Giants exchange tight ends

The New York Giants signed unrestricted free agent tight end Boo Williams to a one-year contract, adding a large downfield target to back up starter Jeremy Shockey. Williams, 26, is a 6-foot-4, 262-pounder who played for the New Orleans Saints for five seasons before being released in February after missing all of last season with a knee injury.

Williams, who caught 107 career passes in New Orleans for 1,143 yards and 12 touchdowns, injured his right knee against the Baltimore Ravens in a preseason game last August.

Contrary to several published reports, Williams didn't tear his anterior cruciate ligament and didn't require surgery. He strained his ACL and suffered a slight tear of his medial collateral ligament, according to an NFL source.

The source said that Williams passed his exit physical with New Orleans and was given a clean bill of health from the Giants.

The former Arkansas wide receiver has played in 59 games with 22 starts, registering 74 receptions and seven touchdowns in the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

Meanwhile, the Giants announced the release of tight end Matt Kranchick, who played in two games for New York last season after being signed off the Pittsburgh Steelers' practice squad.

Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for Ravens Insider and the Carroll County Times in Westminster, MD.

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