Doing the Charlton

The Giants bolstered their depleted secondary by signing CB Ike Charlton. To make room on the roster, New York placed CB Will Peterson on season-ending injured reserve. Peterson has not played since Oct. 12 at New England because of a stress fracture in his lower back. <BR><BR>

"The New York Football Giants! What's more exciting than that?" Charlton said. "I'm excited and glad to be here. I worked out for them earlier in the season and did pretty good, but I was still hurt (turf toe). I was in Cleveland the other day and had just gotten through working out there. My agent called and said that the Giants wanted me to come in.

"I'm healthy, I'm ready to go."

Charlton has played 46 games in the NFL, with one start. A second-round draft choice by Seattle in 2000, he played 16 games that year and 15 games in 2001, when he made his first career start at Giants Stadium.

"It's been a tough road being out there on that wire," Charlton said. "A person of my caliber; I've been playing and I've been playing a lot." On June 21, 2002, he was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a conditional seventh-round draft choice. Charlton played 15 games for the Jaguars last season. He was in their training camp this year before being waived on Aug. 30. He said he was released because of his turf toe injury.

In three NFL seasons, Charlton has 64 tackles (58 solos), 19 special teams tackles, two interceptions (both with Seattle in 2001), two sacks and four forced fumbles. He had a career-high 27 tackles (25 solo) with the Seahawks in 2001. Last year, he returned 10 kickoffs for the Jaguars, averaging 23.6 yards, with a long of 32. Charlton made himself available for the NFL Draft after his junior season at Virginia Tech and was selected by the Seahawks in the second round (52nd overall). He was a two-year starter at cornerback in college and was named a first-team All-America after his junior season.

"I'm a quick learner, so once I pick up the system, I'll be ready to go," Charlton said. "I thank this organization for giving me an opportunity and I promise them they won't be sad about it."


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