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Giants add George Selvie to Steve Spagnuolo's pass-rush mix

3/20/2015

The New York Giants are signing defensive end George Selvie, a pass-rusher who had seven sacks two years ago and three last season for the Dallas Cowboys, and who played his college football with Jason Pierre-Paul at South Florida. Our man Adam Schefter reports that it's a one-year, $1.4 million contract with a $200,000 signing bonus.

The Giants will be Selvie's fifth NFL team since he entered the league in 2010. He didn't start a single game for the Rams, Panthers or Jaguars from 2010 to 2012, but he blossomed a bit under Rod Marinelli in Dallas, starting all 16 games in 2013 and 13 games in 2014. He just turned 28 two weeks ago, so it's possible he's a late bloomer.

And yes, the Giants still need a starting safety. But this addition is a reminder of where their current priorities lie. The Giants have brought back Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator, and you know that means they are determined to be as strong and fearsome as possible up front. They franchised Pierre-Paul to start at one of the defensive end spots, and the other starting spot could go to Damontre Moore, Robert Ayers or maybe even Selvie at this point. The idea is to stack volume on the defensive line, and to be able to put as many pass-rushers on the field as possible when the situation calls for it.

The Giants really like Moore and hope this is a big developmental year for him. They see Ayers as a good rotational piece and likely see Selvie the same way. They like what Kerry Wynn flashed in limited action at the end of 2014. They signed run-stuffing defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis this week to play on the early downs and help Johnathan Hankins focus more on penetrating and rushing the passer. They know they can move Ayers, Wynn or Pierre-Paul inside to defensive tackle when they want to load up with four pass-rushers on passing downs, and Selvie gives them another piece to use in a creative rotation of pass-rushers. It wouldn't be shocking to see them add another one in free agency or the draft. They do not want to run out of pass-rushers.

So that's what this move is -- a volume move to help the depth of the pass rush. They couldn't get in on top-end guys like Jerry Hughes or Pernell McPhee at the start of free agency. So for what they're looking to spend, Selvie seems like a decent fit.