EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - New Giants defensive backs coach Lou Anarumo didn't sound too worried about the team's depth at cornerback when he spoke to the media on Wednesday morning.
This might explain why.
The Giants are officially signed veteran cornerback William Gay, his agent confirmed on Thursday. The 33-year-old veteran was due to meet with the team today, as first reported by his former Steelers teammate, Bryant McFadden, who now works for CBS Sports. The deal was contingent on Gay passing a physical.
The addition of Gay, an 11-year NFL veteran, would add some much-needed depth to what has looked like a very thin corps of cornerbacks ever since the Giants released Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Their returning starters are Janoris Jenkins and Eli Apple -- both of whom served suspensions last season for violating team rules. Beyond them on the depth chart, though, there is only the unproven Donte Deayon and low-level free agents Teddy Williams and B.W. Webb.
The 5-10, 187-pound Gay would instantly upgrade that corps and would almost certainly be the Giants' third corner. He spent most of his career -- 10 years with Pittsburgh and one with Arizona -- as a starter until he lost his job midway through the 2016 season. He remained a valuable reserve until the Steelers finally released him in mid-March.
The Giants ironically had acquired the player who replaced him in Pittsburgh prior to last season -- Ross Cockrell. They had hoped to re-sign him as the third corner, but he signed with the Carolina Panthers instead.
Gay had one interception in each of the last two years and has 13 in his 11 NFL seasons.