Just noticed this on NFL.com....Looks like NY is trying to get a "leg up" on their competition....(sorry...had to do it! hehehe)East Rutherford, N.J. - The Giants announced today they have signed Brian Mitchell, who is second in total yards in NFL history and is one of the finest punt and kickoff returners to ever play in the league. Mitchell signed a multi-tear contract.
The 2003 season will be Mitchell's 14th in the NFL, and all of them have been spent in the NFC East. He played the last three seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles, after playing the first 10 years of his career for the Washington Redskins. He was a member of Washington's 1991 Super Bowl championship team.
Mitchell has gained 22,001 all-time combined net yards in his career, second in NFL history behind Oakland wide receiver Jerry Rice (22,248). Last season, he passed Hall of Famer Walter Payton to move into the position behind Rice. Mitchell holds league records with 12,897 kickoff return yards and 4,845 punt return yards (and, of course, 17,742 combined return yards). He also has 1,947 rushing yards, 2,298 receiving yards and 14 fumble return yards.
"Brian Mitchell adds a dimension to our team that we have really needed," general manager Ernie Accorsi said. "He is one of the great return men in the history of the National Football League, and is a threat to contend playing out of the backfield. After playing against him all these years, it's nice having him on our side."