The New York Giants are adding a veteran defensive lineman to help make up for the loss of Justin Tuck.

The team announced it signed defensive end Robert Ayers on Wednesday. Fox Sports reported the deal was a two-year agreement.

Ayers, 28, was selected in the first round by the Denver Broncos in 2009 and started 11 games at outside linebacker (2009-'10) and 16 games at defensive end (2011-'13) in five seasons in the Mile High City.

Ayers had a career-best 5.5 sacks last season in 15 games (three starts).

The defensive end's versatility will be a boon to a defensive front that has lost veteran talent each of the past two offseasons (Osi Umenyiora and Tuck).