Giants add Bernard to defense
A day after signing Atlanta Falcons linebacker Mike Boley to a five-year, $25 million contract, the New York Giants added a playmaker to their defensive line Saturday by reaching an agreement with Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Rocky Bernard.
Bernard signed what is believed to be a four-year, $16 million deal on Saturday night. Bernard, 29, had 29 sacks during his seven-year Seahawks career.
Bernard had his best season in 2005, when the Seahawks played in the Super Bowl. He had 8 1/2 sacks in only seven starts. His specialty is playing the three technique, being the tackle whose job is to shoot gaps and pressure the running attack or quarterback.
Bernard became a full-time starter in 2006 and has had 44 starts and 11 sacks since. He was a fifth-round choice of the Seahawks in 2002.
"He's a veteran defensive tackle with skins on the wall," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "He plays hard, he's stout against the run and he has to be accounted for as a pass rusher."
"I'm really, really excited to be coming to the Giants," Bernard said. "I wanted to go to a team that has had a lot of success and has a really good defense. That's what the Giants have. It feels good to be part of a great organization. They're a good football team."
John Clayton is a senior writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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