The New York Giants have been stockpiling defensive tackles this winter. First, they re-signed Shaun Rogers after missing all of the 2012 season with a blood clot in his leg. Then they raided the Philadelphia Eagles depth chart by landing free agents Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson.
In the 2013 NFL Draft, the Giants drafted Ohio State defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. Plus, they already have Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin and Markus Kuhn from last season along with Bobby Skinner, who is with the team on a futures deal.
On Saturday, the team added another defensive tackle to the depth chart by signing Frank Okam and have added him to the roster, reports Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
The former University of Texas graduate Okam was originally a fifth-round draft pick of the Houston Texans back in the 2008 NFL Draft and was on Houston from 2008 until 2010 before he got cut.
He played for the Texans, Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010 and with Tampa again in 2011, but did not play at all in the 2012 season after he was cut by the Buccaneers at the end of their training camp.
The signing won't be official until Monday, and because the Giants are at full capacity with 90 players, head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese will have to cut at least two players, especially since they also signed outside linebacker Aaron Curry on Friday afternoon.
Between the nine defensive tackles the Giants have, they weigh a combined 2,857 pounds and take up 10 percent of the roster. That number will likely be trimmed by the time training camp concludes.
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