The New York Giants have dipped their toe into the free agent marketplace and added a quality depth piece to the defensive line. The team inked free-agent defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins to a three year deal worth $8 million. He was able to sign now because he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles earlier in the off-season, after they didn’t want to pay him his roster bonus.
Jenkins provides the team some extra depth along the interior defensive line. Depending on what else they decide to do, he could start alongside Linval Joseph. Marvin Austin and Markus Kuhn will be there as well to provide depth at the position as well.
Jenkins eats into a little bit of their cap space they created with their recent moves, like restructuring Corey Webster’s contract. The team still would like to re-sign Kevin Boothe and Martellus Bennett before they hit the open market and there’s that whole Victor Cruz situation as well. This puts the team under more pressure to figure out what to do with David Diehl, plus give Eli Manning more of a cap friendly extension
The Giants weren’t going to find a cheaper, or better solution in free agency. Jenkins will be playing with a bit of a chip on his shoulder and has a little bit to prove after not succeeding in Philly. They had to have someone to succeed Chris Canty. This is just step one to the re-tooling of the Giants defense, and in my estimation, it’s so far so good.