With a clear need on the offensive line, the New York Giants decided to sign free agent, Byron Stingily.
The New York Giants made another depth signing today, adding former Tennessee Titan and Pittsburgh Steeler offensive tackle, Byron Stingily.
Stingily was drafted in the sixth-round, 175th overall, by the Titans in the 2011 NFL Draft. He would go on to play in 20 games (starting in nine of them) for Tennessee, until the Titans chose to cut him during their final roster cut downs last summer.
Stingily signed with the Steelers in mid-October during the 2015 season, but did not see any playing time.
Stingily is a big man, at 6’5″ and 318 lbs, he proved serviceable during his stretch as a starter and rotational offensive tackle with the Titans. He brings solid veteran depth to the Giants offensive line unit, but likely little else.
Stingily’s best shot at hanging on to a roster spot in 2016 with Big Blue would be to beat out incumbent Marshall Newhouse in training camp. Newhouse struggled in both the run and pass game last season, so it would not be a tall order for Stingily by any means to unseat the former Cincinnati Bengal.
With very few starting caliber tackles left on the free agent board after the signing of Russell Okung and the trade of Ryan Clady, Stingily is pretty much the best of what remained on the free agent market.
#Giants have signed OT Byron Stingily.
— James Kratch (@JamesKratch) April 11, 2016
At 27 years old, Stingily presumably still has some time left in his athletic prime. At best he will replace Newhouse as the Giants’ swing tackle and give them solid production in a limited role.
The worst case scenario is New York gets a veteran camp body who will provide reasonable competition for the team during the preseason.