Coughlin Gets his Man

The Giants continued upgrading their roster on Thursday as the club signed veteran linebacker Danny Clark to bolster the defense.

Clark, who has played for Jacksonville, Oakland, New Orleans and Houston, signed on with Big Blue. A 6-2, 245-pounder, Clark is entering his ninth NFL season.

"Danny Clark is a player I drafted a few years ago in Jacksonville," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "We're bringing him in as an outside linebacker. He is a very physical, very versatile player. Over the years, he has been a very good special teams player. Clark is a veteran guy with an outstanding work ethic. He will fit in well with our players in the locker room. He will have an opportunity to compete for a position."

"He is a veteran linebacker who can play all three spots," general manager Jerry Reese said. "He has been an outstanding special teams player. He is going to create competition in both areas, special teams and at linebacker. He fits the New York Giant mold."

Clark has played in 122 games with 66 starts. He played in all 16 games six times in his first eight seasons and started every game twice – with the 2002 Jaguars and the 2004 Raiders. Clark has 576 tackles (384 solo), 5.0 sacks, two interceptions, 16 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

"I have a passion for all three linebacker spots," Clark said. "I am a middle linebacker by trade and I am darn good at outside linebacker as well. I think when you go downhill my emphasis is on making big hits and disconnecting the ball from the ballcarrier. It doesn't matter where you line up as long as you go and make plays doing it." Somewhat surprising is the fact that Clark is the first former Jaguar that played under Coughlin to join the Giants in Coughlin's four-plus years at the helm. Clark said he is just excited to be a member of the defending champs.

"It is an honor," Clark said. "It is tough to repeat, but I think it is definitely a huge possibility with the guys they have in that locker room and the coaching staff and ultimately the organization. This is a storied organization that in the past has won several championships and it is an honor for me to put on the helmet. I just want to be a part of this defense that is just tearing people apart. I want to be able to help get us to the fourth Super Bowl title."


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