Mar 202015
 
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George Selvie, Dallas Cowboys (December 15, 2013)

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The New York Giants have officially signed unrestricted free agent defensive end George Selvie (Dallas Cowboys). The contract is said to be a 1-year, $1.4 million deal that includes a $200,000 signing bonus.

The 28-year old Selvie was a collegiate teammate of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul at the University of South Florida. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Since that time, he has played with the Rams (2010), Carolina Panthers (2011), Jacksonville Jaguars (2011-12), and Cowboys (2013-14). Selvie also worked out for the Giants at a mini-camp in 2013 but was not signed and then signed with the Cowboys. He started 29 regular-season games for Dallas in the last two years, accruing 75 tackles and 10 sacks.

“I’m excited to be here,” Selvie said. “It’s a great opportunity for me. And I’m excited to be playing with JPP again, along with Spags (defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, his first NFL head coach). I’m excited for the opportunity to be here.

“Spags is a hell of a guy. He’s a fiery guy. He wants everything to be perfect. He likes to blitz and get after the quarterback. I know he loves his defensive linemen, so I’m excited to be here with him.

“I’ve been through it (changing teams) before, so it’s going to be pretty easy. Spags drafted me in St. Louis, so I’ve played in his defense before. It’s a 4-3 defense, and I’m excited about playing in it.

“There have been great defensive linemen that have played here, and I want to be one of those. I felt like this was a great situation. With Jason being over there, he gets a lot of attention. I hope I can get free with that. It’s a great opportunity and a great fit.”

“I think that’s a great pickup,” Pierre-Paul said. “He’s a good player. George can play the run and rush the passer. From the film I’ve watched, he’s gotten better as a player…He’s a dedicated worker, and I know he’s going to work to try to get better and better.”

Selvie has good size (6’4”, 270 pounds). He is a solid run defender who flashes at times in the pass rush, particularly in 2013 when he registered seven sacks.

Selvie will likely compete for the starting left defensive end position opposite Pierre-Paul. Others who factor in the competition include Robert Ayers, Kerry Wynn, and Damontre Moore. The Giants released Mathias Kiwanuka earlier in the offseason.

“George is going to fill in that gap that we have on that other side,” Pierre-Paul said. “He is going to fight for that starting spot. That’s a good thing. That will make everybody work harder.”

Because of this move, we have updated the Transactions, Roster, Depth Chart, and 2015 Free Agency Scorecard sections of the website.

Mar 192015
 
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John Mara, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

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John Mara Talks About Giants Offseason: New York Giants President/CEO John Mara spoke to the press on Thursday at a ribbon cutting ceremony in Manhattan. Mara was mainly asked about the team’s free agent activity.

“There were obviously some star players out there but for the most part I thought it was a mediocre free-agent class and I think a lot of guys got paid more money than maybe they would have in other years because there was a lot of cap room out there,” said Mara. “I think the guys who we got will help us, but we still have a long way to go.”

Thus far, the Giants have signed running back Shane Vereen and linebacker Jonathan Casillas from the Patriots, wide receiver/returner Dwayne Harris from the Cowboys, linebacker T.J. Thomas from the Jaguars, defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis from the Jets, and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse from the Bengals. The team has also re-signed running back Chris Ogbonnaya, fullback Henry Hynoski, tight end Daniel Fells, guard John Jerry, linebacker Mark Herzlich, and cornerback Chykie Brown.

“We added some depth, which I thought we needed,” said Mara. “There weren’t any big, splashy signings but I thought we helped ourselves. We’ve still got some holes to fill, but so far, so good with what we’ve done.

“You can’t (spend a lot in free agency) every year and, quite frankly, when you do stuff like that more often than not it doesn’t work out. This game still comes down to drafting well, re-signing your own guys and then filling in in free agency. Every once in a while you might have a year where you have to spend big but, in my opinion and in our opinion, this was not the year to do that.”

Mara said the Giants did aggressively pursue the top safety on the market, Devin McCourty, who re-signed with the Patriots. He also said they had some interest in defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh but he was too expensive.

“I’m not completely comfortable yet because we were 6-10, and you can’t be completely comfortable when you’re coming off 6-10,” Mara said. “I think I said after the season, if we can just get half of the guys back healthy and have a good draft, I think we’ll have a very competitive team. We need to draft like we’ve done the last two years, and get some guys that are really gonna help us, and then we need to keep some guys healthy too. We haven’t been able to do that for a couple of years.”

