According to multiple reports, the New York Giants have signed tight end Rhett Ellison to a four-year deal, worth $18 million ($8 million guaranteed).
Well, technically Rhett Ellison and Giants have reached agreement.
Terms: per @MikeGarafolo: 4 years, $18 million w/ $8 million guaranteed
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) March 9, 2017
Ellison, 28, has spent all five of his NFL seasons with the Minnesota Vikings after being drafted by the team in the fourth round out of USC.
Sure, this isn’t a sexy signing, but looking deeper than the surface, this move could prove to be muy importante for a team like the Giants who desperately need a tight end.
4. He’s Versatile
Not only is Ellison expected to play tight end but, according to Paul Schwartz of the NY Post, the team also expects him to get work at fullback – a position they played the entire season without in 2016.
Giants sign TE/FB Rhett Ellison. Was with the Vikings past five years. He's the new fullback.
— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) March 9, 2017
Considering he’s never caught more than 19 passes in a single season, it’s highly unlikely the team throws him into the fire as their premiere tight end.
He was signed to block and improve the run game – period.
3. He Has Something To Prove
This might be a stupid reason but I’m going to go for it anyway.
Behind a Pro Bowl pass catcher like Kyle Rudolph, Ellison saw just 260 snaps last season.
Considering the team just gave him an average salary of over $4 million per season, he should exceed at least 500 snaps – just to give you an idea of what that means, Will Tye had over 700 last season for the Giants.
With more snaps comes more opportunities to make plays and make a name for himself.
2. The Giants Needed To Add Someone Who Can Block
Last season, New York’s trio of tight ends (Tye, Larry Donnell, Jerell Adams) had an average run blocking grade of 38, according to PFF.
Rhett Ellison is a legit blocker. Here's him decleating Von Miller. pic.twitter.com/5wh09voRsR
— Giants Daily (@NYGDaily) March 9, 2017
While not off the charts, Ellison had a grade of 62.5 in the run game and a grade of 70.8 as a pass blocker.
His game revolves around doing the dirty work – and it’s something the Giants needed.
1. They Can Now Draft a Pass-Catching Tight End
If somehow O.J. Howard isn’t available when the Giants starting picking in the first-round, they don’t have to scramble to try and find a two-way tight end somewhere else in the draft.
Ellison now provides the Giants with some wiggle room, allowing them to really find a pass-catching tight end.
Between Tye, Donnell, and Adams, the trio caught just three touchdowns last season – and it’s something that can now be addressed via the draft.