many years you have on your contract.”

Giants Waive CB Travis Howard: The New York Giants have announced that they have waived cornerback Travis Howard. Howard was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Houston Texans after the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent some time on the Practice Squad of the Patriots that season before the Giants signed him to their Practice Squad in December 2013. Howard was waived/injured and placed on Injured Reserve in August 2014.

The team also confirmed that they have waived offensive tackle Rogers Gaines, a move we had reported earlier.

Article on WR/Returner Dwayne Harris: Breaking down the financials of Dwayne Harris’ 5-year deal with Giants by Jordan Raanan for NJ.com

Mar 112015
 
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Henry Hynoski, New York Giants (December 7, 2014)

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The New York Giants have re-signed unrestricted free agent fullback Henry Hynoski. The contract is reportedly a 2-year, $2 million deal.

Hynoski played in all 16 games in 2014, with four starts. Although he saw his playing time reduced in the new West Coast system, Hynoski actually had a career-high seven carries for 13 yards as the Giants used him more as a short-yardage runner. However, 2014 was the first season he did not catch a pass. That all said, the strength of Hynoski’s game is still his run blocking.

Hynoski originally signed with the Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. Hynoski missed virtually all of 2013 with knee and shoulder injuries. A bit of a throwback, Hynoski is a big, physical player. He is not overly athletic as he lacks speed and agility.

For a list of all of the Giants free agents, see the 2015 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

Mar 112015
 
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Mark Herzlich, New York Giants (November 16, 2014)

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New York Giants Re-Sign Linebacker Mark Herzlich: The New York Giants have re-signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Mark Herzlich. The contract is reportedly a 2-year deal.

In his fourth season with the Giants in 2014, Herzlich had his most productive season, playing in 15 games with eight starts at outside linebacker. He finished the season with 52 tackles, one sack, and two pass defenses. Herzlich was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft. Herzlich was regarded as one of the better collegiate linebackers in the country before missing the 2009 season with bone cancer, which led to him having a titanium rod inserted into his left femur.

For a list of all of the Giants free agents, see the 2015 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

Other New York Giants Free Agent News: Here is the latest news on the free agent front:

  • Unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Dan Williams (Arizona Cardinals), who the Giants had expressed interest in, has signed with the Oakland Raiders.
  • Unrestricted free agent safety Rahim Moore (Denver Broncos), who the Giants are reportedly interested in, is visiting the Houston Texans.
  • The New York Daily News reports that the Giants remain interested in unrestricted free agent safety Ron Parker (Kansas City Chiefs). Parker is reportedly scheduled to visit the Bears.

Mar 112015
 
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Walter Thurmond and Michael Strahan, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

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New York Giants unrestricted free agent cornerback Walter Thurmond has signed with the Philadelphia Eagles. The contract is reportedly a 1-year deal.

The Giants signed Thurmond as an unrestricted free agent in March 2014. Penciled in as the team’s nickel or #3 corner, Thurmond was placed on Injured Reserve in September 2014 with a torn pectoral muscle that required surgery after playing in only two games. Thurmond was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Seahawks. He missed much of the 2011 and 2012 seasons recovering from a broken leg (fibula), playing in only eight regular-season games. In November 2013, he was suspended four games for violating the NFL’s drug policy.

For a list of all of the Giants free agents, see the 2015 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

Mar 102015
 
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Dwayne Harris, Dallas Cowboys (November 23, 2014)

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Giants Sign Dwayne Harris: The New York Giants have reportedly signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris (Dallas Cowboys). The contract is reportedly a 5-year, $17.5 million deal that includes $7.1 million in guaranteed money.

The 27-year old Harris was originally drafted in the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Cowboys. In four seasons with the Cowboys, Harris has played in 52 regular-season games with three starts, catching 33 passes for 418 yards and three touchdowns. He has also averaged 26.6 yards per kickoff return on 77 kickoff returns and 11.1 yards per punt return on 87 punt returns. Harris has also returned two punts for touchdowns. Harris has decent size, speed, and quickness. He is a very good special teams players, not just as a returner but on kick/punt coverage. Harris has won the “NFC Special Teams Player of the Week” three times, including once against the Giants.

Giants Sign Marshall Newhouse: The New York Giants have reportedly signed unrestricted free agent offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse (Cincinnati Bengals). The contract is reportedly a 2-year, $3 million deal with $1 million in guaranteed money.

The 26-year old Newhouse was originally drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. He was the starting left tackle for the Packers in 2011 and 2012 before losing his starting job in 2013. Newhouse signed with the Bengals as a free agent in 2014 and he started five games for the Bengals. However, he struggled at right tackle for Cincinnati and was benched. Newhouse has a very good combination of size and overall athleticism, and he is versatile. But Newhouse has been a very inconsistent player who has lost starting jobs twice in his NFL career.

