Dave Gettleman isn't kidding about fixing the Giants' offensive line quickly. And now his rebuilding effort is three-fifths complete.
Hours after agreeing to terms on a mega-deal with free-agent left tackle Nate Solder, the Giants got him some company by agreeing to terms with former Jaguars guard Patrick Omameh. The 6-4, 327-pounder is ironically the player who was displaced when the Jags signed free agent Andrew Norwell, the Giants' original top target in free agency.
Omameh started 20 games for the Jaguars over the last two years, and will likely replace the departing Justin Pugh at left guard. Pugh has long been expected to leave via free agency, and will be visiting the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday according to a league source.
Terms of the Omameh deal weren't immediately available, but the Giants haven't been shy about spending on the line. They gave Solder a four-year, $62 million contract with $35 million guaranteed to leave the New England Patriots and replace Ereck Flowers as the Giants' left tackle. They also gave center Brett Jones a second-round, restricted free agent tender worth $2.914 million.
The Giants' plans for the right side of the line remain unclear. They do still have veteran guard John Jerry under contract, and they could also bring back free agent guard D.J. Fluker. It's also possible that Flowers, now that he's deposed from the left tackle spot, could play right tackle next season. Or he could even switch to guard.