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NFL Free Agency 2011: Deon Grant Returns To Giants

Deon Grant is back with the New York Giants. It is a move that is hardly the magnitude of some of the free-agent signings by the Philadelphia Eagles or even the New York Jets. It is, however, a signficant one for the Giants.

Grant, 32, was a key member of the team’s defense in 2010. He played a hybrid linebacker/safety position in a three-safety package often used by defensive coordinator Perry Fewell. He finished with three interceptions, 10 passes defensed and 72 tackles.

Without Grant, the Giants had been using cornerback Terrell Thomas in that role with Aaron Ross taking over on the outside in nickel and dime defenses. Grant, an 11-year veteran, also provides the Giants with experienced depth at safety behind starters Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips. The Giants had been using rookie sixth-round draft pick Tyler Sash as their third safety.

Safety Cary Harris was released to make room for Grant.