The deal is reportedly for one year and $4.6 million. The Giants earlier agreed to terms with Blake Martinez.
Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham is familiar with both players from a 2018 stint coaching linebackers in Green Bay.
Fackrell, 28, was a third-round pick by the Packers in 2016. He has started only nine games in that time. He had a career year when Graham was his position coach, though, starting seven games and registering a career-best 10.5 sacks in 623 snaps. Fackrell has had no more than 3.0 sacks in any other season.
Fackrell would've been third on Giants w/35 disruptions last year. And that was on 193 pass rush snaps. It was one less than Lorenzo Carter, who had 36 disruptions on 346 pass rush snaps. #Giants— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 17, 2020
Fackrell had just one sack in 2019. His Pro Football Focus pass rush pressure rate of 6.5 was, however, equal to top-tier pass rushers Yannick Ngakoue and Jadaveon Clowney.
Martinez is an inside linebacker, while Fackrell is an edge defender. A pass rushing edge defender is a need for the Giants, and they are taking a flier on Fackrell considering the success Graham saw him have in 2018. He joins Lorenzo Carter and Oshane Ximines on the outside.
The Giants did something similar a year ago when they signed Markus Golden to a prove-it deal. He gave them a double-digit sack season before entering free agency again. We’ll see if they can have similar success with Fackrell.