Giants sign CB Buckley, place Peterson on IR
The 34-year-old Buckley has 50 career interceptions in 13 seasons in the NFL, and played most recently with the New York Jets last season. He also has been with Green Bay, Denver and Miami, but has not played this season.
"Obviously I haven't had pads on, and there's only so much you can assimilate in training," Buckley said. "Any opportunity I get, I feel it's a blessing. I'm 34 and I still feel like I can play and do some things."
Buckley said both New England and the Giants had spoken to him over the last several weeks. He had been focusing on his consulting business in Davie, Fla., outside Fort Lauderdale, and gradually making the transition to life after football.
"I'd been contemplating what I was going to do," he said. "I was moving forward, but still training pretty hard. My 10-year-old, who's going to be 11 next month, gave me the OK. I had to clear it with her. And here I am."
Buckley's best seasons statistically were with Miami from 1995 to 1999. In those five years he intercepted 22 passes, two of which he ran back for touchdowns, and averaged more than 10 yards per punt return. Last season with the Jets, he had three interceptions and one forced fumble.
Peterson aggravated a back injury in the third week of the season against San Diego and has not played since. He practiced for the first time last week but experienced pain, coach Tom Coughlin said.
"We felt he wasn't able to get any consistency together because of the injury," Coughlin said.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press