The New York Giants have waived inside linebacker Dan Connor after reaching an injury settlement to release him from the injured reserve list. The move was requested by Connor and his agent as they believe Connor is ready to play and contribute. Connor had only played one game for the Giants before he suffered a neck injury and was placed on injured reserve. The Giants have moved on from Connor and went out and made a trade for Jon Beason to fill the role of middle linebacker.
This move makes it so Connor is able to sign with anyone and contribute immediately should a team choose to make the move. Connor has a chance to help a team that is hurt by injuries as potential depth or even a starter. There is plenty of time left in the season for Connor to potentially sign, ease into the system and have time to make a worthwhile contribution to a team trying to make a run at the playoffs. It remains to be seen what teams will have interest in Connor, but given the amount of injuries that have occurred this season, Connor’s agent has likely done research into this and had a few teams that were interested before reaching this settlement.
The former Penn State Nittany Lion is still just 28 years old, but he has had some injuries that have caused him to miss large chunks of seasons including missing a combined 23 games between 2008 and 2010 with the Carolina Panthers.