November 26, 2012; Philadelphia, PA USA; Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Mike Patterson (98) celebrates a sack with defensive end Jason Babin (93) and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (97) against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Panthers defeated the Eagles 30-22. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

New York Giants Sign DT Mike Patterson

The New York Giants, who had trouble with their defense in 2012, have signed former Philadelphia Eagles first round pick, defensive tackle Mike Patterson to a one-year contract.

The defensive tackle was Philadelphia’s first round pick in 2005 out of USC and has spent his entire career with the Eagles. Patterson only played five games last season after suffering a seizure in training camp that required him to have brain surgery. That didn’t stop Big Blue from signing the lineman; the Giants defense, which gave up more yards in 2012 (6,134) than any other season in franchise history, was in serious need of fixing the defensive unit.

That’s two defensive linemen the Giants have taken from the Eagles. The move shows the Giants are trying to pad up their depth at that position. They now have Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Linval Joseph and Shaun Rogers.

Patterson comes with a big asterisk, but if he can stay healthy he can contribute to the Giants defense. In his eight-year career, Patterson has 16.5 sacks, 338 tackles and four forced fumbles.

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