Defensive lineman Rocky Bernard smothers a San Francisco quarterback. No wonder the Giants want him.
Bernard signed what is believed to be a four-year $16 million Saturday night, hours after the Giants signed former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Michael Boley.
“He's a veteran defensive tackle with skins on the wall,'' Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. “He plays hard, he's stout against the run and he has to be accounted for as a pass rusher.''
Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield, the starting tackles last season, both have had arthroscopic surgery in the offseason.
“I'm really, really excited to be coming to the Giants,'' Bernard said. “I wanted to go to a team that has had a lot of success and has a really good defense. That's what the Giants have.
It feels good to be part of a great organization. They're a good football team.''
Bernard, entering his eighth season, started 55 of 103 regular season games with Seattle, 4-12 last year. He had 282 tackles, 29 sacks and seven fumble recoveries.
The Giants were ranked fifth overall in defense last season under Steve Spagnuolo, who left to become coach of the Rams.
Sheridan was promoted from linebackers coach to replace him.