You knew New York Giants GM Jerry Reese had to have something else up his sleeve when it came to the interior defensive line, and he addressed that Tuesday afternoon by signing former Arizona Cardinal Gabe Watson. After Rocky Bernard was not re-signed and Barry Cofield joined the Redskins, the team was basically left with Chris Canty and two youngsters--second year player Linval Joseph and rookie Marvin Austin. The 6-foot-3, 333-pound Watson, 27, played his first five seasons with Arizona after being a fourth-round draft pick out of Michigan.
Watson played in seven games last season, and played in all 16 games just once, in 2007. He has started 21 games in his pro career, and ironically his one postseason start was Super Bowl XLIII against Pittsburgh in 2009. Watson was signed one day after the Giants signed tight end Ben Patrick, another former Cardinal. His career statistics include 83 tackles (38 solo), two sacks, and two forced fumbles.
It's unclear if the Giants signed Watson to start or for depth, but that picture should become clearer over the next few days at training camp.