Perhaps New York Giants' general manager Jerry Reese has one more fairly important free-agent card to play. Defensive end Robert Ayers is reportedly still in New Jersey today after a free-agent visit with the Giants that began on Tuesday.
Ayers, 28, is a five-year veteran from the Denver Broncos. The 2009 first-round pick is a Jersey City, N.J. native and seems to fit the mold of what Reese and the Giants have been seeking this offseason. He is an under 30 player who may still have some upside. Ayers had a career-best 5.5 sacks while playing 514 snaps in 2013. He is a run-stuffing defensive end who has a +11.1 Pro Football Focus grade vs. the run in 2013, and his presence would go a long way toward solidifying the defensive end spot after the loss of Justin Tuck to the Oakland Raiders.
As of now the Giants have only Jason Pierre-Paul, coming off an injury-plagued season, the seemingly fading Mathias Kiwanuka and the unproven Damontre Moore at defensive end.
The Giants currently have approximately $4.3 million remaining in salary cap space. As of now, Reese has added 12 players who were with other teams in 2013. Will Ayers be the lucky 13th?