Big Blue agreed to terms with outside linebacker O'Brien Schofield on a two-year deal worth $8 million. The 26-year-old pass rusher brings depth to the thin line-backing core and is expected to have a bigger role this upcoming season. Schofield appeared in 15 games with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in 2013.
O'Brien brings over experience after his stint with the league's best defense. Schofield, a fourth-round pick in 2010, has recorded 11.5 sacks in 50 games with NFC West rivals, Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals. He started two games last year and was last seen playing at MetLife stadium helping Seattle raise the Lombardy Trophy.
Schofield is expected to have a bigger role in New York and increase his production, despite reports that there are questions about his knee, having tore his ACL at the Senior Bowl in 2010.
Schofield will work alongside middle linebacker Jon Beason, who the Giants agreed on a contract with bringing him back to New York. The three-time Pro Bowler found a home with Big Blue in a trade last season. The 29-year-old Beason brings leadership and immediately improved the Giants' defense as the signal-caller. Beason recorded 93 tackles in 12 games with New York including a 17-tackle game in a win over Washington.
The Giants have started using free agency to add depth to a thin line-backing core, but their long-term problems will really be addressed in the draft. This year's draft is said to be loaded with talent at the line backer position.