East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - The New York Giants Wednesday re- signed defensive end Keith Washington and released veteran running backs Brian Mitchell and Dorsey Levens.
Washington joined the Giants prior to the 2003 season and started six of the 14 games that he played in. The nine-year veteran made 27 tackles and recovered a fumble, which he returned for a touchdown against Carolina last season.
Mitchell, who is the NFL's career total yardage leader with 23,330 yards, led the Giants with 29 punt returns for 154 yards, but the 5.3-yard average was only good enough for 14th in the NFC last season. The 35-year-old has spent his entire 14-year career in the NFC East with the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and the Giants.
Levens, a ten-year veteran, finished with a team-high three rushing touchdowns, but only gained 197 yards on 68 attempts in 11 games last season. He also caught five passes for 39 yards. Levens, a Pro Bowl starter in 1997, has also played for Green Bay, where he won a Super Bowl ring in 1996 and the Eagles.