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NFL free agency: Giants sign FB Cullen Gillaspia

The former Texan has been a special teamer for the past two seaons

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The New York Giants have announced the signing of former Houston Texans fullback and special teamer Cullen Gillaspia.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Gillaspia was waived from the Texans last Tuesday following a failed physical. He missed the final 7 games of the 2020 seasons with a back injury that put him on the Injured Reserve.

Gillaspia played 390 special teams snaps over two seasons in Houston, but was only on the field for 20 offensive plays.

A walk-on linebacker at Texas A&M, Gillaspia moved to fullback as a senior and was a 2019 seventh-round draft pick by the Texans.

Gillaspia would appear to be competition for Elijhaa Penny, who has been the Giants fullback since early in the 2018 season. Penny is on the final year of a two-year deal. He carries a $990,000 base salary for 2021 and would carry no dead money if the Giants were to cut him.

Gillaspia also appears to be a bit of a personality: