New York Giants rookie offensive lineman Adam Bisnowaty signed his rookie contract Friday, making him the fourth of the Giants’ six selections in the 2017 NFL Draft to sign.
Defensive tackle Dalvin Thompson (second round), quarterback Davis Webb (third round), and defensive end Avery Moss (fifth round) have all signed. Only first-round selection Evan Engram and fourth-round selection Wayne Gallman have yet to sign their rookie deals.
The collectively bargained rookie pay scale dictates Bisnowaty will receive a four-year deal worth $2.5 million with a $147,111 signing bonus.
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The Giants traded up to select Bisnowaty in the sixth round (200th overall). He was a four-year starter at the University of Pittsburgh. He mostly played right tackle at Pitt and will compete with D.J. Fluker and John Jerry for that position in the Giants starting lineup. Bisnowaty probably will not make his way into the starting lineup. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t made an impression on his new teammates and coaching staff.
Bisnowaty arrived at rookie mini-camp last week wearing a facemask remiscent of the ones offensive linemen wore back in the day. He’s been described as a player who plays with a mean streak. Bisnowaty was all business. He was so intense that the coaches had to remind him (to paraphrase Allen Iverson) that it was just practice.
“I was told to slow it down a little bit through some of the periods. But I just have to go out there and go as hard as you can and keep getting better,” Bisnowaty said after the first day of mini-camp. “You’d like to have the pads on, but you’re still getting physical out there. It’s a lot of fun. You go out there and get after it. I had this helmet on for a while, so just get after it, be out there on the field is a great feeling.”
Bisnowaty’s ferocity is a requirement of the position. He already has supporters in former Giant David Diehl and teammates like Justin Pugh. Bisnowaty also has the zeal of a late round pick who will do just about anything to make the 53-man roster, including playing out of position.
“The depth chart today said right tackle so that’s where I was at. Whereever my name is at, I’ll play and I’m excited to be out on the field,” he said. “I also played a little bit of guard in college, so I’m comfortable playing either position, either side. Either way, I’ll be out there and play as hard as I can.”