Cut by the Dallas Cowboys on Monday, Dan Connor has latched on with one of Dallas’ NFC East rivals. The 27-year-old linebacker signed a one-year contract with the New York Giants, a league source confirmed today (Saturday).
Connor was released by Dallas earlier this week in a wave of moves to clear room under the NFL’s $123 million salary cap. By parting with Connor the Cowboys saved $3 million, a total equivalent to his base salary. Connor’s tenure with Dallas ended less than a year after it began, when he signed a two-year, $6.5 million deal last March.
This past season — his only one with the Cowboys — Connor made 56 tackles and started eight games after Sean Lee suffered a season-ending toe injury last October.
In November, Connor did not play against Atlanta and Philadelphia because of a stinger he incurred in a loss to the Giants. Connor’s value to the Cowboys appeared to be tied to the considerable experience he has in the 4-3 defense, which Dallas adopted after hiring Monte Kiffin as a coordinator in January. The Giants employ a similar scheme and for that reason Connor should fit well with his new team.