The Giants added a little depth to their thin safety corps by signing veteran Rahim Moore on Thursday.
Moore, 26, was one of four free agents the Giants signed, just four days after their season ended with a 38-13 wild-card playoff game loss in Green Bay. They also added linebacker Curtis Grant, running back Daryl Virgies and guard Martin Wallace.
The Giants had actually looked at Moore a couple of times in the past year, including last March when they briefly discussed signing him as a free agent. He instead took a one-year, $1.85 million from the Cleveland Browns in the hopes of jumpstarting his career after he lost his job -- and his spot on the active roster -- in Houston during the second half of the 2015 season.
It didn't happen, though, as Moore was cut at the end of training camp. The Giants brought him in for a workout in early October, but they decided not to sign him.
The Giants were stronger than they had been in a while at safety last season, thanks mostly to the emergence of second-year pro Landon Collins. But they thinned out quickly after they lost promising rookie Darian Thompson to a foot injury and later safety Nat Berhe to a couple of concussions. They eventually promoted undrafted rookie Andrew Adams from their practice squad and he started 13 games.
But in the playoff game in Green Bay last Sunday, the Giants started veteran cornerback Leon Hall at safety instead. With Collins and Thompson projected to go into 2017 as the starters, Moore will likely get a chance to compete for a backup role.
The 6-1, 200-pound Moore was a second-round pick (45th overall) by the Denver Broncos in 2011 and spent four years there before signing with the Houston Texans in 2015. Moore made 48 starts in four seasons for the Broncos and had 10 interceptions. In seven games with the Texans he picked off one pass before he was benched.
As for the other free agents the Giants signed …
RB Daryl Virgies played most recently at Division III Virginia University in Lynchburg, Va. His NFL hopes were derailed in Nov. 2015 when he was shot in the arm. The details of that are unclear, though he has told interviewers about his troubled past and time he spent in jail during his high school years. He also reportedly ran a 4-3 40 in some workouts, which caught the eye of a few NFL teams.
OL Martin Wallace (6-6, 330) has played in one career game, on special teams with the Cleveland Browns in 2013. Since then, the New York City native spent time on practice squads with the Panthers, Bucs, Bears, Cardinals, and most recently with the Jets for the last three weeks of the season.
LB Curtis Grant (6-2, 240) was last on the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad. The former Ohio State linebacker has been on the practice squads in San Diego, Atlanta, Tennessee, Oakland and San Francisco over the last two seasons.