In a story written yesterday by senior writer/editor Michael Eisen on Giants.com, the official website of the New York Football Giants, the team has signed former Seattle Seahawks tight end Kellen Davis to a free agent contract. Davis will compete for a roster spot with the existing group of tight ends on the Giants roster that includes holdovers Larry Donnell and oft-injured Adrien Robinson, as well as free agent Daniel Fells.
According to Eisen, "Davis has played in 95 regular-season games with 39 starts and in four postseason games with one start. An outstanding blocker, he has 50 receptions for 561 yards (11.2-yard avg.) and 12 touchdowns in the regular season and two catches for 42 yards and a score in the postseason."
The Davis signing may mean the end of the line for New York's former blocking tight end, Bear Pascoe, who is currently on the free agent market. Overall, New York has been the most active NFL team in free agency by signing 14 players, who played for clubs other than the Giants last year.
Traditionally New York has had a strong desire for a blocking tight end on the roster, and Davis certainly fits that description. Before this signing, only Daniel Fells, of the existing trio of tight ends, had some level of NFL experience. In fact, Adrien Robinson's only game experience consists of one play (on special teams) last season in Detroit, when he was injured on kick coverage against the Lions.
Big Blue's general manager Jerry Reese have been extremely active in the off season, trying to transform a team that has not made the playoffs in the past two seasons, leading to much speculation about who the G-men will select in May's NFL draft. Recently, ESPN's Mel Kiper projected that the Giants would select tight end Eric Ebron of the University of North Carolina.