Giants re-sign safety Deon Grant

Updated: August 17, 2011, 7:10 AM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Deon Grant saw all the additions in Philadelphia and figured it was time to make up his own mind.

So Grant says he spurned opportunities elsewhere and re-signed with the New York Giants for another shot at the Eagles.

"I felt like I started something here last year and we didn't finish it," the veteran safety said. "And then with all the things going on in Philly right now, that is a team that I'd love to face. I'm a competitive guy. With them making all the additions that they made, I want to be on the other side of the ball to go against that."

When asked about the Eagles' hyped "Dream Team," Grant said the only team like that is at the Pro Bowl.

"Dream team is played when it is All-Star time, that is Pro Bowl guys," Grant said. "I have never seen a dream team during the regular season."

The Giants also added another defensive back on Tuesday in former Packers safety Derrick Martin and waived injured wide receiver Samuel Giguere and safety Cary Harris.

While Grant is a role player, his return gives the Giants a much-needed boost. Grant, 32, allows them to utilize the three-safety formation that defensive coordinator Perry Fewell had success with last season when they trotted out Antrel Rolle, Kenny Phillips and Grant on to the field instead of using three linebackers at times.

Last year, Grant arrived in Giants camp hoping to remain a starter with Phillips returning from knee surgery. This year, Grant is ready to contribute any way he can.

He did not elaborate on why it took more than two weeks into camp for him to come back.

"In the back of my mind, I knew I would be back here," Grant said. "I knew this is where I wanted to be. There were a lot of situations, I was turning them down. And the Giants gave me that phone call."

Coach Tom Coughlin would not say whether the team will go to a three-safety look again this season when Fewell wanted to get his best players on the field instead of going with three linebackers. This season, the Giants have Mathias Kiwanuka, Jonathan Goff and Michael Boley at linebacker.

But after watching the 20-10 loss to the Panthers in the preseason opener, Coughlin believed it was time to bring Grant back in.

"It is just a matter of the quality and the numbers projecting," Coughlin said. "We need to get out in front of what the next moves are elsewhere in order to have a player that we probably will need down the road."

First-round pick Prince Amukamara is out until perhaps late September with a broken foot, and backup cornerback Bruce Johnson is out for the season with an Achilles injury.

Also, Grant is popular in the locker room and provides the team with valuable leadership. He will help the team groom sixth-round pick Tyler Sash, a rookie the team is high on.

Grant had 72 tackles and three interceptions last season.

Ohm Youngmisuk covers the Giants for ESPNNewYork.com.

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