Short returns to Giants to join linebacking corps

Updated: April 19, 2006, 4:55 PM ET
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Linebacker Brandon Short is back with the New York Giants.

Short on Wednesday signed with the Giants, with whom he spent his first four seasons in the NFL before going to the Carolina Panthers for two years.

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2005 SEASON STATISTICS
Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
59 41 18 0 1 0

Terms were not disclosed.

"The Giants have always been a class organization and I'm happy to be back and be a part of it," Short said. "I have great memories of my time here. There's no place in the world like New York as far as the fans, as far as the media, as far as everything is concerned."

A fourth-round pick of the Giants in 2000, Short, 28, was a reserve as a rookie on the 2000 Super Bowl team. He started the next three years before signing with the Panthers before the 2004 season.

In 91 regular season games, including 61 starts, Short has registered 350 tackles, 7½ sacks and two interceptions. The Penn State product has played in 91 consecutive games, a run that is notable for New York, which saw its linebacking corps decimated by injuries in 2005.

"Brandon has played on winning teams his whole career, including the New York Giants," general manager Ernie Accorsi said. "He's a winner and a great teammate and it's terrific to have him back."

After starting 15 of 16 regular-season games with Carolina last season, Short was released on March 2.

The Panthers beat the Giants in the NFC wild-card round last January.