The New York Giants have cast doubt over Chase Blackburn’s future with the franchise following the signing of former Dallas Cowboys linebacker, Dan Connor, as a free agent, after his release.
The 27-year old started eight games for the Cowboys last season, making 56 tackles for Rob Ryan’s defense, but suffering from limited playing time in Dallas’ star-studded defensive unit.
Connor’s time with the Cowboys was brought to an end as the Cowboys looked to free up room in their salary cap, but the linebacker didn’t have to wait long before finding new employment with another NFL team.
Connor, who spent four years with the Carolina Panthers, will provide competition for places at middle linebacker, where he played five games for Dallas last season, but the former third round draft pick is also able to play at weakside.
That versatility will have been another reason behind the Giants’ decision to bring in Connor, but it looks as though the new man will be competing with Mark Herzlich for that starting position when the new season begins.
Connor revealed to fans betting NFL that he did not have to think long about accepting the offer from New York when it arrived, admitting the Giants’ 4-3 system was one he felt he could slip into without any problems.
“Talking to the Giants coaches, the (4-3) system seems to fit me. I wanted to get back into a 4-3 look. It’s a great opportunity.
This is a class organization with a lot of tradition. They’re a successful team with a winning tradition and it was something I wanted to be a part of. I’m really looking forward to it,” admitted Connor.
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