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Giants lose Robert Ayers, Prince Amukamara in free agency

Robert Ayers #91 of the New York Giants

Robert Ayers #91 of the New York Giants celebrates after defeating the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Oct. 25. 2015 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Credit: Mike Stobe

The Giants did not sign any free agents Friday, but two of their former players did agree to terms elsewhere.

Defensive end Robert Ayers Jr. and cornerback Prince Amukamara will be moving south. Ayers led the 2015 Giants in sacks with 9 1⁄2 and will sign a reported three-year, $19.5-million deal with the Buccaneers that includes $10.5 million guaranteed. Amukamara, a first-round pick of the Giants in 2011, will sign a one-year deal with the Jaguars. After productive but injury-plagued seasons with the Giants, he will have a chance to re-establish himself and hit the market again next season.

The Giants already have replacements for the two starters. They re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul and added Olivier Vernon in free agency to bolster their pass rush and defensive line, and added Janoris Jenkins at cornerback to play opposite Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

Okung walks

The Giants’ meeting with free agent Russell Okung ended without a contract offer, and the left tackle reportedly is meeting with the Lions on Saturday. The Giants were the first team to meet with Okung, a first-round pick of the Seahawks who is coming off surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder. The Seahawks and 49ers reportedly also are interested in Okung.

Giant steps

Pierre-Paul insisted he will not have to wear the bulky club on his mangled right hand in 2016. “I won’t need the club this year,” he told SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I’ll be back to the regular JPP, just missing fingers, that’s it.” Pierre-Paul also is excited about the other additions to the defense in free agency. “I’m pumped for this year,” he said. “I’m pretty sure we will get the job done in 2016.” . . . Defensive tackle Damon “Snacks” Harrison said he is cutting down on his eponymous delights. “From myself and my personal reasons, I’ve been dropping at least a few pounds every offseason the last three years,” Harrison said. “So I myself have been losing weight.” Harrison, who is listed at 350 pounds, said the Giants have not asked him to adjust his weight . . . The Giants reportedly have expressed interest in free-agent safeties Chris Conte and Reggie Nelson, but no visits have been scheduled, according to a source . . . The Giants did not receive any compensatory picks in the upcoming draft.

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