The Giants announced they've signed running back Shane Vereen late Wednesday night. The New York Daily News previously reported that Vereen is being signed to a three-year, $12.35 million deal. Vereen rushed for 391 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. He added 447 receiving yards and three touchdowns in the passing game as well. "(I made this) decision with my family," Vereen said, via the team's official website. "At the end of the day, I wanted to make a decision that was right for us, right for them, and this is a great organization. I was fortunate enough to play in New England with another great organization. This is not a step down; if anything, it is a step up. I am looking forward to the opportunity, and I am enjoying being in New York." The Giants also announced the official signings of offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse, wide receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris and linebackers Jonathan Casillas and J.T. Thomas III.
The Giants have agreed to a three-year deal with linebacker J.T. Thomas, NFL.com reports. Thomas will earn $4.5 million in guaranteed money in the deal, which is worth a total of $12 million. He racked up a career-high 84 tackles and recorded two interceptions in his second season with the Jaguars last year.
The Jaguars have continued contract talks with defensive end Tyson Alualu and linebacker J.T. Thomas, the Florida Times-Union reports. The team has yet to decide whether to tender any of its restricted free agents. Both Alualu and Thomas received negative overall ratings from Pro Football Focus in 2014.
Jaguars rookie quarterback Blake Bortles will start Sunday's game at Baltimore after being listed as probable with a shoulder injury. Other probables suiting up are running back Toby Gerhart (ankle), defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), safety Josh Evans (finger), wideout Tommy Streeter (abdomen) and linebacker J.T. Thomas III (ankle).
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (shoulder) is considered probable for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Bortles has yet to miss time since being named the starter in Week 4. Others listed as probable include: Chris Clemons , Josh Evans, Toby Gerhart, Tommy Streeter and J.T. Thomas. Andre Branch, Khairi Fortt, and Denard Robinson are out.