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Reggie Ragland, Detroit Lions (September 27, 2020)

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NEW YORK GIANTS SIGN REGGIE RAGLAND
The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent inside linebacker Reggie Ragland (Detroit Lions) to 1-year contract. The Athletic is reporting that the deal is worth $1,127,500 with $137,500 in guaranteed money.

The 27-year old, 6’2”, 252-pound Ragland was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills. He missed his rookie season after tearing the ACL in his left knee and was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs before the 2017 season. Ragland has spent time with the Bills (2016), Chiefs (2017-2019), and Detroit Lions (2020). He has played in 58 regular-season games with 38 starts, accruing 203 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two pass defenses, one interception, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Ragland played in all 16 regular-season games for the Lions in 2020 with six starts and was credited with 49 tackles and one sack.

For a complete overview of the team’s free agent activity, see the 2021 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

Mar 182021
 
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Mike Glennon, Jacksonville Jaguars (December 27, 2020)

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GIANTS SIGN MIKE GLENNON
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent quarterback Mike Glennon (Jacksonville Jaguars). Terms of the deal are not yet known.

The 31-year old, 6’7”, 225-pound Glennon was originally drafted in the 3rd round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The well-traveled Glennon has spent time with the Buccaneers (2013-2016), Chicago Bears (2017), Arizona Cardinals (2018), Oakland Raiders (2019), and Jacksonville Jaguars (2020). He has played in 34 regular-season games with 27 starts, completing 61 percent of his passes for 6,235 yards, 43 touchdowns, and 25 interceptions. Glennon is only 6-21 as starter however. With the Jaguars in 2020, he started five games, completing 111-of-179 passes (62 percent) for 1,072 yards, seven touchdowns, and five interceptions.

For a complete overview of the team’s free agent activity, see the 2021 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

GIANTS SIGN KYLE RUDOLPH
Multiple media outlets are reporting that the New York Giants have signed free agent tight end Kyle Rudolph, who was cut earlier this month by the Minnesota Vikings. The New York Post and SNY are say the contract is a 2-year deal worth up to $14 million.

The 31-year old, 6’6”, 265-pound Rudolph was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Vikings. In 10 seasons with the Vikings, Rudolph has played in 140 regular-season games with 132 starts, catching 453 passes for 4,488 yards and 48 touchdowns. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2012 and 2017. Last year in 2020, Rudolph missed the last four games of the season with a foot injury but started 12 games, catching just 28 passes for 334 yards and one touchdown.

For a complete overview of the team’s free agent activity, see the 2021 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

LEONARD WILLIAMS ADDRESSES THE MEDIA
Defensive lineman Leonard Williams, who just signed a new 3-year, $63 million contract with the Giants, addressed the media on Thursday. The transcript of his press conference is available in The Corner Forum.

Mar 172021
 
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Ifeadi Odenigbo, Minnesota Vikings (December 6, 2020)

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GIANTS SIGN IFEADI ODENIGBO
ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent outside linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo (Minnesota Vikings) to a 1-year, $2.5 million deal. The Vikings chose not to tender Odenigbo as a restricted free agent.

The 26-year old, 6’3”, 258-pound Odenigbo was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Vikings. After spending his rookie season on the Practice Squad, Odenigbo played in 32 regular-season games at defensive end with 15 starts from 2018 to 2020, accruing 57 tackles and 10.5 sacks. All of his 15 starts occurred in 2020 when he was credited with 34 tackles and 3.5 sacks. He will likely transition to outside linebacker (edge rusher) with the Giants.

KENNY GOLLADAY WILL VISIT GIANTS
Multiple media outlets are reporting that unrestricted free agent wide receiver Kenny Golladay (Detroit Lions) will visit the New York Giants, possibly as early as Thursday. Golladay is widely regarded as one of the best free agents available.

The 27-year old, 6’4”, 214-pound Golladay was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Lions. After a nondescript rookie season, Golladay excelled his next two seasons, catching 70 passes for 1,063 yards and five touchdowns in 2018 and 65 catches for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2019. Golladay missed 11 games in 2020 with hamstring and hip injuries. He finished with just 20 catches for 338 yards and two touchdowns in five games. Golladay combines excellent size and speed and has a knack for beating defensive backs for contested 50/50 balls.

Mar 172021
 
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Devante Downs, New York Giants (October 22, 2020)

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GIANTS RE-SIGN CASEY KREITER…
The New York Giants have officially re-signed unrestricted long snapper Casey Kreiter. Terms of the deal are not yet known.

The Giants signed Kreiter as an unrestricted free agent from the Denver Broncos in April 2020. The 6’1”, 250-pound Kreiter was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Dallas Cowboys after the 2014 NFL Draft. After spending two camps with the Cowboys, Kreiter made the Denver Broncos in 2016. He made the Pro Bowl for his performance in 2018.

