Wait? What? A real honest-to-goodness New York Giants free agency rumor has surfaced. Brian Costello of the New York Post is reporting that defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis is visiting the Giants.
Ellis, of course, doesn't have to go far to drop in on the Giants' Quest Diagnostics Training Center offices. The 27-year-old spent the first four years of his career playing for the New York Jets.
The 6-foot-5, 346-pound Ellis is considered a run-stopper. The Giants were last in the league a season ago against the run, surrendering 4.9 yards per rushing attempt.
Ellis has just five starts in 47 career games, and has played the nose tackle spot in the Jets' 3-4 defense. The Giants, of course, are a 4-3 team.
Pro Football Focus had this to say about Ellis:
Ellis fits the bill as a run stopper. He's played in the shadow of one of the league's best run stopping nose tackles in Damon Harrison the last couple years, but Ellis always showed well when given an opportunity. He graded at +2.3 against the run on 158 snaps in 2014 after posting an impressive +14.0 run-stopping grade on only 210 snaps in 2013. He's similar to Dan Williams as two-down nose tackle appears to be his best and only fit, but it's a valuable role to fill and Ellis appears ready to step into a bigger role as he hits free agency.
Ellis might seem an odd fit in a 4-3, but a run-stopper is a run-stopper and the Giants could certainly use one.
Your thoughts, Giants fans?