Chris Canty, the defensive end from UVa and the Dallas Cowboys who was the Redskins’ next free agent target if they hadn’t landed Albert Haynesworth on Friday, just signed with the NFC East rival New York Giants.
“This is an outstanding ‘get’ for the New York Giants,” coach Tom Coughlin said on Giants.com. “Chris is an outstanding football player. I always like the idea of getting a player who has competed within the division.”
Canty, who lived in the Bronx until he was 11, played eight regular season games against the Giants. His 24 tackles (17 solo) and three sacks are his most against any opponent.
New York had earlier added linebacker Michael Boley from Atlanta and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard from Seattle.
The rest of the division reshaped their defenses as well:
- Dallas on Saturday signed former Falcons linebacker Keith Brooking and traded cornerback Anthony Henry to Detroit for quarterback Jon Kitna
- Philadelphia lost longtime star safety Brian Dawkins to Denver and safety Sean Considine to Jacksonville.