Last year, Devin Taylor was the starting left defensive end for the Detroit Lions. After spending two and half months as a free agent, Taylor finally has a new home for 2017: the New York Giants. As first reported by Pro Football Talk, Taylor signed a one-year deal with the Giants on Wednesday. The contract terms have yet to be announced.
Taylor joined the Lions as a fourth-round draft pick in 2013. Over the next four years, Taylor enjoyed some success as a rotational lineman. In 2015, his best year as a Detroit Lion, Taylor notched 7.0 sacks, second on the team only to Ezekiel Ansah’s 14.5 sacks.
Taylor was rewarded with the starting job the following year, but he failed to make the same kind of impact in his new role. Despite leading all Lions defensive linemen in snaps, Taylor managed only 4.5 sacks.
The Lions didn’t seem to have any interest in signing Taylor once his rookie contract was up, especially after the team went out and signed Cornelius Washington on the first day of free agency. Taylor will now join a solid Giants defense and compete for a rotational role behind the likes of Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon.