NY Giants agree to 3-year deal with veteran DT who won a Super Bowl with the Bucs

Rakeem Nunez-Roches, NY Giants. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Rakeem Nunez-Roches, NY Giants. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

This may have not been the splash move that NY Giants fans were hoping for on Day 1 of free agency, but they’ll surely take it. Earlier this offseason, general manager Joe Schoen said that it was going to be important for him to build depth on the defensive line ahead of the 2023 campaign arriving.

He’s done just that by agreeing to terms with former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches. Nunez-Roches, who checks in at 6-2, 307 pounds, played the first three years of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs before joining Tampa Bay in 2018. He spent five years in the NFC South, helping the Bucs win a Super Bowl while in town.

NY Giants agree to three-year deal with veteran DT Rakeem Nunez-Roches

Nunez-Roches appeared in all 17 games for Tampa Bay last season, making 10 starts. Throughout the campaign, the veteran DT posted 33 total tackles and two sacks. For his career, he has recorded 132 total tackles and 3.5 sacks. Again, this isn’t a blockbuster move by the G-Men by any means, but it feels like a quality addition from a depth standpoint.

At the end of the day, this is a 307-pounder who will be ready to play significant snaps for head coach Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Wink Martindale. Obviously, All-Pro defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence is the heart and soul of the unit and he’ll be leading the way once again in ’23.

However, we all knew that Schoen was going to prioritize bringing in some big bodies to help Lawrence out. This is the first move recorded by Schoen and the Giants front office, but more is certainly on the way.

Plenty of eyes will be on an interior offensive lineman (Nick Gates has agreed to terms with Washington) and some receivers. For now, Nunez-Roches is on the board and he’ll be signing with the team to make things official soon enough.