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Jerry Reese: Too early to judge Giants’ free-agent signings

New York Giants Senior Vice President & General

New York Giants Senior Vice President & General Manager Jerry Reese speaks during a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Credit: Newsday / Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

BOCA RATON, Fla. — The man who orchestrated the most aggressive and expensive offseason free-agent makeover in Giants history isn’t getting too excited about plunking down more than $200 million worth of contracts for just four key defensive players.

“It’s all on paper,” general manager Jerry Reese said on Monday during a break in the NFL’s spring meetings. “They’ve got to get out there and play. We haven’t done anything yet. We haven’t won a game since we got those guys.”

Reese signed Dolphins defensive end/linebacker Olivier Vernon, Jets defensive tackle Damon Harrison and Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins, and re-signed Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul within the first hours of the free-agency signing period on March 9. And Giants president and co-owner John Mara said the team may still sign more free agents to supplement the offensive line, cornerback and wide receiver.

But Reese, who enters his 10th season since succeeding Ernie Accorsi as general manager, is making no pronouncements about how he good he thinks his team will be as a result of the signings.

“We were 6-10 last year, that’s all I know,” Reese said. “We just have to get better. Talk is cheap. There’s nothing for me to talk about.”

This was by far the most aggressive Reese has been in free agency, in part because the Giants’ salary-cap situation was more flexible than in previous seasons.

“We had the [salary cap] money this time,” Reese said. “You can be aggressive when you have the money.”

Reese has generally done quite well in unrestricted free agency, having signed quality players such as safety Antrel Rolle, linebacker Michael Boley, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, tight end Martellus Bennett, running back Rashad Jennings and others.

Does he think this year’s crop can help the team?

“We hope so,” he said. “We’re off to a good start.”

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