Mara said that a contract extension for quarterback Eli Manning, who has one year left on his current deal, is not in the works but “obviously something will be done at some point.” He noted Manning’s high cap number, which is almost $20 million.

Mara was also asked about the health status of wide receiver Victor Cruz, who tore the patella tendon in his right knee in October 2014.

“So far, so good, according to Victor and according to our medical people,” said Mara. “He’s working really hard and he has a lot of pride and we expect him back at 100 percent.”

Mara was asked if the team might consider drafting a wide receiver in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft. “I certainly don’t think that’s our primary need,” Mara responded. But is also said he would not be against it if the value was there.

Mara was asked about safety Antrel Rolle, who signed with Chicago Bears. Mara said that Rolle was one of “personal favorites.” He also said, “I told him he will always be a Giant.” Mara said he also hopes that current unrestricted free agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who played with the Giants from 2003-12, will retire as a Giant some day.

Notes and Quotes: According to NJ.com, unrestricted free agent defensive end George Selvie will meet with the Giants on Friday instead of Thursday as previously reported due to a flight delay. Selvie is also receiving interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tight end Daniel Fells on returning to the Giants: “I’m excited. There’s no place I’d rather be. It’s a world-class organization with a great coaching staff. And I believe in the guys in that locker room. Coming back here was always in the forefront of my mind.”

Mar 192015
 
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James Brewer, New York Giants (September 29, 2013)

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Defensive End George Selvie Visits New York Giants: According to The Bergen Record, unrestricted free agent defensive end George Selvie (Dallas Cowboys) is visiting the New York Giants today.

The 28-year old Selvie was a collegiate teammate of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul at the University of South Florida. He was drafted in the 7th round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. Since that time, he has played with the Rams (2010), Carolina Panthers (2011), Jacksonville Jaguars (2011-12), and Cowboys (2013-14). Selvie also worked out for the Giants at a mini-camp in 2013 but was not signed and then signed with the Cowboys. He started 29 regular-season games for Dallas in the last two years, accruing 75 tackles and 10 sacks.

Selvie has good size (6’4”, 270 pounds). He is a solid run defender who flashes at times in the pass rush, particularly in 2013 when he registered seven sacks.

New York Jets Sign Offensive Lineman James Brewer: The New York Jets have signed unrestricted free agent offensive lineman James Brewer (New York Giants) to a 1-year contract.

Brewer did not develop as a player after being drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Giants. A year after playing in all 16 games with eight starts in 2013, Brewer only played in two games in November before being placed on injured reserve in December with a concussion.

Brewer is the third Giant to depart the team in free agency this offseason.  Safety Antrel Rolle signed with the Chicago Bears and cornerback Walter Thurmond signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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

Roster Page Updated With New Football Jersey Numbers: Most of the new Giants and many veteran Giants have been issued their football jersey numbers. Check out the site’s Roster page for details.

Mar 182015
 
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Daniel Fells and Adrien Robinson, New York Giants (September 25, 2014)

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New York Giants Re-Sign Tight End Daniel Fells: According to NJ.com, the New York Giants have re-signed unrestricted free agent tight end Daniel Fells. The contract is reportedly a 1-year, $870,000 deal with $80,000 in guaranteed money.

Fells was the #2 tight end for the Giants in 2014. He played in all 16 games with nine starts and finished the season with 16 catches for 188 yards and four touchdowns. Fells was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Atlanta Falcons after the 2006 NFL Draft. He has spent time with the Falcons, Raiders, Buccaneers, Rams, Broncos, and Patriots. The Giants signed Fells to a reserve/future contract in January 2014.

Fells has good size and average athletic ability. He is a decent blocker. He does not really threaten defenses as a receiver, but he is reliable.

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

Giants.com Q&A with DE Kenrick Ellis: A video of a Giants.com interview with DT Kenrick Ellis is available at Giants.com.

Notes and Quotes: The following players have had their jersey numbers changed:

  • QB Ryan Nassib #12
  • RB Orleans Darkway #26
  • LB Mark Herzlich #94
  • CB Bennett Jackson #24

Defensive tackle Kendrick Ellis on his game: “I am a run-stopper and I like doing it. That is the strength of my game. I look forward to helping the Giants get back to their glory… By default, that’s who I am. I’m a journeyman. I come in and do my job. You don’t get much recognition for it, but you get the job done and it helps out the team. I’ll take on the double-teams and take on the work no one else wants to do. It’s just who I am. I take pride in what I do, which is being a big man in the middle and try to make sure no one runs the ball.”

