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Giants sign veteran defensive tackle Danny Shelton

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants have added to their stable of defensive linemen by signing tackle Danny Shelton, who was the 12th overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Shelton, 6-2 and 345 pounds, has played in 87 regular-season games with 72 starts in six seasons for Cleveland, New England and Detroit. He also played in three postseason games – starting two – for the Patriots, including their Super Bowl LIII victory against the Rams. Joe Judge was New England's special teams coordinator – and the wide receivers coach in 2019 - when Shelton played there.

Shelton's career totals include 247 tackles (126 solo), 16 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 18 quarterback hits and one forced fumble. In the playoffs, he has nine tackles (seven solo), including one for loss.

The Giants have signed veteran defensive tackle Danny Shelton, a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.

In 2020, Shelton started all 12 games in which he played for the Lions. He collected 37 tackles (15 solo), 1.0 sack, 2 tackles for loss and four quarterback hits.

The 27-year-old Shelton missed four games while on injured reserve with a knee injury and returned for the season finale against Minnesota. He injured his triceps against the Vikings. The 27-year-old Shelton was released by the Lions on March 16.

Shelton played his first three NFL seasons in Cleveland, which selected him in the opening round of the 2015 NFL Draft, from the University of Washington. He started all but one of the 46 games he played for the Browns. On March 14, 2018, the Patriots acquired Shelton and a fifth-round choice from the Browns in exchange for a 2018 third-round pick.

Shelton joins a Giants defensive line that includes Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Austin Johnson, B.J. Hill and recent addition Ifeadi Odenigbo. He is the third member of the 2020 Lions to sign with the Giants, joining wide receiver Kenny Golladay and linebacker Reggie Ragland.


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