On Wednesday, the New York Giants added much-needed depth to their defensive line by signing veteran defensive end Robert Ayers.
The deal is reportedly worth two years and $4 million with $1.75 million guaranteed. Ayers spent last season with the Denver Broncos and recorded a career-high 5.5 sacks. He got off to a red-hot start while Von Miller rode out his suspension. Ayers had 4.5 sacks in the first six games of the season but slowed considerably.
While the signing of Ayers gives New York another option at defensive end, it does not solve the pass rush problem. Ayers is a versatile player who could be a solid addition to the defense but he has never been a real disruptive player. Ayers was drafted 19th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. However, in five seasons with Broncos, Ayers has compiled just 12 total sacks.
Prior to the Ayers signing, the Giants were severely lacking at the defensive end position. The departure of Justin Tuck left New York with Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka and Damontre Moore. Pierre-Paul has been riddled with injuries the last two seasons, Kiwanuka looks like a shell of his former self and Moore did little to nothing as a rookie last year.
Signing Ayers is definitely a good move by the Giants, but don’t expect the problems in the pass rush to go away. As of right now, a lot of burden rests on the shoulders of Pierre-Paul. If he doesn’t rebound from two mediocre seasons, New York will find themselves in deep trouble.