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Giants sign linebacker Deone Bucannon

The Giants this afternoon released rookie linebacker Tuzar Skipper to add a player at that position with plenty of experience.

The team’s newest member is Deone Bucannon, a 6-1, 211-pounder who was the 27th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. He played five games for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this season – including against the Giants on Sept. 22 – before his release on Oct. 9.

In six seasons, Bucannon, who played collegiately at Washington State, has played in 75 regular-season games with 56 starts. His career totals include 395 tackles (302 solo); 7.0 sacks; and two interceptions, including one he returned 29 yards for a touchdown in 2015; 12 passes defensed; seven forced fumbles; and five fumble recoveries. Bucannon also had 14 tackles (seven solo) in three postseason games for the Cardinals.

Skipper played six games for the Giants after being acquired off waivers from Pittsburgh on Sept. 9. He assisted on two tackles, including a half-sack, and one special teams tackle.

Photos from the career of new Giants linebacker Deone Bucannon.

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