Maurice Canady with the Jets in 2019.

Maurice Canady with the Jets in 2019. Credit: Jim McIsaac

It was a long time coming and a monthslong process, but parting ways with James Bradberry was the easy part for the Giants. Replacing him will be much more difficult. On Wednesday the Giants added two more players who may be able to help in that regard.

Maurice Canady and Khalil Dorsey, two cornerbacks who have played under new Giants defensive coordinator Wink Martindale in Baltimore, were among four veteran defensive players signed by the Giants.

“We'll work with the guys we have,” coach Brian Daboll said last week of filling the void left by Bradberry, who was released to create over $10 million in salary cap space and signed a one-year deal reportedly worth $10 million with the division rival Eagles on Wednesday. “We're going to try to add and at times replace guys if other guys are better. It’s really a day-to-day process.”

The Giants also signed defensive end Jalyn Holmes and safety Henry Black.

Canady, who turns 28 this week, was a sixth-round pick by the Ravens in 2016 whose career has been hampered by injuries. Besides the Ravens he has also played for the Jets and, after opting out of the 2020 season because of COVID-19, with the Cowboys last season. Used mostly on special teams, Canady has started only four games with one career interception and six passes defended.

Dorsey, 24, was an undrafted free agent signed by the Ravens in 2020. He began that season on the practice squad and was elevated for six games, used mostly on special teams, before a shoulder injury ended his year. He reinjured the shoulder in training camp last season and spent the entire year on injured reserve.

Canady and Dorsey will compete with Aaron Robinson, Darnay Holmes, Rodarius Williams and rookie draft pick Cor'Dale Flott for the starting cornerback spot opposite Adoree’ Jackson left vacant by Bradberry’s release.

Jalyn Holmes spent the 2021 season with the Saints after playing his first three seasons for the Vikings, where new Giants defensive line coach Andre Patterson was his position coach.  A fourth-round pick, he has played in 33 regular-season games with 10 starts, logging 61 tackles (30 solo), 1.0 sack and six tackles for loss. Black played in 25 regular-season games and three postseason games the last two seasons with the Packers.

To make room for the additions the Giants terminated the contract of LB Trent Harris, waived QB Brian Lewerke and DE Raymond Johnson III, and waived/injured DB Jordan Mosley.

More Giants