Giants Sign J.T. Thomas: The New York Giants have reportedly signed unrestricted free agent linebacker J.T. Thomas (Jacksonville Jaguars). The contract is reportedly a 3-year, $10 million deal with $4.5 million in guaranteed money.

The 26-year old Thomas was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2011 NFL Draft by the Chicago Bears. The Bears waived him in August 2013 and he was claimed off of waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Thomas played in 16 regular-season games in 2014 with 10 starts at middle linebacker. He finished the season with 84 tackles, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Thomas lacks ideal size, but he’s an athletic linebacker who can play all three linebacker positions. He is also a good special teams player.

Giants Re-Sign Chris Ogbonnaya: According to ESPN, the Giants have re-signed unrestricted free agent running back Chris Ogbonnaya.

Ogbonnaya was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Since then he has played for the Rams (2009), Texans (2011), Browns (2011-13), and Panthers (2014). Ogbonnaya was signed to the 53-man roster of the Giants in December 2014. Ogbonnaya has played in 51 games with 12 starts and has carried the ball 158 times for 710 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 96 catches for 714 yards and two touchdowns. Ogbonnaya is a big back with good speed. He has good hands catching the ball.

Giants Waive Rogers Gaines: According to The New York Daily News, the Giants have waived offensive tackle Rogers Gaines.

Gaines was waived/injured and then placed on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury in August 2014. Gaines was originally signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted rookie free agent after the 2013 NFL Draft. The Ravens waived him in August 2013. The Bears signed him to their Practice Squad in September 2013. The Giants claimed Rogers Gaines off of waivers from the Chicago Bears in May 2014.

Mar 102015
 
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Shane Vereen, New England Patriots (October 16, 2014)

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Giants Sign Shane Vereen: The New York Giants have reportedly signed unrestricted free agent running back Shane Vereen (New England Patriots). The contract is reportedly a 3-year, $12.35 million deal with about $4.75 million in guaranteed money.

The 26-year old Vereen was originally selected in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Patriots. In four years in New England, Vereen played in 42 regular-season games with eight starts (six of those coming in 2014). In the 2014 regular-season, Vereen carried the ball 96 times for 391 yards and two touchdowns and caught 52 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes in Super Bowl XLIX. Vereen lacks ideal size and power, but he is an elusive back with good vision and speed. Vereen is one of the better pass-catching backs in the NFL as he runs good routes and has good hands. He is also solid in pass protection. Vereen has been somewhat injury prone, completing only one 16-game season.

Giants Sign Jonathan Casillas: The New York Giants have reportedly signed unrestricted free agent linebacker Jonathan Casillas (New England Patriots). The contract is reportedly a 3-year, $8 million deal.

The 27-year old Casillas was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the New Orleans Saints after the 2009 NFL Draft. He has played for the Saints (2009-11), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2013-14), and Patriots (2014). Last season, Casillas played in five games for the Buccaneers before being traded to the Patriots in late October. In eight games for the Patriots with three starts, Casillas accrued 28 tackles. Casillas lacks ideal size and has issues against the run, but he is speedy linebacker who is good in coverage. He is a good special teams player.

Other New York Giants Free Agent News: Although teams have been free to negotiate with free agents on other teams since Saturday, the official signing period started at 4:00PM on Tuesday, March 10. Here is the latest news on the free agent front for the Giants:

  • A BigBlueInteractive.com source reports that the Giants are involved in trade talks with the New Orleans Saints about defensive end Cameron Jordan.
  • A BigBlueInteractive.com source reports that the Giants are close to a contract extension for cornerback Prince Amukamara, who has one year left on his current contract.
  • Unrestricted free agent safety Antrel Rolle is visiting the Chicago Bears.
  • The NFL Network is reporting that the Giants are out of the running for unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Dan Williams (Arizona Cardinals).
  • The New York Daily News is reporting that the Giants “are definitely in play” for unrestricted free agent safety Ron Parker (Kansas City Chiefs).
  • NJ.com is reporting that the Giants expressed interest in unrestricted free agent safety Da’Norris Searcy (Buffalo Bills). However, Searcy is signing with the Tennessee Titans.
  • ESPN is reporting that the Giants were interested in unrestricted free agent cornerback Buster Skrine (Cleveland Browns), but Skrine was looking for more money than the Giants are willing to pay. Skrine has since signed with the New York Jets.
  • According to a beat writer for the Falcons, unrestricted free agent linebacker Brooks Reed, who the Giants were reportedly interested in, will sign with the Atlanta Falcons.
  • NJ.com is reporting that the Giants only offered unrestricted defensive end Brandon Graham (Philadelphia Eagles) a 1-year contract. Graham re-signed a 4-year, $26 million contract with the Eagles.