The Giants aren't done signing former Packers linebackers, as OLB Kyler Fackrell has agreed to a one-year deal, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed. In this one-year, prove-it pact, Fackrell will receive $4.6 million.
Fackrell didn't have much of a spot on the Packers' 2019 defense after the team brought in Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith, who became the first stringers right away. He played in all 16 games, but in a limited role that saw just one sack and 23 tackles come his way.
But in a larger role in 2018 (seven starts in 16 games), Fackrell tallied 10.5 sacks and that's exactly what the Giants are hoping he can reproduce this season.
A third-round pick out of Utah State in the 2016 NFL Draft, the 28-year-old is nicknamed "The Freak" for his 6-foot-5, 245-pound frame that has the ability to get around his blocker and into the backfield.
Fackrell will reunite with his fellow Green Bay teammate in LB Blake Martinez, whom the Giants nabbed on a three-year deal worth $30.75 million. He's also the first pass rusher the Giants have brought in, and they may not be done just yet.
On Monday, a report surfaced that said one team considered the Giants a "legitimate contender" for Jadeveon Clowney, the elite edge rusher the team desperately needs. Leonard Floyd is also on the market now, and the Giants could give him a prove-it or short-term deal like Fackrell's after underachieving with the Bears.
Either way, GM Dave Gettleman has continued to improve his defense, with his only offensive free agent move being Levine Toilolo to add some more depth at tight end.