Giants Take Safe Route

Big Blue signed yet another defensive player on Wednesday. And this under-the-radar signing is one that the club is pretty excited about. New York's decision to ink the second most C.C. in New York – former Texans safety Brown, not Yankees pitcher Sabathia – could very well signal the end of James Butler's career with Big Blue.

Butler remains an unrestricted free agent as the Giants have likely filled his roster spot.

The newest Giant in town is C.C. Brown, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Houston Texans.

Brown, 6-0 and 208 pounds, has played in 50 career games with 47 starts. He was limited to three games in 2008 because of a fractured forearm. Brown, who has played both strong and free safety, has 275 tackles (202 solo), three interceptions, 16 passes defensed, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one sack.

The 26-year-old Brown is the fourth defensive free agent signed by the Giants this offseason, joining linebacker Michael Boley and linemen Chris Canty and Rocky Bernard.

"C.C. is a young veteran safety," general manager Jerry Reese said. "He is a physical player who has played a lot of football in this league in his short career. We expect him to come in and create great competition at this position and strengthen it as well."

"Brown is a physical player who will come down to the line of scrimmage," Coach Tom Coughlin said. "He has made the calls in the secondary and can get people lined up. With the situation that we have with James Butler (who is a free agent), there is a need to go ahead and create the competitiveness that is necessary for everyone to reach their full potential. I think adding C.C. Brown is bringing us closer to that."

In Brown's four years in Houston, the Texans won a total of 24 games and were a franchise-best 8-8 each of the last two seasons. His priority upon becoming a free agent was to join a winning team. In the previous two seasons, the Giants won a Super Bowl, an NFC East title and 22 regular season games.

"I'm happy to be with this team," Brown said. "It's a great opportunity for me to come here and get a chance to play in the playoffs. One of my main objectives was to get to a winning team and be part of a winning environment."

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