It's official: McDougle is a Giant

August, 31, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

As we predicted Saturday, the New York Giants wasted no time signing Eagles castoff Jerome McDougle to a one-year, $1 million contract. McDougle, the 15th overall pick in 2003, had been a huge disappointment for Philadelphia.

 
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 The Giants hope Jerome McDougle can give them some depth along the defensive line.

But he's coming off the best training camp of his career, and the Eagles were actually banged up at the defensive end position. Oh, and one of the healthy defensive ends is Darren Howard, who is capable of disappearing for long periods of time -- on the field.

McDougle had 2.5 sacks in the preseason and didn't miss any practice due to injury. The Eagles, apparently, tried to secure a draft pick for McDougle, but didn't receive any interest.

This was a no-brainer decision for the Giants, which the Eagles had to know. Former Eagles assistant Steve Spagnuolo is now the defensive coordinator for the Giants and he's worked with McDougle in the past. In the absence of Osi Umenyiora, the Giants wanted to land a versatile player.

McDougle (6-foot-2, 264 pounds) will play mostly at defensive end, but he can also move inside on passing downs. This is the perfect signing for Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese. They love players who have something to prove -- especially if that player wants to prove it to a team they play twice.

"He's a defensive end and he's a pass rusher," Coughlin said. "He can fit in the rotation, he can be a part of any third-down package and any second-and-long package we have. And he gives us some flexibility and versatility [inside and outside] with a player. We're constantly trying to upgrade and obviously in this situation, some attention had to be spent on the defensive end spot. We think this is going to be a real good investment for us."

The Eagles finally decided to cut their losses with McDougle. We'll see if they did it a year too early.

Here's Les Bowen's take in the Daily News' Eagletarian blog. And for the record, the New York Daily News broke this story.

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