Giants signed offensive lineman Patrick Omameh, who played the last two seasons for Jacksonville, and defensive back Curtis Riley, who was previously with the Tennessee Titans.
Omameh, 6-4 and 327 pounds, has played in 53 regular-season games with 44 starts for Tampa Bay, Chicago, and the Jaguars. He has started 24 games at right guard, 20 at left guard, and one as an extra tackle. Omameh also has three postseason starts at left guard.
Riley, 6-0 and 190 pounds, played in 11 games the previous two seasons for Tennessee. In seven games last season, he had 11 tackles (seven solo), one interception, and one special teams tackle. Riley intercepted a Blake Bortles pass at Jacksonville on Sept. 17, and had a career-high four solo tackles at Houston on Oct. 1.
The Giants acquired linebacker Alec Ogletree from the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for a pair of choices in the 2018 NFL draft.
The draft selections are the Giants’ compensatory choice in the fourth round (No. 135 overall) and their sixth-round pick (No. 176). The trade leaves the Giants with five selections in the 2018 draft – one in each of the first five rounds. They do not have a seventh-round choice as the result of a trade with Pittsburgh last year for cornerback Ross Cockrell.
-The Giants have signed cornerback Teddy Williams, the second former Carolina Panther they have added in as many days, and the second defensive player they picked up today.
The Giants added both skill and experience to their backfield when they signed Jonathan Stewart, who spent his first 10 NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
Stewart is the Panthers’ career rushing leader with 7,318 yards and 1,699 carries. His 51 rushing touchdowns rank second in team history to quarterback Cam Newton’s 54, and his 58 total scores are second to wide receiver Steve Smith’s 75.
Stewart rushed for a career-high 1,133 yards in 2009, when he teamed with DeAngelo Williams (1,117) to become the first set of teammates in NFL history to each rush for more than 1,100 yards.
In addition to his rushing totals, Stewart has caught 162 passes for 1,295 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2011, he set Panthers records for catches (47) and receiving yards (413) in a season by a running back.
The Giants announced they have re-signed linebacker Mark Herzlich and guard Jon Halapio.
Herzlich is entering his eighth NFL season, all with the Giants. He spent the entire 2017 season on injured reserve after suffering a stinger in training camp.
He has played in 88 regular-season games with 17 starts. His career totals include 121 tackles (84 solo), 1.0 sack, three passes defensed, one forced fumble, and 49 tackles and two fumble recoveries on special teams.
Halapio, who first entered the NFL as the New England Patriots’ sixth-round draft choice in 2014, played in his first career regular-season games with the Giants in 2017.
He spent the first four weeks of the season on the practice squad. Signed to the active roster on Oct. 4, Halapio was in uniform but did not play in two games before finally making his debut on special teams against Seattle on Oct. 22.
The New York Giants made their second roster move of the weekend and terminated the contract of veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on Sunday.
Yesterday, the team terminated the contract of Brad Wing, who played every game for the Giants the previous three seasons.
After an outstanding 2016 season, Wing struggled at times last year. His 36.7-yard net average ranked last in the NFL among punters eligible to be included in the final league statistics, while his gross average of 44.1 yards tied for 24th. Short Wing punts in Philadelphia and Tampa Bay were among the plays that led to late Giants’ losses. He also had two punts blocked for the first time in his career.
Rodgers-Cromartie, originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in 2008, signed with the Giants as a free agent in 2014. He appeared in 61 games in four seasons with the Giants, recording 11 interceptions and 47 passes defensed.
However, Rodgers-Cromartie, is coming off a 2017 campaign that included just one pass defensed and no interceptions for the second time in his 10-year career. Rodgers-Cromartie was also suspended for one game for violation of team rules.
Free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. ET on March 14. During a two-day period before then, clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations, with agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2017 player contracts at 4 p.m. on March 14.
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