Giants sign DE McDougle

The New York Giants have signed defensive end Jerome McDougle, who was released by the Eagles on Saturday. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract.

“I feel good to be here,” McDougle said, “staying in the division, so not really much of a difference as far as guys you are going against, and I just feel good to be here, to be wanted, and I am just looking forward to doing some good things on this defense. I like the defensive scheme, it is sort of the same kinds of things that I came from -– a lot of movement -– and we get after it.”

McDougle, 29, was selected 15th overall in 2003, but has been hampered by injuries during his career. He missed the entire 2007 season after injuring his right triceps in preseason. Coach Tom Coulghlin noted that McDougle had been impressive in preseason and that he hasn’t missed any practice.

The Giants had a need at defensive end following the retirement of Michael Strahan and a season-ending injury to Osi Umenyiora.

“He is a defensive end and he is a pass-rusher and he can fit in a rotation and can be a part of any third down package or second-and-long package that we have,” Coughlin said. “He gives us some flexibility and again versatility with a player. We are constantly trying to upgrade and obviously in this situation some attention had to be spent on the defensive end spot so we think that this is going to be a real good investment for us.”

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