Brinkley, who is entering his eighth NFL season and second with the Giants, was an unrestricted free agent.
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“This is where I wanted to be,” Brinkley said. “I had a good season last year. Just given the opportunities I had, and given the guys that are here and the mentality the coaches have, there’s definitely a winning mentality here, and I want to be a part of that.”
Brinkley signed with the Giants last Sept. 9, two days after he was released by the Cowboys, and just four days before the season opener in Dallas.
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“I came here week one and my head was spinning,” Brinkley said. “There was smoke coming out of my ears. I leaned on (Jon) Beason and
“Once you’re used to being in the starting lineup, being in the situation I was in was very different,” Brinkley said.
Brinkley started for the first time on Nov. 1 at New Orleans. Once he entered the lineup, starting each of the last nine games at middle linebacker. Brinkley had a season-high 12 tackles (nine solo) vs. New England, and nine total tackles twice. At season’s end he had 66 tackles (48 solo), trailing only
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“I was tested last year, and being patient paid off for me in the end,” Brinkley said. “When you’re number’s called, you have to be able to go out there and perform, and I feel I did that.”
Count Brinkley among those excited about the Giants’ recent defensive acquisitions of end
“I can see we made great strides this offseason,” Brinkley said. “We brought some top-tier quality players in here on the defensive side of the ball. That’s going to take us a long way.
I’m excited to get back out on the green grass with those guys.”
The Giants also signed linebacker
“There’s always competition,” Brinkley said. “Nothing has ever been given to me. I have to earn it. Keenan is going to give great competition.”