Bennett, 6-1, 230, rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown and caught five passes for 25 yards during the 1999 season. A fourth-round draft choice from Northwestern in 1999, he became the first rookie running back to start a season opener since Tiki Barber in 1997. Bennett missed six games in '99 after suffering a strained MCL at New England. He spent the entire 2000 season on injured reserve after undergoing knee surgery.
Bennett was released by the Giants prior to the 2001 season when a persistent hamstring injury prevented him from returning to the field. After his release the Giants told Bennett that they'd be interested in re-signing him at the end of the season - if he could finally get healthy. During the last month Bennett worked out for the Bears, Falcons, Eagles and Dolphins, but said all along that his first choice was to return to the Giants.
"Sean Bennett has had some difficult breaks physically in the past two years," GM Ernie Accorsi said. "But he is gifted with talent and one thing I believe in is that you have to have patience with talent."
The other free agents signed by the Giants were Matt Bryant, PK, Baylor; Jamie Carter, DT, Alabama; Ryan Fisher, DT, Oklahoma; Anthony Green, FB, West Virginia; Dwight Johnson, DE, Baylor; Delvin Joyce, RB, James Madison; Aaron Kernek, RB, Austin; Gabe Lindstrom, P, Toledo; Jody Littleton, LB, Baylor; Damonte McKenzie, DT, Clemson; Sean Riley, WR, Western Michigan; Andy Stensrud, OT, Iowa State; Marshaun Tucker, WR, Oregon; Antonio Warren, RB, Cal Poly SLO.
Warren is definitely worth keeping an eye on once training camp rolls around. He was a kickoff and punt return specialist last season for the CFL's Calgary Stampeders, something the Giants are sorely in need of.
Also, Big Blue Defensive Coordinator John Fox interviewed for the Carolina head-coaching vacancy on Monday, but had yet to hear any feedback from the Panthers.