The New York Giants have announced the signing of former Cowboy defensive end and NFL journeyman George Selvie. The two parties agreed to terms on March 20th, reaching a one year deal valued at $1.4 million.
Selvie will be joining a defensive line that other than Jason Pierre-Paul and rising defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins, is more-or-less devoid of talent; a situation that allowed him to be an impact rotational player and borderline starter during his time in Dallas. Selvie came into the NFL with a chip on his shoulder, initially being a seventh round pick taken by the St. Louis Rams in the 2010 NFL Draft. He has already exceeded public expectations going into his sixth NFL season. The former USF first team All-American will also be reunited on the defensive line with his former college teammate Jason Pierre-Paul.
“It was a good year,” Selvie said of playing with Pierre-Paul at USF. “We beat a lot of teams people thought we were never going to beat and both of us contributed to that. It was great having that type of season and playing with that type of player. JPP is a hell of a player. I’m excited to be playing alongside him, so it’s going to be great.”
The two lanky defensive ends wreaked havoc during their time together in Big East and the Giants hope to see the duo repeat their history.
“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.”
Two seasons ago Selvie finished as the Dallas Cowboys’ second best pass rusher, recording seven sacks while also starting the entire 16 game season. Although he saw his numbers dropped off last year due to Dallas’s addition of rookie DE Demarcus Lawrence, Selvie still recorded three sacks, while also starting 13 games. With the signing of George Selvie, the Giants have ideally added a strong rotational pass rusher with a proven track record of getting after the quarterback. This addition will in no way be of the same magnitude as Dallas’s signing of Greg Hardy, but for the price the G-Men are paying, they are picking up a quality role player who can potentially add a spark to a defense that needs a few jolts.
Aside from his time as a member of the Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams, Selvie has also been on three other NFL teams, including the Jacksonville Jaguars, Carolina Panthers, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played a minimal role for all of these teams and is considered to be a late bloomer, recording 10 of his 13 career sacks in the last two years of his career. He struggled earning reps for the Panthers and Jaguars while never playing a snap for the Buccaneers. When Selvie was given formidable game time in Dallas he was able to thrive, while also forcing two fumbles during his tenure there.
Although this isn’t the blockbuster addition that most fans are looking to see their team sign, Selvie provides the Giants with a much needed rotational pass rusher who can take advantage of the ample one-on-one matchups that he will face due to the attention that JPP receives. He will also be learning under defensive line mastermind Steve Spagnuolo. Selvie’s best season came when he played alongside DeMarcus Ware, a player of similar stature to Jason Pierre-Paul, where Selvie was also able to take advantage of the one-on-one matchups he received.
“I’ve been through it (changing teams) before, so it’s going to be pretty easy,” Selvie said. “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.”
“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.”
George Selvie comes with excellent value to the New York Giants with his low cost, and he is put into another situation where he can continue to exceed expectations. “There have been great defensive linemen that have played here, and I want to be one of those,” Selvie said. “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.”