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Giants sign LB Austin Calitro, waive LB Justin Hilliard


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today continued their early training camp roster tweaking with an exchange of linebackers.

They signed Austin Calitro, who played for a different team in each of the previous four seasons and released Justin Hilliard.

Calitro, 6-0 and 240 pounds, has played in 47 regular-season games with nine starts for, in order, Seattle, Jacksonville, Denver and Cincinnati. He also played one postseason game for the Seahawks, with whom he signed as a rookie free agent in 2018. Calitro was cut by the Bengals in February after playing five games in the 2021 season.

His career totals include 81 tackles (58 solo), 1.5 sacks, seven tackles for loss and two passes defensed. Calitro's most productive season was as a rookie in 2018, when he played in all 16 games with five starts and recorded a career-high 41 tackles (28 solo) and a half-sack.

Hilliard joined the Giants last Sept. 1, one day after his release by the San Francisco 49ers. As a rookie, he played in two games – five special teams snaps at New Orleans on Oct. 3 and 10 at Dallas a week later – but had no tackles. He was placed on injured reserve with an Achilles tendon injury on Oct. 15.

Hilliard recently received a two-game suspension for violating the NFL Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances.

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