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New York Giants and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard agree to terms

by Mike Garafolo/The Star-Ledger


The first two free agents to visit the Giants didn't make it out the door without a contract.

Hours after signing linebacker Michael Boley, the team has agreed to terms on a contract with defensive tackle Rocky Bernard, according to someone familiar with the progress of negotiations. Length and terms are not yet available.


11:32 UPDATE: We're hearing Bernard's deal is for four years and $16 million.


Bernard, who turns 30 in April, should help the Giants get the push up the middle they like to see from their defensive tackles, such as Fred Robbins, who's incredibly quick and nimble for a player who's listed at 317 pounds but probably weighs even more. Bernard has 29 career sacks in seven NFL seasons (all with the Seahawks), including 11 in the past three seasons after recording a career-high 8 1/2 in 2005.


The question now is whether the Giants can also reel in Chris Canty. The 6-7, 304-pound former Cowboy is a 3-4 defensive end who would likely play tackle for the Giants if he signed. Canty is having dinner with line coach Mike Waufle tonight and will meet with the team tomorrow.


He's got several suitors lined up and an $8-million-per-year price tag, so the Bronx native's chances of playing for one of his two hometown teams would seem to have waned now that Bernard has agreed to join the Giants -- though we've been getting nudges that Canty shouldn't be ruled out.



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