New York Giants sign former Miami Dolphins lineman John Jerry
03/22/2014 12:00 AM
03/22/2014 12:02 AM
If you can play, you can play. That’s the NFL way, and it was proven yet again Friday.
The Giants announced late in the day that they signed former Dolphins lineman and accused bully John Jerry to a free agent contract.
Two months ago, Jerry was a largely anonymous NFL lineman about to hit free agency after four nondescript seasons.
Then came Ted Wells’ report on the Dolphins’ workplace conduct scandal. In it, Wells determined that Jerry, Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey engaged “in a pattern of harassment” directed at teammates and Dolphins staff.
Some privately wondered if Jerry would get another chance to play. The baggage associated with the bullying scandal was strike one.
But unlike Pouncey — who remains a respected member of the Dolphins — Jerry wasn’t a star at his position. He allowed five sacks in 2013 and struggled in run blocking.
And yet, the Giants saw enough in Jerry to deal with any PR hit that comes with the signing. All three linemen could still face suspension or fine from the NFL. Incognito remains unsigned, but most likely won’t be returning to Miami.
“We did our homework on John, like we do with every player we sign,” said Giants general manager Jerry Reese, according to the New York Daily News. “We were satisfied with the answers we got about John as a player and person.”
Meanwhile, the Dolphins announced late Friday afternoon that they have completed their visit with Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno Friday. However, a deal has not yet been struck.