A day after adding Rocky Bernard to bolster their already strong defensive line, the Giants went ahead and signed Chris Canty to a long term contract. According to multiple media reports, the deal is for 6 years, $42 million, with $17.25 million guaranteed.
Canty, 26, played defensive end in Dallas’ 3-4, but is expected to move inside to defensive tackle. This move adds a ton of depth and fire power to an already stellar defensive line. The Giants, who are getting back Osi Umenyoria, have one of, if not, the best defensive lines in football, and Canty allows for a lot of flexibility. Canty had 37 tackles, and 3 sacks, while playing in all 16 games. Here’s the scouting report, courtesy of ESPN’s Scout Inc:
Canty has great size and natural strength to hold the point versus the run or push the pocket rushing the passer. He is long-limbed, which enables him to lock out and shed effectively. He has improved his hand use to separate to ball carriers and has become a more active defender in his third season. He is an instinctive player reacting well as plays unfold. He feels pad pressure well and constrains running lanes by pressing back into blockers. Canty had his best season of his pro career and has improved his pass rush package, but needs to continue to expand his initial moves and counters. He is a good football player who plays with a great motor and should continue to get better as his career progresses. His outstanding size makes him a fit in both a 3-4 or 4-3 defensive schemes and his versatility gives him added value.
In my opinion, this is a stellar move for the G-Men. Not only does he provide a strong presence who is capable of playing anywhere on the defensive line, he allows for Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka to get some rest, while not losing much.