[sny-box]RB Shane Vereen (NE) signed a 3 year / $12,350,000 contract which includes a $3,500,000 signing bonus, $4,750,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $4,116,667.
LB Jonathan Casillas (NE) signed a 3 year / $10,500,000 contract at an annual average salary of $3,500,000.
KR/PR Dwayne Harris (DAL) signed a 5 year / $17,500,000 contract that includes $7,100,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $3,500,000.
OL Marshall Newhouse (CIN) signed a 2 year / $3,000,000 contract which includes a $800,000 signing bonus, $1,000,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $1,500,000.
LB J.T. Thomas signed a 3 year / $10,000,000 contract, including $4,500,000 guaranteed, and an annual average salary of $3,333,333.[/sny-box]
The day appears to be all about supplementing the roster as none of these players figure to be starters come September. That doesn't mean the Giants are a better team this morning.
Vereen is a versatile, dynamic back that will add another dimension as well as depth to the Giants' backfield. He was an integral piece in the Patriots' offense the past dew seasons, and offense that was one of the the league's best. Vereen will be utilized in the short passing game and and as a change-up back to Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams. Of all the backs available in free agency, Vereen was certainly one of the best fits for the Giants.
Casillas is not a starter and will not be. The Giants figure to use him behind Jameel McClain and Devon Kennard. Casillas' real value is on special teams. Not a signing to jump up and down about, but the team is bringing him in to take the Spencer Paysinger/ Mark Herzlich role.
Harris could be a huge pickup for the Giants, who have struggled in the return game the past few seasons. His presence takes the pressure off OBJ, Rueben Randle and Preston Parker, who were assuming the returner roles.
Newhouse is an upgrade over John Jerry and the other backup linemen the Giants have been toying with. Although many do not see him as a starter, he will provide depth as a swing tackle and plug-in guard.
Thomas, after a slow start, began to show signs of life last year with Jacksonville. The Giants see him as an ascending player who could replace Jacquian Williams, who missed the last two months of the 2014 season with a concussion.
I would give Reese a B on the day simply because he addressed needs and padded his roster with NFL-caliber players that will raise the club's overall talent level.
What's next? The Giants would like to get their hands on a safety, a defensive lineman, some DBs and a TE. Easily said. Some of those may have to wait until the draft.
Other moves....the Giants re-signed RB Chris Ogbonnaya and released OL Rogers Gaines.