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NFL free agency 2016: Jasper Brinkley will return to Giants, per report

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The free agent middle linebacker will be back with Big Blue this season.

Jasper Brinkley
Jasper Brinkley
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Free-agent middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley will return to the New York Giants on a one-year contract, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Brinkley, 30, will share inside linebacking duties with Keenan Robinson, who was signed by the Giants during the first wave of free agency. Per Rapoport, Brinkley has agreed to a one-year deal.

In 15 games and nine starts for the Giants, Brinkley made 67 tackles -- good for third-most on the team -- and forced four fumbles. Brinkley quickly became one of the vocal leaders for the Giants on the defensive end, addressing the team before a Week 13 contest against the New York Jets, and made an immediate impact during his first season with New York.

Pro Football Focus graded Brinkley as the No. 36 linebacker in the NFL out of 97 qualifying players. Brinkley has been a force against the run during his career but has struggled in pass coverage. He's expected to serve as insurance on the inside behind Robinson, according to NJ Advance Media's Jordan Raanan.

What are your thoughts on bringing back Brinkley, Giants fans?