Richie Incognito was exiled from the NFL for his role in the Miami Dolphins' Bully-gate scandal. John Jerry, who was named as one of his co-conspirators, was exiled to the Giants.
Jerry, who according to investigator Ted Wells, was one of three Dolphins linemen who "engaged in a pattern of harrassment directed" at now-former Dolphins lineman Jonathan Martin last season, signed with the Giants on Friday, the team announced. The 27-year-old was added for his ability to swing between guard and tackle.
And in a statement released to the media, Giants GM Jerry Reese indicated questions about his character were addressed before his deal was signed.
"We did our homework on John, like we do with every player we sign," Reese said. "We were satisfied with the answers we got about John as a player and person."
Jerry, a 6-5, 335-pounder, was the least-known of the Bully-gate trio that exploded in Miami late last year when Martin left the team allegedly because of constant harrassment by Incognito. After Martin left and Incognito was suspended, the Dolphins hired Wells to investigate Martin's claims. He determined a pattern of bullying and inappropriate behavior had gone on that was led by Incognito, but included Jerry and center Mike Pouncey.
In the report, Wells said "we ultimately concluded that Martin was indeed harassed by Incognito, who can fairly be described as the main instigator, and by Jerry and Pouncey, who tended to follow Incognito's lead.
Neither Reese nor Tom Coughlin were available to the media to discuss what "answers" Jerry provided about what happened in Miami, or how they plan to insure it doesn't happen with the Giants. Jerry was also unavailable for comment, and no quotes from him were included in the Giants' press release announcing the signing.
Jerry started 45 games for the Dolphins in his four seasons and was their starting right guard for the last two years. He figures to be a backup lineman in New York, but the Giants did trumpet his ability to also play left tackle -- which could be key as their incumbent left tackle, Will Beatty, continues to rehab from the broken leg he suffered in the season finale in December.