CB Jenkins, DT Harrison to join Giants as free agency begins
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) One day after coming to an agreement with their own unrestricted free agent defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, the Giants were poised Wednesday to make a huge free-agent splash by signing cornerback Janoris Jenkins and run-stopping defensive tackle Damon ''Snacks" Harrison.
Both Jenkins and Harrison were expected to sign what are believed to be five-year deals shortly after the 4 p.m. EST start to the free agent period. Combined with their agreement with Pierre-Paul on a one-year, $10.5 million contract Tuesday, the Giants will have addressed immediately their major weaknesses in the defensive front and the secondary.
Harrison, 27, will be paired with returning veteran Jonathan Hankins to form a solid middle. Though he had only a half-sack in 16 starts last year for the Jets, Harrison is a noted force against the run who was in on 72 tackles in 2015.
Harrison's deal will be worth about $46 million, $24 million of which is guaranteed.
The Jenkins signing will likely end Prince Amukamara's Giants career. The 2011 first-round cornerback was told by the team to test the open market, where he expects to land a contract in the $10 million per year neighborhood despite an injury history that caused him to miss 25 games in his 80-game career.
Jenkins is expected to get slightly more than $12 million annually, making him the second-highest-paid cornerback in the league behind the Jets' Darrelle Revis, who has a $14.024 million average.
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