And on the 25th day of free agency, the Giants added a tight end.
After signing 13 veterans from other teams and re-signing 10 of their own players, the Giants finally addressed the one position on their roster that was not only a need but an eerie vacancy. They signed free agent Kellen Davis, most recently of the Seahawks, to a one-year deal.
Davis has been a career backup with the Bears and the Seahawks, so his signing does not rule out the possibility of the Giants selecting a tight end early in the draft next month. The player they have been most closely associated with at the position is North Carolina's Eric Erbon, who is expected to be available when the Giants have the 12th selection of the first round.
As for the player they did sign, Davis had three receptions all of last season while playing in 15 games. And while he was a starter for the Bears for two seasons, one of them was under the tight end-averse offense of Mike Martz. His 19 receptions for 229 yards in 2012 were both career highs, though he did catch five touchdowns in 2011. Ironically the Bears wanted to get better production from the position last offseason so they replaced Davis with Martellus Bennett, a free agent they signed away from the Giants.
What Davis does bring is some size at 6-7 and 265 pounds, and that's something that the most recent Giants tight end Brandon Myers (6-3, 256) did not have. He also has experience, and in a field of competitors at the position for the Giants, that could go a long way. The only other tight ends on the Giants roster are Larry Donnell, Adrien Robinson and Daniel Fells. Bear Pascoe, who has played tight end for the Giants in the past, is a free agent but seems unlikely to return, especially since the Giants have assigned his number 86 jersey to the returning Mario Manningham.
Whether it's Robinson, Davis, Ebron or someone else starting for the Giants at tight end on opening day, it will be the fifth different player in five seasons following Kevin Boss (2010), Jake Ballard (2011), Bennett (2012) and Myers. The Giants also will have turnover at coaching the position, something that has been as rare as the player carousel has been common. Longtime assistant Mike Pope was not brought back for 2014. He was replaced by Kevin M. Gilbride, son of the former offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, and most recently served as wide receivers coach for the Giants.
The Giants also announced the signing of free agent receiver Travis Harvey, an undrafted rookie free agent with the Titans last year who was released in training camp. Harvey played at Florida A&M and had 64 catches for 808 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior, but he did not play football as a freshman or sophomore.