The New York Giants have signed former Denver Broncos defensive end Robert Ayers. The Giants lost defensive captain Justin Tuck to Oakland in free agency, leaving Jason Pierre-Paul, Mathias Kiwanuka and second-year pro Damontre Moore. Pierre-Paul was limited by injuries last season.
Ayers' addition Wednesday makes him the 13th veteran the team has signed since free agency started. Ayers had a career-high 5.5 sacks last season for the AFC champion Broncos. A former first-round draft choice and a New Jersey native, he is the fourth participant from February's Super Bowl, and the third from the Broncos, to join the Giants. The others are cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and return specialist Trindon Holliday. Cornerback Walter Thurmond left Seattle to join the Giants.