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Giants' roster moves: Jasper Brinkley signed, Asa Jackson waived, Louis Nix flunks physical

The Groster churn continues for the Giants.

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UPDATE 5:20 p.m. ET: The Giants have made the waiving of cornerback Asa Jackson and defensive tackle Louis Nix III (failed physical) official. Both players were awarded to the Giants on waivers just two days ago


UPDATE 4:54 p.m. ET: Well, Louis Nix III apparently won't be a Giant. Maybe dumping Kenrick Ellis for him wasn't such a good idea.

With mere days until the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants have signed former Cowboys linebacker Jasper Brinkley. The Cowboys cut Brinkley yMonday to make room for a waiver claim, despite signing him to a two-year contract this past off-season. He will retain a good deal of that money -- $2 million in fact -- while earning additional salary from the Giants.

It's likely that the team have signed Brinkley as depth for their middle-linebacker spot after releasing Jameel McClain in the final round of roster cuts this Saturday. It's also quite possible that the team are using Brinkley to gain additional information on their upcoming opponent. The reality is probably some combination of both.

Brinkley is a six-year veteran, though he did miss all of 2011 with a hip injury, who spent the majority of his career with the Minnesota Vikings with a lone year in 2013 playing for the Arizona Cardinals. He started 11 games for the Vikings last season, but it's important to note that he did play in every game.

It's interesting that he was released by the Cowboys because he's coming off arguably his best year as a pro linebacker. His Pro Football Focus grade never reached the "red zone" of -1.0 for the entire season, and his 54 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble is nothing to be scoffed at.

If the Cowboys didn't want him, there's likely a reason. We don't know what that may be just yet, but for now, it looks like the Giants picked up a cost-effective depth player who could provide some valuable knowledge come Sunday.

UPDATE 21:39:

It appears as though Asa Jackson, a cornerback claimed from the Baltimore Ravens this week, was released to make room for Brinkley.