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Giants sign tackle Mike Remmers to solidify right side

UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

In this Dec. 2, 2018 photo, Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Mike Remmers blocks during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The New York Giants signed the free agent offensive tackle on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Winslow Townson / Images for Panini, via AP)
In this Dec. 2, 2018 photo, Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Mike Remmers blocks during an NFL football game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. The New York Giants signed the free agent offensive tackle on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (Winslow Townson / Images for Panini, via AP)
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants have a new right side of their offensive line.

Two months after acquiring right guard Kevin Zeitler in a trade with the Cleveland Browns, the Giants found a new right tackle Tuesday, signing veteran free agent Mike Remmers.

Contract details were not immediately available for the 30-year-old, who has started all 71 regular-season and postseason games in which he’s played the previous five seasons.

Remmers spent the previous two years with the Vikings, starting all 16 games in 2018 at right guard. He also played right tackle and left guard during his tenure in Minnesota.

Remmers has ties to Giants coach Pat Shurmur and general manager Dave Gettleman. Shurmur was the Vikings’ offensive coordinator in Remmers’ first season in Minnesota. Gettleman was his general manager in three seasons with Carolina.

Remmers will compete with incumbent Chad Wheeler for the right tackle job, but the early speculation is that he will end up as the starter.

Remmers entered the NFL as a rookie free agent with Denver in 2012. Of his 64 regular-season starts, he has 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.

The Giants also signed free agent defensive end Freedom Akinmoladun from Nebraska. Akinmoladun attended the team’s recent rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. Kicker Joey Slye of Virginia Tech, whom the Giants signed last week after the rookie minicamp, was waived.

The Giants also waived rookie defensive back Jacob Thienemen, who hurt his knee in the minicamp. Thienemen, of Purdue, was signed on May 2.

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