Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins signed a three-year, $8 million deal to join the New York Giants.
The Giants announced the signing on Monday.
Jenkins, 32, was released in February by the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles two years into a five-year deal. Because he was released, Jenkins was free to sign with any time before the signing period officially begins Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.
Jenkins was owed $5 million if he was on the roster at the start of the league year, but the Eagles released him before that payment was due.
The Giants gave Jenkins a $2 million signing bonus and $3 million guaranteed in the new deal.
"I'm excited," said Jenkins, who visited five teams after being let go by Philadelphia. "It's been a tough two weeks, going through so many different things mentally, with my family and traveling so much - trying to figure out which was the best scenario. I'm glad that it's over and especially with the Giants. This was my first visit and I had a good feeling here, especially talking with the coaches. Everybody was straight up, straight forward with me. I had a good gut feeling about New York."
"We are very pleased to add a player of Cullen's caliber to our defensive line," general manager Jerry Rese said. "He brings the physical nature that we like and also gives us a lot of flexibility up front."