New York Giants Sign LB Dan Connor, Agree to Terms With TE Brandon Myers and WR Louis Murphy: The Giants have officially signed 27-year old LB Dan Connor (recently waived by Dallas Cowboys). Though not officially announced, the team also agreed to terms with 27-year old TE Brandon Myers (unrestricted free agent from Oakland Raiders) and 25-year old WR Louis Murphy (unrestricted free agent from Carolina Panthers). The deals for Connor and Murphy are reportedly 1-year contracts.
The Daily News is reporting that Myers was at the top of the Giants’ wish list to replace the recently departed TE Martellus Bennett.
As for Connor, he joins the Giants after having spent one season in Dallas and four seasons in Carolina.
“Being able to stay in the same division is great,” said Connor. “There are so many rivalries. It’s a very competitive division to play in. I’m very excited to stay in it. (Giants-Cowboys) is a big-time rivalry. It runs deep. There are a couple of them in the NFC East. I know it’s a competitive one with definitive hatred from team to team, and you don’t see that much in the NFL. But it’s alive in this division.”
Connor played in the 3-4 defense with the Cowboys, but also played in the 4-3 defense with the Carolina Panthers.
“I’ve had a lot of different experiences,” Connor said. “I’ve been in a 4-3, I’ve been in a 3-4 before. I’ve played under four different coordinators in my five years. I’ve had a lot of opportunities to play in different systems. 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 it.”
“With a new system you have to learn all the verbiage and pick it up and be comfortable with it as quickly as possible,” said Connor. “Having experience in doing that starting from scratch, having done that in the past I think will help me here pick things up quickly and feel comfortable and contribute to the team.”
“I think (middle linebacker is my best) position,” Connor said. “That’s the position where I’m comfortable. I played it in college, I was in the middle of a 4-3 in Carolina. So I feel most comfortable in the middle. But I do have some experience on the outside.”
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