The Giants were looking for the next Steve Smith. Instead they brought in an older version of him.
Veteran Brandon Stokley has signed with the Giants, his agent confirmed on Twitter, and is expected to be on the practice field with them tomorrow. Stokley was part of a wide receiver audition today that also included T.J. Houshmandzadeh and former Jet David Clowney.
Stokley, 35, has been in the league so long that he caught a touchdown pass against the Giants in the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl in 2001
He’s listed at 6-foot, 192 pounds and spent last year with the Seahawks where he appeared in 11 games and caught 31 passes. He’s also played for the Ravens, Colts and Broncos in his career. His best year was in 2004 when he had 68 catches for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Colts and Peyton Manning.
Stokley, a free agent, had agreed to terms with the Redskins when the lockout was lifted this summer, but backed out of that deal quickly because the team had added other receivers.
Apparently he didn't see position depth as an obstacle to his signing here.
And while there is still concern about whether Hakeem Nicks will be able to play on Monday, all signs point to this addition being more about suring up the No. 3 job than being insurance for the No. 1 job.
The Giants will have to make a corresponding roster move to add Stokley tomorrow morning. One possibility -- or even probability -- would be waiving Justin Trattou and re-signing him to the practice squad.
If that happens, then the Stokley signing could be the best news about Justin Tuck that we've heard in a long time.