Giants sign LB Connor, Source says TE Myers
By TOM CANAVAN
— Mar. 16 9:15 PM EDT
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants signed a new middle
linebacker and according to a person familiar with the situation agreed
to terms with a new tight end.
The Giants announced Saturday that they had signed former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Dan Connor, while a person familiar with the
situation said that the team also reached an agreement with tight end
Brandon Myers, who had his best season with the Oakland Raiders in 2012.
The agreement with Myers was revealed hours after it was learned the
Giants signed receiver Louis Murphy, said the person who spoke to The
AP on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the
The agreement with Myers fills the Giants' biggest need since Martellus Bennett had left the club to sign with the Bears as a free agent.
Myers caught 79 passes for 806 yards and four touchdowns last season,
including a team-record 14 against Cleveland in December.
Connor can play both inside and outside, but prefers the inside so his
signing means that New York probably won't bring back middle linebacker
Chase Blackburn, who is a free agent.
Connor started five games at middle linebacker for Dallas last season,
making 56 tackles. He also started three games at weakside linebacker.
He played his first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
"Being able stay in the same division is great," said Connor, released
by the Cowboys on Monday. "Talking to the Giants coaches, the (4-3)
system seems to fit me. I wanted to get back into a 4-3 look. It's a
great opportunity. When my agent called me and said they were
interested I was so thrilled. This is a class organization with a lot
of tradition. They're a successful team with a winning tradition and it
was something I wanted to be a part of. I'm really looking forward to
Connor has played in 56 career games with 27 starts. He has 222
tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Connor set a Penn State record with 419 career tackles in 45 games (37
starts). He also had 14 sacks and four interceptions.
Murphy played with Carolina last season and caught 25 passes, including
one for a touchdown. He played his first three seasons with Oakland,
catching 90 passes and six TDs.
With the Giants paper thin at the linebacker position, journeyman Dan Connor has a chance to make a…