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Giants Free Agency: KR/WR Dwayne Harris signs with New York

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Dwayne Harris
Dwayne Harris
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Perhaps the New York Giants don't want to use Odell Beckham Jr. as a punt returner after all. The Giants have signed free agent Dwayne Harris, a wide receiver who doubled as an explosive kickoff and punt returner with the NFC East rival Dallas Cowboys the past four seasons.

Harris quickly confirmed the news via his own Twitter account:

ESPN's Josina Anderson is reporting that Harris' deal with the Giants will be for five years and $17.5 million. Newsday's Kim Martin says the deal includes $7.1 million guaranteed.

Harris, 28 next season, caught only seven passes for the Cowboys in 2014. He has 33 career receptions.

While the Giants have admittedly wanted to protect themselves at wide receiver in the event Victor Cruz does not return at 100 percent from his torn patellas tendon, Harris' biggest impact could come in the return game.

Harris has averaged 11.1 yards on 87 punt returns in four seasons, and 26.5 yards on 77 kickoff returns.

The Giants signed Quintin Demps to return kickoffs a year ago, but he flopped in the role. Trindon Holliday, signed to return punts, did not even make the season-opening roster.

Your thoughts, Giants fans?