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Barry Cofield signing: DT rejoining Giants, Brandon Meriweather released

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Giants swap one veteran for another.

Barry Cofield
Barry Cofield
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Veteran defensive tackle Barry Cofield is returning to the New York Giants and safety Brandon Meriweather is being released. The Giants officially announced the release of Meriweather this afternoon. The Giants made Cofield's return official on Thursday.

Cofield , 31, was a fourth-round pick by the Giants in 2006. He spent five seasons with New York, then signed with the Washington Redskins as a free agent in 2011. He played there for four seasons. He has not played this season, but recently worked out for the Giants and several other teams.

Starting defensive tackle Markus Kuhn left Monday's game with a knee injury. He did not practice Wednesday, leaving the Giants thin at defensive tackle.

Meriweather, a nine-year veteran, was signed in training camp when the Giants were hit by a rash of injuries at the safety spot. He started 11 games, but has missed the last two with a knee injury.

The Giants now have only three safeties -- Landon Collins, Craig Dahl and Cooper Taylor -- on the roster. Taylor, a third-year player who was released and re-signed earlier in the season, has been gaining the trust of the coaching staff. He played 12 snaps two weeks ago against the New York Jets and 18 Monday against the Miami Dolphins.