As a result, the Giants kept their LB corps intact, while Phifer was still left looking for work. Ironically, he signed with the Patriots on Aug. 3 and participated in the joint practices with the Giants. Phifer, who looked good in the practices, posted one tackle in the preseason match-up.
Giants were 'thisclose' with Phifer
However, when Armstead decided to come to camp, GM Ernie Accorsi checked with Jim Fassel to see if the head coach was still interested in the 11th-year veteran. Fassel, showing full confidence in Short, told Accorsi not to bother signing Phifer.
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