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NFL Free Agency: Nose tackle Danny Shelton signs for the New York Giants

Danny Shelton
Danny Shelton
Modified 30 Mar 2021

Danny Shelton, former nose tackle of the Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots, and Detroit Lions, has signed a one-year deal with the New York Giants.

Shelton spent last season with the Detroit Lions, where he was a prominent feature in defense. The big man appeared in 12 games during the 2020 season, contributing 24 total tackles, three quarterback hits, and one sack.

Unfortunately, the 27-year-old missed the final few games of the season due to injury. The former University of Washington star was reactivated from injured reserve in January, but the Lions still opted not to offer him a new deal.

It would seem the Giants have brought Shelton to the MetLife Stadium for two reasons — to provide competition for Austin Johnson and to replace the recently-departed Dalvin Tomlinson. The latter put pen to paper on a $21 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings last week in one of the biggest free agency deals so far in this window.

Danny Shelton's career to date

Danny Shelton
Danny Shelton

Danny Shelton was a first-round (No.12 overall) pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2015 NFL Draft. Bill Belichick then made a beeline for Shelton during the 2018 off-season, trading him in a deal that saw the Browns receive a third-round pick in the 2019 Draft from the Patriots, in exchange for Shelton and a fifth-round pick in 2018.

Danny Shelton put in a steady campaign in 2018, but he probably enjoyed the best season of his career to date in 2019. The nose tackle chipped in with three sacks during a regular season that paved the way for the New England Patriots' most recent Super Bowl win.

Will Shelton be a success in New York, or should he have waited for a better offer? Have your say in the comments section below:

Published 30 Mar 2021, 19:23 IST
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