The New York Giants' 24th free-agent signing of the offseason is, at long last, a tight end -- former Chicago Bears and Seattle Seahawks tight end Kellen Davis, to be exact. Davis is a blocking tight end (he has 50 total receptions in five NFL seasons), so to answer your first question he does not eliminate Eric Ebron as a first-round draft target next month. But he does give the Giants someone at the position with some NFL experience -- a body in camp, if nothing else, at a position where they have very little.
And you'll never guess how old he is! That's right -- 28 years old, right in the Giants' free-agent wheelhouse. It's as though non-28-year-olds need not apply.
Davis played the first four years of his career for the Bears and then spent 2013 with the eventual Super Bowl champion Seahawks, though he was a non-factor in Seattle. He had three catches all year and was not active in the Super Bowl.
He joins Adrien Robinson, Larry Donnell and Daniel Fells as the tight ends on the Giants' roster. The Giants have patched the position together with one-year stopgaps for several years now, and if they don't address the position with a draft pick, it's possible they could elect to do so again with one or more from that group.
Davis is the 14th free agent the Giants have signed from outside the organization, the highest number of any team in the league so far this offseason.