Brinkley is currently considered the frontrunner to start at middle linebacker despite the offseason addition of Keenan Robinson, the Giants' official site reports. Last season, Brinkley assumed the starting MLB role in early November after Jon Beason landed on IR, and ultimately finished third on the team in tackles (67) and first in forced fumbles (4). However, the Giants signed fellow MLB Keenan Robinson to a richer contract than that of Brinkley in March, which left many to quickly assume the starting MLB job was all Robinson's. However, the Giants rotated first team linebackers throughout their offseason program, but, unlike Robinson, Brinkley was the player who aligned exclusively at middle linebacker. Meanwhile, Robinson was moved around and experimented with at OLB. Training camp will further illuminate the Giants' plans for their new-look defensive front.
Brinkley is in the conversation for starting MLB for the Giants, Ralph Vacchiano of Daily News reports. Brinkley is entering his seventh NFL season and second with the Giants. New York has sought to upgrade at the MLB position, signing Keenan Robinson, who is the frontrunner for the starting role, in free agency. Despite competition at the position, the team was not unhappy with Brinkley's production last year (67 tackles, four forced fumbles, one sack), and he could see an increase in playing time if he shows improvement during his second campaign in the Giants' defensive system. An advantage he does have over Robinson is that Brinkley's missed just two games in his six years, as opposed to Robinson's 28 games missed in four seasons. Brinkley will be competing against Robinson, BJ Goodson, and Kelvin Sheppard for the starting spot.
The Giants and Brinkley have agreed to a one-year contract, Dan Salomone of the team's official site reports. Jettisoned from the Cowboys out of training camp 2015, Brinkley landed with the rival Giants just four days before the regular season opener at Dallas, but his first significant action didn't occur until Week 8. As the infirmary in New York continued to fill up, he took on a larger role and finished the year with third-most tackles (67) on the team. In addition to that mark, he tallied four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one sack. Upon his return to the Giants, he'll compete with offseason addition Keenan Robinson for reps at middle linebacker.
The Giants signed linebacker Jasper Brinkley on Wednesday. Brinkley was released by the Cowboys on Monday.
The Cowboys claimed right tackle Jordan Mills off waivers from the Bears on Monday. To clear a roster spot, linebacker Jasper Brinkley was waived.