EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Dave Gettleman and Pat Shurmur reached into their recent past to find the player who many believe will become their final starting offensive lineman.
Mike Remmers, who has started all 71 regular-season and postseason games in which he played the previous five seasons, has signed with the Giants, the team announced today. He is the favorite to open the 2019 season as first-team right tackle.
Remmers, 6-5 and 310 pounds, spent the previous two years with the Minnesota Vikings, for whom he started all 16 games last season at right guard. The previous season, when Shurmur was named the NFL Assistant Coach of the Year as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, Remmers played three different positions; he started 10 games at right tackle before switching to right guard in the regular-season finale, before starting his only two games at left guard in the postseason, including the NFC Championship Game.
Before moving to Minnesota, Remmers played three seasons for the Carolina Panthers when Gettleman was the team’s general manager. He started all 42 games in which he appeared for Carolina, including Super Bowl 50, and twice played in every game.
Remmers, 30, entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Denver in 2012. After a stint on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ practice squad, Remmers joined the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 9, 2013. He played in one game that season, the only contest in his career in which he did not start.
Remmers was acquired off waivers by Minnesota on Nov. 25, 2013. After spending time on the practice squads of the Vikings and the Rams, he was signed by the Panthers on Oct. 28, 2014. Remmers started the season’s final seven games, including two in the postseason, before starting every game for Carolina in 2015-16. He signed as a free agent with the Vikings on March 10, 2017.
The breakdown of Remmers’ 64 regular-season starts include 34 at right tackle, 17 at right guard, and 13 at left guard. In the postseason, he has five starts at right tackle and two at left guard.
Remmers is the second veteran offensive lineman acquired by the Giants this offseason. Right guard Kevin Zeitler arrived via trade from the Cleveland Browns.
Zeitler and Remmers are expected to line up next to each other on the right side, though Chad Wheeler will compete to keep the tackle job he held for the season’s final 14 games last year. They will team with left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Will Hernandez and either Jon Halapio or Spencer Pulley at center on an offensive line that has been completely re-staffed since Gettleman was hired less than 17 months ago.
*The Giants also signed defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun, who attended the team’s recent rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. Akinmoladun, a 6-3 and 283-pounder from Nebraska, started all 37 games at defensive end from 2016-18. He finished his Husker career with 106 tackles and 12 sacks.
*The Giants waived kicker Joey Slye of Virginia Tech, whom they signed last week after the rookie minicamp.
*The Giants waived/injured rookie defensive back Jacob Thienemen, who hurt his knee in the rookie minicamp. Thienemen, from Purdue, was signed on May 2.
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