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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.”