Big Blue signs another linebacker

The Giants continued to bolster their defense when they signed linebacker Barrett Green, the third defensive player, fourth overall, they have signed in the last four days. <BR><BR>

Green, a member of the Detroit Lions the previous four years, is a weakside linebacker. The Giants have previously added strongside linebacker Carlos Emmons from Philadelphia and defensive tackle Fred Robbins from Minnesota, as well as center Shaun O'Hara from Cleveland.

Green, 6-0, 225 pounds, started all 16 games last season for the Lions and was their third-leading tackler with a career-high 117 (71 solo). He also had three sacks (one more than he had in his first three seasons combined), two fumble recoveries and a pass defensed.

In a season-ending victory over St. Louis, Green had five solo tackles, combined with Otis Smith for a sack of Marc Bulger, and recovered a fumble that led to a Detroit touchdown. He had 11 tackles against both Carolina (four solo) and Minnesota (10 solo, including a sack of Daunte Culpepper). Green scooped up a Jerry Rice fumble against Oakland on Nov. 2 and returned it 38 yards to the Raiders' 12-yard line to set up a Lions touchdown.

Despite spending his first four seasons in Detroit, Green has Giants blue in his blood. His father, Joe Green, was a strong safety for the Giants in 1970 and '71.

"He said it was the best time of his life," said Barrett Green, who started 40 of the 54 games in which he played in his first four seasons.

The younger Green is excited about joining the Giants and eager to play for new coach Tom Coughlin.

"Coach Coughlin is one of the main reasons I decided to play for the Giants," Green said. "He is going to install a program that emphasizes discipline and hard work, and that's what you need to be successful in the National Football League."

Green is also energized about the prospect of playing for new defensive coordinator Tim Lewis.

"I'm going to be very active and very aggressive at the weakside linebacker spot," Green said. "They're going to blitz me a lot. That's how I like to play. They're going to give me a lot to do."

Green joined the NFL as the Lions' second-round draft choice in 2000, the 50th overall pick. As a rookie he played in nine games and made 10 special teams tackles. The following season, he played in 14 games, with 10 starts at weakside linebacker. Green finished second on the team with 115 tackles, including 58 solo. He missed the last two games of the season with a back injury. In 2002, he started 14 of 15 games in which he played and was credited with 116 tackles (67 solo). He had a career-high 13 tackles at Arizona, 12 against the Jets and 11 versus Tampa Bay.

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