The first free-agent signing of 2014 by the New York Giants is a .... linebacker. The Giants have agreed to terms with O'Brien Schofield, formerly of the Arizona Cardinals and lastly the Seattle Seahawks, on what is being reported to be a two-year, $8 million deal.
Schofield is a 6-foot-3, 245-pound 26-year-old who has been a backup during his four seasons in the league. He has 11.5 sacks as an outside linebacker and sometime defensive end. Schofield has appeared in 50 games, with 11 starts.
Schofield sounds like a typical under-the-radar Jerry Reese signing of a fairly young player who may still have some untapped potential.
Rotoworld rated Schofield as the No. 8 outside linebacker available in free agency. Here is some background on Schofield from SB Nation's Seattle Seahawks web site, Field Gulls.
Definitely not a big signing, but two years and $8 million tells you the Giants see something in Schofield they like -- quite possibly the ability to get after the quarterback from the linebacker position, something they have not had for quite some time.
Your thoughts, Giants' fans?