Giants add Ayers, becoming Broncos East again

Having already signed Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Trindon Holliday, the Giants continued their raid of Denver's roster on Wednesday.

The G-Men have agreed to terms with defensive end Robert Ayers on a two-year deal with a reported $4M total value and $1.75M in guarantees.

Denver made Ayers the 18th-overall pick in 2009 with their second of two first-round picks that year.

Six picks prior, they had taken Knowshon Moreno, who signed with the Dolphins last week.

Both Moreno and Ayers are New Jersey natives, so this will be a homecoming for the 28-year-old defensive end.

In five seasons with the Broncos, Ayers played in 72 regular season games (27 starts), totaling 12 sacks, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and 147 tackles.

His biggest impact came during Denver's improbable 2011 playoff win over Pittsburgh, when Ayers had the only multisack game of his career.

This isn't the first time the Giants collected ex-Broncos - when Dan Reeves headed east in 1993, he was followed by Mark Jackson, Michael Brooks, David Treadwell, and Mike Horan.

Ayers had earlier visited Cincinnati and reportedly drawn interest from Dallas. His departure means the team might just be getting into the territory of qualifying for a compensatory pick in 2015.

So far in free agency, they have now lost seven starters (Ayers, DRC, Moreno, Zane Beadles, Eric Decker, Wesley Woodyard, and Shaun Phillips), and added four or five (T.J. Ward, Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware, Emmanuel Sanders, and Will Montgomery).

Of course, nobody knows how compensatory picks are calculated, so we won't waste much time speculating about it.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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