EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Giants have signed Canadian center Brett Jones and waived 2012 first-round draft pick running back David Wilson, whose career was cut short by a neck injury.
The Giants announced the moves Wednesday, a little more than a month before free agency opens.READ MORE: Long Island Jewish Medical Center Marks 1-Year Anniversary Of 1st COVID-19 Patient With Ceremony Honoring Health Care Workers, Patients
Jones, 6-foot-2 and 315 pounds, played the last two seasons for the Calgary Stampeders, winning the Grey Cup, the CFL’s title, last season. He played his college ball in Canada, was chosen the CFL’s top rookie in 2013 and its most outstanding lineman last season.
“It is a risk, but it’s something that I feel like I should try — and I think I’ve earned the try,” Jones told the Regina Leader-Post in December. “If I’m going to give the NFL a shot, it’s NFL or bust. I don’t want to have that, ‘Oh, whatever. If I get cut, it’s not a big deal.’ It is a big deal. I really want to get a chance to play.”
J.D. Walton started at center for the Giants (6-10) in 2014. Coach Tom Coughlin said after the season he was planning to move guard Weston Richburg to center for his second season in the league. Now there is a lot of competition.
“It has always been a goal and a dream of mine to play in the NFL,” Jones said Wednesday after signing his contract. “This is the first step, and I look forward to taking many more.”READ MORE: Unifying America: Newark Community Street Team Transforming South Ward Home Into Safe House For Trauma Victims
Jones started 39 games the past two seasons, 38 at center.
“I am coming from the Canadian style, where they (the defense) are one yard off the ball,” he said. “I know that there is going to be a learning curve to that.”
Wilson was the 32nd overall selection in the 2012 NFL draft. He suffered a neck injury in the fifth game of his second NFL season and was placed on injured reserve a month later. Wilson participated in training camp last year, but was forced to leave a July 29 practice after suffering a burner, which caused numbness in his hands and lower extremities.
The Giants announced in August that team doctors advised Wilson that he should no longer play football. Wilson, 23, was placed on injured reserve, ending a 21-game pro career.MORE NEWS: NYPD Adds 200 Surveillance Cameras As Part Of Mayor's Hate Crimes Action Plan
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