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Giants' roster moves: Stevie Brown cut, Craig Dahl claimed

One former Giant in, one former Giant is out.

Craig Dahl
Craig Dahl
Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The reunion of Stevie Brown with the New York Giants did not last long. Brown has been cut to make room for another former Giant safety, Craig Dahl.

Dahl, now 30, made the Giants' roster an an undrafted free agent in 2007. That, coincidentally, was the year that current Giants' defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo became Giants' defensive coordinator for the first time.

Dahl missed 2008 with an injury and then spent four seasons with the St. Louis Rams, three of those while Spagnuolo was head coach of the Rams. Dahl has 43 NFL starts in 102 games, 24 of those coming while playing for Spagnuolo. Dahl played both free and strong safety for Spagnuolo.

Dahl spent the last two seasons as a backup with the San Francisco 49ers.

David Fucillo of SB Nation's 49ers web site, Niners Nation, weighed on with some thoughts on Dahl:

"He's a strong special teams performer. He can play safety, but he's not particularly good at it. I suppose he's adequate for spot duty on occasion for injuries, but you definitely don't want him starting.

"Rams fans were happy when the 49ers signed him. Now 49ers fans are happy the Giants signed him."

It is interesting that the two moves the Giants have made in the secondary in recent days are to bring in players with whom Spagnuolo is familiar. The other, of course, is former Baltimore Ravens cornerback Asa Jackson.

As for Brown, the only thing you can surmise is that the Giants did not like what they saw.

The Giants have been churning through safeties. They have placed Mykkele Thompson, Bennett Jackson and Nat Berhe on injured reserve. They have looked at veterans Brown and Jeromy Miles, then released both. They also signed Brandon Meriweather, who is still with the team.