The New York Giants missed the boat on the big-name offensive linemen who were available in NFL free agency, instead apparently going bargain-hunting in the shallow end of the pool. What turned up for the Giants was four-year veteran Marshall Newhouse.
The 6-foot-3, 326-pound Newhouse has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract. The deal is reportedly worth $3 million.
Newhouse is most likely being brought in as depth, not as a starter. He has started only seven games the past two seasons, two with the Green Bay Packers in 2013 and five with the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014.
A 2010 fifth-round pick by the Green Bay Packers, Newhouse has played both tackle positions and right guard during his career. He received a -12.2 grade from Pro Football Focus for the 2014 season, during which he played 389 snaps. Newhouse has never received a positive score from PFF for a full season.
It is hard to imagine the Giants would see Newhouse as a player worthy of moving Justin Pugh from right tackle to left guard. More likely, they see him as an improved version of Charles Brown or James Brewer. A versatile player who can provide depth and be plugged in short-term at a variety of positions.
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