The Giants have officially kicked off free agency with a bang.
Not too long ago, the Giants brought in Cullen Jenkins for a meeting with the team.
Jenkins left without a deal and met with other teams in search of a new home.
On Sunday, Jenkins found a new home with Big Blue, as Jenkins landed a three-year deal, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN,
Former Eagles DL Cullen Jenkins reached agreement on a three-year deal with the New York Giants.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2013
Jenkins was signed to a five-year deal with the Eagles in 2011, but was released at the end of
February after two seasons with the team.
According to Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN New York, Jenkins deal is worth $8 million, with $3 million guaranteed.
RT @kimjonessports: NYG have signed DT Cullen Jenkins to three-year deal for $8 million, $3 million guaranteed— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) March 10, 2013
By adding Jenkins, the Giants have added a solid veteran to the middle of their pass rush for 2013.
With the release of Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard potentially not coming back as a free agent, the team needed to upgrade the position.
The Giants can use Jenkins along with Linval Joseph, Shaun Rogers, Marvin Austin and Markus Kuhn at the position.
Plus, the 32-year-old will take a lot of pressure off Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul and Mathias Kiwanuka on the line by adding pressure from the middle and allow them to utilize their skills on the outside.
As a defensive tackle, Jenkins not only can stuff the run, but he can get to the quarterback as well, getting 9.5 sacks with the Eagles in two seasons.
Because Jenkins was released by the Eagles, he was allowed to sign with the team of his choice before the free agency period's start on Tuesday.
This is a great first move for the Giants on the eve of free agency.
(UPDATE, 7:47 p.m. BY Doug Rush)
According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, Jenkins deal with the Giants will become official on Monday.
Jenkins' deal included a $2 million signing bonus and the guaranteed money was slightly more than $3 million. He is expected to sign Monday.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) March 10, 2013
And as Vacchiano said in his Tweet, Jenkins will get a $2 million signing bonus as well from the Giants.