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Giants sign another former Eagle defensive tackle, Mike Patterson

Philadelphia Eagles tackle Mike Patterson celebrates after sacking

Philadelphia Eagles tackle Mike Patterson celebrates after sacking Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the second half. (Nov. 26, 2012) Credit: AP

The two Giants-Eagles games in 2013 will be a little more interesting, particularly in the trenches. The Giants have agreed to terms with Mike Patterson, a second defensive tackle who was cast off from their rivals to the immediate south. Earlier in free agency they signed Cullen Jenkins.

The two should provide help toward Tom Coughlin's offseason mandate to improve the run defense. Those two along with new middle linebacker Dan Connor offer a new look for the Giants defense up the middle. Patterson probably won't be a starter but will give the Giants more depth at a position that was very thin last season.

"It's good to be [reunited with Jenkins]," Patterson said. "He's a good player and I enjoy his company. It's going to be great."

Patterson's career nearly ended in 2011 when he suffered a seizure in training camp. He underwent surgery to repair an arteriovenous malformation in his brain the next offseason. He played in only five games last year.

Before his seizure, though, Patterson was a solid starter for most of his seven seasons with the Eagles.

Notes & quotes: WR Domenik Hixon signed a one-year contract with the Panthers Wednesday. The Giants showed little interest in bringing Hixon back, but former Giants personnel director Dave Gettleman (now the Panthers' GM) brought him to Carolina. He's the second former Giant to sign with the Panthers this offseason, following LB Chase Blackburn, who inked a two-year deal last week . . . The Giants are hosting free agent WR/PR Julian Edelman for a visit. Most Giants fans will remember Edelman as the receiver for the Patriots who converted to defensive back in the playoffs for the 2011 season, including Super Bowl XLVI.

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