After earlier locking up LB Michael Boley, the Giants came to terms with DT Rocky Bernard, who agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal.
"He's a veteran defensive tackle with skins on the wall," general manager Jerry Reese said. "He plays hard, he's stout against the run and he has to be accounted for as a pass rusher. We're happy to have Rocky on board in our defensive tackle rotation."
Bernard, who turns 30 in April, should help the Giants get the push up the middle they like to see from their defensive tackles. Bernard has 29 career sacks in seven NFL seasons (all with the Seahawks), including 11 in the past three seasons after recording a career-high 8.5 in 2005.
"I was looking for a fresh start," Bernard said. "Last year was really rough – it was so frustrating. I thought a change of scenery would be good.
"I'm really, really excited to be coming to the Giants. I wanted to go to a team that has had a lot of success and has a really good defense. That's what the Giants have. It feels good to be part of a great organization. They're a good football team."
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