Ruegamer, Giants agree to deal

Veteran lineman will compete to be top backup

Offensive lineman Grey Ruegamer will take a chance to be one of the New York Giants' top backup offensive linemen. He agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract today that included a $40,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN.

Ruegamer, 29, was being heavily pursued by several coaches who wanted him for his experience. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Ruegamer is a seven-year veteran who can play guard or center. He also has had stops in Miami and New England before signing as an unrestricted free agent with Green Bay in 2003.

The versatile Ruegamer was one of Green Bay's top backups last season, playing mainly guard. He also filled in at tackle and center.

The Lions also had interest probably because Ruegamer's former line coach Larry Beightol in Green Bay is Detroit's new line coach. In the end, Giants coach Tom Coughlin talked him into joining the Giants.

The Packers likely had little interest in re-signing Ruegamer. Green Bay is revamping the interior of its offensive line with younger players. The Packers also plan to employ a new blocking scheme this year.

With Ruegamer off the market, defensive tackle Grady Jackson remains as Green Bay's only unrestricted free agent. The Packers' interest in Jackson likely is slim after they signed free agent Ryan Pickett to a $14 million deal in March.

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