Brandon Short Returns to Giants

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Looking to improve their linebacker depth, the Giants today signed Brandon Short, who spent the first four years of his career with the team before spending the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

"The Giants have always been a class organization and I'm happy to be back and be a part of it," Short said. "I have great memories of my time here. There's no place in the world like New York as far as the fans, as far as the media, as far as everything is concerned. There's an enormous amount of attention on you."

Short, 6-3 and 253 pounds, was a fourth-round draft choice of the Giants in 2000, when he was a reserve on the Giants' NFC Championship team. He was a starter in each of the next three seasons before joining the Panthers as a free agent prior to the 2004 season. In two years in Carolina he played in 32 games with 17 starts.

He has played in 91 career regular season games with 61 starts and registered 350 tackles (229 solo), 7.5 sacks, 10 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions. He has also played in seven postseason games with three starts and posted an additional 22 tackles (17 solo). Short has played in 91 consecutive games (84 regular season, seven postseason). He has not missed a game since Nov. 26, 2000, the last of five in a row he missed with an ankle injury his rookie season.

"Brandon has played on winning teams his whole career, including with the New York Giants," general manager Ernie Accorsi said. "He's a winner and a great teammate and it's terrific to have him back."

In 2005, Short started 15 of 16 regular season games and two of three postseason games at strongside linebacker for the NFC finalist Panthers. In the two games he didn't start – vs. the Jets on Nov. 13 and the NFC Wild Card Game against the Giants – Carolina opened the game with five defensive backs.

Short finished the season with 69 tackles (39 solo), a half-sack and a pass defensed. He added 11 tackles (seven solo) and a pass defensed in the postseason, including four tackles against the Giants and six at Seattle in the NFC Championship Game.

Short was released by the Panthers on March 2.

"To be honest, it caught me off-guard," Short said. "It was an unexpected move from my end. But that's the nature of this business. You never know where you're going to be from year-to-year or week-to-week. But there are no hard feelings. I understand it was a business decision. And coming here is a business decision for me."

The Giants' linebacker corps was hit hard by injuries last season. Four backers ended up on injured reserve: Barrett Green, Carlos Emmons, Chase Blackburn and late-season acquisition Roman Phifer. Antonio Pierce, the star of the group, missed the final four games with an ankle injury, and Reggie Torbor missed the last two with a hamstring pull. When the Giants faced Short's Panthers in the NFC Wild Card Game, they fielded an eclectic crew of recent additions.

"I know that's part of the reason I'm here now, because there's a need at the position," Short said. "Hopefully, there is an opportunity for me there. I considered a few other teams, but there wasn't a better fit for me. I know a lot of the people, like the trainers. I'm not that familiar with a lot of the coaching staff. But as far as the organization is concerned and being familiar with my surroundings, this is home.

"I never really left this area. I would come and work out in the offseason in New Jersey, and I have a place in the city."

Short was the 105th overall selection of the 2000 NFL Draft. As a rookie, he played in 11 regular season games and all three postseason games, primarily on special teams. "My fondest memory of being with the Giants is my rookie year, because we went to the Super Bowl," Short said. The following year he started all 16 games at strongside linebacker and finished season with 59 tackles (43 solo), one sack, four passes defensed, an interception and a fumble recovery.

In 2002, Short had a career-high 96 tackles (62 solo) and was fourth on the Giants with three sacks for 23 yards. He also totaled three passes defensed, an interception and a fumble recovery. Short also had a team-high 10 tackles (nine solo) and a pass defensed in the NFC Wild Card Game at San Francisco.

Short's final season with the Giants was 2003, when he started 13 of 16 games and had 87 tackles (58 solo), three sacks, two passed defensed and two forced fumbles.

Short was a four-year starter at Penn State, where he was a first-team All-America selection as a senior in 1999 by The Sporting News, Football News, the Associated Press, Walter Camp and the Football Writers Association, as well as a consensus All-Big 10 Conference 1st-team pick. The defensive captain, Short led the team with 103 tackles (62 solo).

Brandon Darnell Short was born on July 11, 1977.

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