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East Rutherford, NJ - The New York Giants have reportedly agreed to terms with free agent linebacker Jameel McClain, while the team officially announced the signings of a pair of holdovers in linebacker Jon Beason and fullback Henry Hynoski.
It's already been an active offseason for the New York Giants in terms of adding or retaining players along with seeing former players sign with other teams.
The Giants opened the free-agent signing period with an estimated $28 million in salary cap space under the $133 million cap a number that's been revised since they cut the salary of guard Chris Snee, restructured punter Steve Weatherford's contract, and cut center David Baas.
The big New York Giants news Thursday was not about a player they acquired but rather about one they lost, as team captain and 2013 sack leader Justin Tuck left to sign with the Raiders.
The Giants have come to terms with former Ravens linebacker Jameel McClain, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
Amidst a whirlwind of blockbuster free agent signings around the NFL , the New York Giants are yet to make a major splash but, at the same time, the front office has been very solid.
There's a feeling around the NFL that if Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman was not interested in signing receiver Hakeem Nicks something must really be wrong with Nicks.
Jon Beason and Justin Tuck were two of the main reasons the Giants were a top-10 defense in 2013 and a big part of the team winning seven of its last 10 games.
General manager Jerry Reese was determined to bring Beason back, according to the New York Daily News, and had been working to re-sign him for weeks.
Veteran linebacker Jon Beason had an immediate impact once he joined the Giants last season, and he recorded 93 tackles in the team's final 11 games.
Early on Wednesday, there were reports that linebacker Jon Beason was one of the many veteran defensive players on the radar of the Broncos as they restock that side of the ball in free agency.
The Giants needed a quick strike Tuesday as NFL free agency kicked off. Something immediate to start to cleanse the bitter aftertaste of their 7-9 season, something to fix what co-owner John Mara called a "broken'' offense.'
Considering how little attention the New York Giants have paid to the linebacker position in recent years, it's a little surprising to see them sign O'Brien Schofield for two years and $8 million.
The Giants are determined to rebuild their battered offensive line, and the process will begin on Tuesday when they cut center David Baas and make a big play for Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith, the Daily News has learned.