Giants Close to Landing LB Michael Boley

According to multiple media outlets, the Giants are on the verge of signing linebacker Michael Boley to a deal. The deal, according to the reports, would be a five year contract worth about $25 million, and more than $10 million of that guaranteed.

Boley, last of the Falcons, would solidify an outside linebacker spot that has seen a lot of turnover the past couple years. Last season, Boley had 73 tackles, and 1 interception. This is the scouting report for Boley, from ESPN’s Scouts Inc.:

“Boley is athletic, versatile and experienced. He’s an every-down player who has good functional strength, but he’s at his best in space and rushing the passer. He has good instincts, anticipating and reacting well to blocking patterns. He can slide and move well laterally. He has sideline-to-sideline range and good speed in the box. He is fluid when getting depth in his zone drops. He can bend and stay in control in space. He shows good awareness in zones and closes quickly. He also closes well and shows quickness off the edge when rushing the passer. But he isn’t an strong take-on player. He isn’t explosive with his hands and he struggles to stack and shed to get off blocks. He doesn’t match up often in man-to-man. He needs some refinement as a pass rusher off his combinations. Boley is a fast-flow linebacker who must be well-protected to excel, but he’s versatile and can be productive in the right system.”

He sounds like a player who could thrive with the Giants, because of their great pass rush. At 26, he has a ton of time to get better, and could be hitting his prime.

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