For a complete overview of the team’s free agent activity, see the 2021 Free Agency Scorecard section of the website.

GIANTS DO NOT TENDER DEVANTE DOWNS…
According to multiple press reports, the New York Giants have chosen to not tender linebacker Devante Downs as a restricted free agent, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. Downs can now freely sign with any team without the Giants having the right to match any contract offer or possibly receiving compensation if he signs with another team.

Downs began the season as a starter in 2020, but saw his playing time give way to rookie Tae Crowder. Downs played in all 16 games with eight starts (21 percent of all defensive snaps). He finished the season with 33 tackles, one pass defense, and one fumble recovery.

The 6’2”, 252-pound Downs was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings waived him in late September 2019 and he was then signed by the Giants to their Practice Squad and 53-man roster in October 2019. Downs played in seven games for the Giants in 2019 on special teams.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS ON NATE SOLDER’S PAY CUT…
The Athletic is reporting on more specifics of the pay cut recently accepted by offensive tackle Nate Solder in order to remain with the New York Giants. Solder’s base salary was reduced from $9.9 million to about $4 million, creating approximately $6 million in salary cap space. His overall 2021 cap hit was reduced from $16.5 million to about $10.5 million. Had the Giants cut Solder or had he retired before June 1st, the same amount of cap space would have been created.

The 6’8”, 325-pound Solder was drafted in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. In March 2018, the Giants made Solder the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL when they signed him away from the Patriots as unrestricted free agent. However, despite 32 straight starts at left tackle for New York, Solder’s play has been inconsistent at best with the Giants.

Mar 162021
 
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Leonard Williams, New York Giants (January 3, 2021)

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GIANTS RE-SIGN LEONARD WILLIAMS…
The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants have re-signed free agent defensive lineman Leonard Williams to a 3-year, $63 million contract that includes $45 million in guaranteed money. The Giants placed the non-exclusive Franchise tag on Williams last week, which tied up over $19 million in this year’s cap. The new deal reportedly will drop his cap hit to around $11 million in 2021.

The 6’5”, 302-pound Williams was the sixth player taken overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. The Giants acquired Williams by trade from the in late October 2019. In his sixth NFL season, Williams had his best year as a pro in 2020. Williams played in all 16 games with 12 starts (74 percent of defensive snaps) and finished the year with 57 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, 30 quarterback hits, one pass defense, and one fumble recovery.

GIANTS SIGN JOHN ROSS…
The NFL Network is reporting that the New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver John Ross (Cincinnati Bengals) to a 1-year, $2.5 million contract that includes $1 million in guaranteed money.

The 25-year old, 5’11”, 194-pound Ross was drafted in the 1st round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. In four seasons with the Bengals, the speedy Ross played in just 27 games with 20 starts, accruing 51 catches for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns. In addition to not performing up to expectations in Cincinnati, Ross spent time on Injured Reserve with shoulder and foot injuries in 2019 and 2020.

GIANTS SIGN CULLEN GILLASPIA…
The New York Giants have signed fullback Cullen Gillaspia, who was waived/failed physical by the Houston Texans last week. The 25-year old, 6’2”, 235-pound Gillaspia was drafted by the Texans in the 7th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. In two seasons with the Texans, Gillaspia played in 23 regular-season games with no starts. He has not carried the ball in a regular-season game and only has one catch for six yards. To date, he has played mainly on special teams. Gillaspia missed half of 2020 with a back injury.

Mar 162021
 
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Dalvin Tomlinson, New York Giants (December 9, 2019)

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DALVIN TOMLINSON SIGNS WITH MINNESOTA VIKINGS…
New York Giants unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Dalvin Tomlinson has signed with the Minnesota Vikings. The deal is reportedly a 2-year, $22 million contract that includes $20 million in guaranteed money.

For the past two seasons, Tomlinson served as the Giants’ primary nose tackle. In 2020, he started all 16 games, playing 60 percent of all defensive snaps, and was credited with 49 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and four pass defenses.

The Giants drafted Tomlinson in the 2nd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Tomlinson has started all 64 games since he was drafted and has played both 3- and 1-technique roles with the Giants.

Mar 152021
 
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Austin Johnson, New York Giants (October 4, 2020)

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REPORT – GIANTS RE-SIGN AUSTIN JOHNSON…
The Athletic is reporting that the New York Giants have re-signed unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Austin Johnson to a 1-year, $3 million contract that is fully guaranteed and includes an additional $500,000 in incentives.

The Giants signed Johnson as an unrestricted free agent from the Tennessee Titans in March 2020. He played in all 16 games, with no starts (21 percent of all defensive snaps), and was credited with 18 tackles, two tackles for a loss, one sack, one quarterback hit, one pass defense, and one forced fumble.

