The Giants busy offseason continued on Tuesday with the team increasing the number of free agents signed from other teams to 13.
Offensive lineman Charles Brown, previously with the new Orleans Saints, became the fourth offensive lineman to be added in free agency, joining guard/tackle Geoff Schwartz (Kansas City), center J.D. Walton (Denver/Washington) and guard/tackle John Jerry (Miami). Brown signed on Tuesday.
Defensive end Robert Ayers, a Jersey City, NJ native who last year played with the Denver Broncos, signed on Wednesday morning.
The 6’5”, 300-pound Brown started 14 games at left tackle last season for the Saints before being replaced by rookie Terron Armstead. Overall, Brown has played in 37 games with 22 starts – 14 at left tackle, seven at right tackle and one as an extra tight end.
Brown was a second-round draft choice from USC by the Saints in 2010, the 64th overall selection. As a rookie, he played in three games and was inactive for 13, plus a playoff game.
The addition of Brown gives the Giants veteran depth at tackle in the even that Jerry, who was named in the Wells Report investigating alleged workplace harassment in Miami, is disciplined by the league and in case starting left tackle Will Beatty, who is recovering from a broken leg suffered in the regular season finale, has setback in his recovery.
Ayers, 6’3”, 274 pounds, was the Broncos’ first round pick (18th overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft. He’s started 27 of 72 games during his career at outside linebacker and defensive end.
Last season, Ayers played 15 games with three starts, posting a career-best 5.5 sacks along with 29 tackles and one forced fumble.
In five seasons, Ayers has started 27 of 72 games during his career at outside linebacker (2009-2010) and defensive end (2011-2013). Ayers has 142 career tackles, eight pass breakups and 12.0 sacks.