Article on the New York Giants Ownership: New York Giants ownership at a glance by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Mar 182015
 
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Kenrick Ellis, New York Jets (October 13, 2013)

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Giants Sign Defensive Tackle Kenrick Ellis: The New York Giants have announced that the team has signed unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis. The contract is reportedly a 1-year, $1.65 million deal with $500,000 in guaranteed money.

The 27-year old Ellis is a huge (6’4”, 346 pound) run-stuffing defensive tackle who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jets. Ellis did not start a game for the Jets in 2014, but he was a valuable reserve on a talented defensive line. In four seasons with the Jets, Ellis has played in 47 games with five starts. He has accrued 53 tackles and only one sack during that time.

Ellis will most likely compete with Cullen Jenkins, Jay Bromley, and Markus Kuhn for a starting position alongside defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. It remains unknown whether or not the Giants have any interest in re-signing unrestricted free agent Mike Patterson.

Offensive Lineman James Brewer Visits Jets: The New York Jets have announced that unrestricted free agent offensive lineman James Brewer (New York Giants) is visiting the team today.

Brewer simply has not developed as a player since being drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Giants. A year after playing in all 16 games with eight starts, Brewer only played in two games in November before being placed on injured reserve in December with a concussion.

Mar 182015
 
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Geoff Schwartz, New York Giants (August 3, 2014)

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Geoff Schwartz’s Contract Re-Structured by Giants: According to NFL Player Association records, the contract of offensive guard Geoff Schwartz has been re-structured. Schwartz’s 2015 base salary of $3,675,000 was reduced to $1,675,000. NJ.com is reporting that Schwartz can earn $1,500,000 back in per game roster bonuses and that he had $500,000 of his 2016 salary guaranteed.

According to NJ.com, the net result is Schwartz’s 2015 cap number will be reduced from $4,975,000 to $2,845,000, “saving” the team $2,130,000 against the 2015 cap. But this re-structure should not be considered a “pay cut.” Assuming Schwartz does not get hurt, he should be able to recover all of that money and the Giants cap hit will be larger in 2016.

The Giants signed Schwartz as an unrestricted free agent from the Kansas City Chiefs to 4-Years, $16.8 million contract in March 2014. In his first season with the Giants, Schwartz suffered through an injury-plagued season that saw him play in only two games at right tackle because of serious toe and ankle injuries that both required surgery. He missed both the first 10 and last four games of the season, ending up on Injured Reserve in December. Schwartz was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers. He has spent time with the Panthers (2008-10), Vikings (2012), and Chiefs (2013).

The New York Daily News and NJ.com are reporting that the Giants now $9,157,931 under the 2015 NFL salary cap.

Article on S Nat Berhe: Meet the one Giant who is glad the team is short at safety by Paul Schwartz of The New York Post

Article on New York Giants Ticket Prices: Giants change ticket pricing for season ticket holders by Nick Powell for NJ.com

Mar 172015
 
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Kenrick Ellis, New York Jets (November 24, 2014)

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Defensive Tackle Kenrick Ellis Visiting New York Giants: According to The New York Post, unrestricted free agent defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis (New York Jets) is visiting the New York Giants today.

The 27-year old Ellis is a huge (6’4”, 346 pound) run-stuffing defensive tackle who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jets. Ellis did not start a game for the Jets in 2014, but he was a valuable reserve on a talented defensive line.

Other New York Giants Free Agent News:

  • Unrestricted free agent safety Ron Parker (Kansas City Chiefs), who the Giants were rumored to be interested in, has re-signed a 5-year, $30 million contract with the Chiefs.
  • The deal that offensive guard John Jerry re-signed with the Giants is reportedly a 2-year, $3.3 million deal that includes $1 million in guaranteed money.
  • The deal that cornerback Chykie Brown re-signed with the Giants is reportedly a 2-year, $2 million deal.

Giants.com Interview with RB Andre Williams: The video of a Giants.com interview with RB Andre Williams is available at Giants.com.

Articles on the New York Giants and Free Agency:

Article on QB Eli Manning: How Ben Roethlisberger’s new deal affects Giants, Eli Manning by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com

Mar 132015
 
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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.

Articles on Former Giants Safety Antrel Rolle:

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.

Article on the New York Giants and Free Agency:

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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.