The Giants have agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $18 million with TE/FB Rhett Ellison, reports Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
$8 million of the deal will be fully guaranteed.
Ellison, 28, had nine catches for 57 yards and one touchdown last season for the Minnesota Vikings.
He has 51 catches for 515 yards and three touchdowns during his four-year career, which has been spent entirely with Minnesota.
The Giants primarily used Larry Donnell and Will Tye last season at tight end.
This isn't the exciting start to the free-agent signing period that Giants fans may have been dreaming about, but Rhett Ellison could be a very important addition. After all, the Giants' biggest issue last season was blocking - both in the running game and the passing game.
And Giants linebacker Devon Kennard Tweeted after the Giants signed the 6-5, 250-pounder, "Rhett is one of the best blockers at TE I've ever gone against college or pros!"
No, he's not an offensive tackle and yes the Giants still have some questions to answer on their offensive line. But the tackle/guard market is absolutely out of control, as it so often is in free agency. The Giants just didn't have the salary cap room to be players for the better offensive linemen. So instead they redirected their resources towards someone who can help their line out.
Yes, four years, $18 million with $8 million guaranteed is a little steep. But so what? If he provides a boost to the running game and helps, say left tackle Ereck Flowers in pass protection, he'll be a bargain. He'll be what tight end/fullback Will Johnson was supposed to be for the Giants last season before he ended up spending the season on injured reserve.
Not all signings can be stars. They don't have to be. Role players are important too. And this signing fills a very key role for the Giants, and could help their beleaguered offense rebound in a big way.