The Giants today announced they have signed safety Chris Horton, who spent three seasons with the Washington Redskins but did not play in 2011.
Horton, 6-1 and 215 pounds, played for the Redskins from 2008-10, though his final two seasons were cut short by injuries. He started 15 of the 29 games in which he played and was credited with 122 tackles (91 solo) and had three interceptions, five passes defensed and a sack.
Washington selected the UCLA product on the seventh round of the 2008 draft, the 249th overall selection. His finest season was his rookie year, when he played in 14 games with 10 starts and led the team with all three of his career interceptions. Horton also registered 81 tackles (51 solo), including a sack.
Horton was named the NFC Defensive Rookie of the Month for September 2008, when he had 10 tackles, three interceptions, three passes defensed, a fumble recovery and three special teams tackles in three games. He had two interceptions and a fumble recovery in his first start (vs. New Orleans on Sept. 14), the first player to post that statistical combination in his starting debut since Liffort Hobley on Oct. 11, 1987.
In 2009, Horton played in eight games with five starts and had 36 tackles (27 solo) and a fumble recovery. He suffered a toe injury at Atlanta on Nov. 8 and was placed on injured reserve three days later.
Horton played in seven games without a start in 2010. He had nine tackles (six solo) before sustaining an ankle injury against Detroit on Oct. 31. Horton was placed on I.R. the following week. The Redskins released him on Sept. 3, 2011.
At UCLA, Horton played in 41 games with 28 starts and recorded 238 tackles (160 solo), four interceptions, three sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Horton earned three varsity letters at De La Salle High School in New Orleans, where he was also on the track team. He was born on Dec. 29, 1984 in New Orleans.