Giants sign veteran lineman

From the Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants continued to bolster their offensive line depth today with the signing of Tutan Reyes, a 10-year veteran who has played both guard and center.

Reyes, 6-3 and 305 pounds, has played in 53 regular season games with 37 starts and started three postseason games in a career that has included stops in New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Buffalo and Jacksonville. In 2008, Reyes played in 15 games for the Jaguars, including eight on offense. He made three starts at right guard – Oct. 12 at Denver, Oct. 26 vs. Cleveland and Nov. 2 at Cincinnati.

Reyes entered the NFL as a fifth-round draft choice out of Mississippi by the New Orleans Saints in 2000, the 131st overall selection. He was inactive for all 16 games as a rookie. Reyes made his NFL debut on special teams on Dec. 2, 2001 vs. Carolina, his only appearance that season.

The Saints waived Reyes on Sept. 10, 2002 and signed him to their practice squad two days later. On Oct. 1 of that year, he was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, waived on Nov. 23 and claimed by the Panthers. Reyes was inactive for the final five games of the season. In 2003, he was inactive for all 16 regular season games and four postseason contests, including Super Bowl XXXVIII.

The following season, Reyes played in 14 games with 12 starts, eight at right guard and four at left guard. He missed two games with an injured left ankle.

In 2005, Reyes started all 16 regular season games and three postseason games at left guard for a Panthers team that advanced to the NFC Championship Game. He was signed as a free agent by the Buffalo Bills on April 26, 2006 and started the first six games at left guard before he was inactive for the final 10 games.

Reyes signed with the Jaguars on Aug. 20, 2007. He was released on Sept. 11 and re-signed on Nov. 6.

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