The Giants have added some insurance at safety with ex-Seahawk Deon Grant.
The move, coupled with the signing of free-agent S Antrel Rolle, appears to suggest that the Giants are not expecting to have a healthy Kenny Phillips to start the season. Also today the Giants rescinded their restricted free-agent tender to S C.C. Brown, who had been tendered at the lowest level.
“Hopefully, Kenny can come back one hundred percent, and Rolle is going to do some big things,” Grant said. “With those stud cornerbacks that we have, we can just line up and play ball.”
Grant, who has started 144 games in a row over nine seasons, was released by the Seahawks March 15 in a cost-cutting move. The streak is the fifth-longest current run of consecutive games by a non-kicker in the NFL.
GM Jerry Reese downplayed the notion that Grant simply is injury insurance for Phillips.
“We signed Deon Grant because, number one, he’s durable,” Reese said. “He really hasn’t missed time. He’s a durable veteran who will bring depth and leadership to our safety position.”
Grant, who turned 31 last month, considered signing with the Giants previously but ended up with the Seahawks three seasons ago.
“I’m happy to be here,” Grant said. “I wanted to be here when I went to Seattle, but they came into the picture late. This opportunity on the second go-round — it was destined. I’m happy about the coaching staff and my new teammates, and I’m ready to help them win the Super Bowl again.”
In 2009, Grant had 78 tackles (60 solo), three interceptions, seven passes defensed and a forced fumble for the Seahawks.
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