it took a little longer than most Giants The fans wanted, but the general manager jo scone struck The Colts made their first splash of free agency by signing the linebacker bobby okereke for a four year deal,
Okereke fills a huge need for the linebacker-deprived Giants.
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Getting to Know the Giants’ New ‘Backer’
The Colts originally drafted the 26-year-old Okereke in the third round in 2019. He played in 30 games with 16 starts in his first two years, then took over as the Colts’ full-time starter in 2021. Okereke had 132 tackles and one sack. Season.
Then, in 2022, he recorded a career-high 151 tackles. He also had six tackles for loss, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Okereke had a ProFootballFocus grade of 73.3, which included an impressive 79.3 rating against the run. It was a good bounce-back after registering grades of 47.7 (2020) and 58.5 (2021) two years back. According to the NFL’s NextGen Stats, Okereke generated 75 defensive stops in 2022, which tied for 10th-most among linebackers.
Okereke stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 235 pounds. He played college ball at Stanford. Okereke hasn’t shown much quarterback rush in the NFL (career two sacks), but he averaged 7.5 sacks in his final two seasons at Stanford.
where does that fit in?
An inside linebacker was arguably the Giants’ most pressing need to start this offseason. The two linebackers he started in the playoffs (jarad davis And Jaylon Smith) was also not on the roster during the summer. giants have high hopes Darien BeaverSixth-round pick last year, but it’s hard to count on him too much after missing 2022 with an ACL injury.
The Giants re-signed Davis before the start of free agency. This gives him a nice starter-depth combination when paired with Okereke and Beaver. However, Giants cannot be added to this position.
Quick read on the contract
Okereke’s full contract details are not yet known, but from the outside, it looks like a good deal for the linebacker: four years, $40 million with $22 million guaranteed.