giants sign cullen jenkins.
Cross one item off the Giants’ to-do list: Re-stock their defensive tackle position.
The Giants scooped up defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins tonight, agreeing to terms with the Eagles castoff on a three-year deal worth $8 million, with $3 million guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the deal confirmed. That person requested anonymity because the Giants have not announced the specifics of his deal, first reported by NFL Network.
The Giants had a need at the position after parting ways with Chris Canty last month. Jenkins, who was cut by the Eagles two weeks ago, has been a starter for most of his career -- including his two seasons in Philadelphia.
Jenkins -- the younger brother of former Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins -- won a Super Bowl during his seven seasons in Green Bay, where he started his career.
Jenkins, 32, indicated he was nearing a deal early this evening, writing on his Twitter account, “Next chapter beginning??? I think so.” About an hour later, the deal was done.
Jenkins visited the Giants a week and a half ago, and then made a West Coast trip with stops at the 49ers, Seahawks and Raiders. Jenkins is a versatile lineman with experience in both 3-4 and 4-3 systems and should fit in well with the Giants’ unit.
Jenkins will join Linval Joseph, Shaun Rogers, Marvin Austin and Markus Kuhn (rehabbing a torn ACL).
Jenkins was free to sign with any team after being cut, so his deal was one of the few completed this weekend. The NFL is currently in a “negotiating window” before free agency officially opens Tuesday.
The Giants had just more than $10 million in salary-cap space before the signing. They still need to address their tight end and left guard positions -- Martellus Bennett and Kevin Boothe are both free agents -- as well as linebacker, back-up quarterback and kicker.