“Renaldo is a solid veteran who can give us some snaps on the inside or the outside,” Reese said. “He’s a real team football player who will give us some depth and competition at a couple of different positions, so we’re excited to see what he can do for us.
“We always like to add defensive linemen. We’re still not sure what Michael is going to do as far as retirement goes. If Michael does retire it gives us a veteran who can play end and tackle. It gives us more veteran depth, instead of having too many young guys.”
A first round draft choice by Tom Coughlin and the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1997, Wynn is a solid player against the run who also has 25.0 career sacks. He played five years for the Jaguars, four for the Washington Redskins and last year for the New Orleans Saints.
The Giants also placed linebacker Keith O’Neil on their reserve/retired list. O’Neil joined the team on Feb. 18.
Wynn is the third veteran defensive players the Giants have added this offseason, joining safety Sammy Knight and linebacker Danny Clark. Wynn and Clark both entered the league with Coughlin’s Jaguars and were teammates in Jacksonville in 2000 and 2001.
A 6-3, 284-pounder from Notre Dame, Wynn has played in 164 career games with 128 starts. He has 205 tackles (161 solo), 25.0 sacks, six forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. Wynn has also started all four postseason games in which he’s played. In the playoffs, he has 10 tackles (seven solo) and a fumble recovery.
In 2007, Wynn signed with the Saints on Sept. 10. He played in 12 games with one start and finished with 13 tackles (12 solo) and 3.5 sacks.
“I drafted Renaldo coming out of Notre Dame and he has the versatility to play both tackle and end, which is very attractive,” Coughlin said. “We played against him when he was in Washington. Renaldo has always been a very smart, durable guy who can play multiple positions. He’s a good solid team guy and an outstanding character guy who is great for the locker room. He works well with young players. He’s a steady, heady player. Quite frankly, in our situation, we’ll be a player down if Strahan does retire and we have to protect ourselves.”
Coughlin is impressed with Wynn’s ability to play both tackle and end.
“That’s very valuable,” Coughlin said. “We’ve seen that with Justin Tuck. Renaldo can play the run on first and second down – he doesn’t have to come in only on pass downs. He played inside last year, so he can defend against the run.”
Wynn, who will turn 34 on Sept. 3, the day before the Giants open their season against Washington, was the 21st overall selection of the 1997 NFL Draft. He made several All-Rookie teams after finishing the season with 60 tackles (25 solo) and 2.5 sacks.