Having spent the first few days of free agency focusing on the front seven it looks like tomorrow the Giants will host Texans unrestricted free agent safety C.C. Brown. Brown, a four year starter for the Texans, missed the final 13 games of the year with a fractured forearm. The Giants currently have three safeties listed on there website (Phillips, Johnson and Cargile) so the signing of Brown would make sense. They are thin at safety because of the release of Sammy Knight earlier this month and the departure of James Butler.
Here is Brown’s scouting report courtesy of ESPN/Scouts Inc:
Brown has been a starter for each of his previous four years in the NFL, all with the Texans. He missed most of the 2008 season when he was put on IR for a broken arm late in September. His is an above-average sized safety with good striking power and explosiveness when tackling in the hole. He is an instinctive player who is quick to key and diagnose and takes good angles to get to the ball. He plays with a lot of energy and is not timid about inserting himself to make the play in the hole. Brown is more effective the closer he lines up to the line of scrimmage and can struggle in coverage. He has three interceptions in his career, one in each of his first three years, so Brown’s definitely not a ball hawk. He is adequate in his pedal to extend the cushion but tends to come out of his pedal in stages and will loose relationship to receivers in transition. He has a marginal burst to close on the ball once he gets realigned and shows just adequate ball skills when in position to make a play on the ball. He has adequate route recognition but does not look natural when trying to read the quarterback’s eyes to get a jump on the ball.
On a side note Adam Schefter is reporting that T.J. Houshmandzadeh has agreed to terms with the Seahawks.