The 6’4”, 314-pound Johnson was originally drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Titans. In four seasons in Tennessee, Johnson played in 58 regular-season games with 13 starts, compiling 83 tackles, 2.5 sacks, and five pass defenses.

REPORT – GIANTS SIGN DEVONTAE BOOKER…
ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants have signed unrestricted free agent running back Devontae Booker (Las Vegas Raiders) to a 2-year contract that could be worth as much as $6 million. The 28-year old, 5’11”, 219-pound Booker was originally drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. He signed with the Raiders in May 2020. In five seasons, Booker has played in 77 regular-season games with seven starts, rushing the ball 382 times for 1,526 yards (4 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns. He also caught 122 passes for 956 yards and one touchdown.

KEVIN ZEITLER SIGNS WITH THE BALTIMORE RAVENS…
Offensive guard Kevin Zeitler, who the Giants cut last week in a salary cap move, has signed a 3-year, $22 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens, including $16 million in guaranteed money. Until his contract was terminated, Zeitler was scheduled to earn $12 million in base salary and count $14.5 million against the 2021 salary cap with the Giants. The move saved the Giants $12 million in cap space, although it cost $2.5 million in dead money.

Mar 142021
 
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Nate Solder, New York Giants (December 9, 2019)

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REPORT – NATE SOLDER AGREES TO ACCEPT PAY CUT TO RETURN TO GIANTS…
The NFL Network is reporting that left tackle Nate Solder has “agreed in principle” to a re-structured contract in order to remain with the New York Giants. The NFL Network says that the details of the new deal are still being worked out, but Solder will return to the team in 2021 “barring any last-minute hiccups.”

Solder, who soon turns 33, was scheduled to count $16.5 million against the 2021 salary cap. Solder has two years left on the 4-year, $62.1 million contract he signed in 2018, with scheduled base salary payments of $9.9 million in both 2021 and 2022. His 2020 salary was voided and postponed until 2021 due to his COVID-19 opt out. In addition, Solder’s previous starting spot was taken over by 2020 1st-round draft pick Andrew Thomas. Had the Giants cut Solder or he had retired before June 1st, the team would have been charged with $10.5 million in dead money and cleared $6 million against the 2021 NFL salary cap.

The 6’8”, 325-pound Solder was drafted in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. In March 2018, the Giants made Solder the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL when they signed him away from the Patriots as unrestricted free agent. However, despite 32 straight starts at left tackle for New York, Solder’s play has been inconsistent at best with the Giants.

Mar 122021
 
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Nate Solder, New York Giants (September 22, 2019)

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NEW YORK GIANTS RE-SIGN C.J. BOARD…
ESPN is reporting that the New York Giants have re-signed restricted free agent wide receiver C.J. Board. The Giants claimed Board off of waivers from the Jacksonville Jaguars in August 2020. He surprisingly played in 14 games, including four starts, but only finished with 11 catches for 101 yards and no touchdowns.

The 6’1”, 181-pound Board was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Baltimore Ravens after the 2017 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Ravens (2017), Tennessee Titans (2017), Cleveland Browns (2017-2018), and Jaguars (2018-2019). Before coming to the Giants, his only regular-season experience came in 2019 when his played in four games for the Jaguars and finished the year with just two catches for 31 yards.

REPORT – NATE SOLDER MAY RETURN AT REDUCED PRICE…
The Athletic is reporting that left tackle Nate Solder might remain with the New York Giants as both sides are discussing a re-structured contract. Solder, who soon turns 33, is currently scheduled to count $16.5 million against the 2021 salary cap. Solder has two years left on his current contract with scheduled base salary payments of $9.9 million in both 2021 and 2022.

Solder opted out of the 2020 NFL season due to the COVID-19 issue and his starting spot was taken over by 2020 1st-round draft pick Andrew Thomas.

The 6’8”, 325-pound Solder was drafted in the 1st round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. In March 2018, the Giants made Solder the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL when they signed him away from the Patriots as unrestricted free agent. However, despite 32 straight starts at left tackle for New York, Solder’s play has been inconsistent at best with the Giants.

 

Mar 102021
 
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Kevin Zeitler, New York Giants (September 3, 2020)

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NEW YORK GIANTS CUT KEVIN ZEITLER…
The New York Giants have announced that they have terminated the contract of right guard Kevin Zeitler, who was scheduled to earn $12 million in base salary and count $14.5 million against the 2021 salary cap. The move saves the team $12 million in cap space, although it will cost $2.5 million in dead money.

Zeitler was originally drafted in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He signed a 5-year, $60 million contract with the Browns in March 2017, which at the time made him the highest-paid guard in the NFL. The Giants acquired Zeitler by trade from the Cleveland Browns in March 2019 in exchange for linebacker Olivier Vernon. Zeitler started all 16 games at right guard for the Giants in 2020 and 15 in 2019.