The New York Giants will sign 32-year-old Brian Williams, a nine-year veteran, to bolster their depleted crew of cornerbacks. The news was first reported by Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger, and has since been confirmed by several other beat writers.
Williams spent the last two seasons as a reserve with the Atlanta Falcons, appearing in all 16 games. Only once in nine-year career has Williams played in fewer than 14 games. That was in 2009. Williams has played for Minnesota, Jacksonville and Atlanta and has 19 career interceptions.
Pro Football Focus rated Williams -3.7 in 2010. PFF shows that Williams was thrown at 22 times, with 18 passes completed (81.8 percent).
The Giants reportedly worked out four cornerbacks today at the Timex Performance Center. Veterans D're Bly and Lito Sheppard were reportedly included in the group, but Williams was the choice. Obviously, this is not a perfect scenario but Williams is a veteran player who knows what he is doing and he should be able to pick up Perry Fewell's defense quickly enough to help early in the season.