After losing both Martin Parker (herniated disk) and Shaun Rogers (blood clot) for the 2012 season, the New York Giants were in desperate need of another defensive tackle. And as head coach Tom Coughlin indicated following the final training camp practice at the University at Albany, the team was quick to sign one, adding fifth-year veteran Carlton Powell.
Powell, a 2008 fifth-round pick of the Denver Broncos, suffered a ruptured Achilles during the offseason of his rookie year and was placed on the team's Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list before subsequently being waived in September of the same year.
After healing from his injury, Powell became a journeyman, spending time with the Cleveland Browns and the Broncos in 2009, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010, the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons in 2011, and finally the Carolina Panthers during mini-camp of this year.
Over his short NFL career, Powell has appeared in only three games -all with the Falcons in 2011- and has one tackle to his credit.
In addition to Powell, the Giants worked out two other (unidentified) defensive tackles on Tuesday and may be in the process of adding another. One name that is most frequently speculated is Jimmy Kennedy, who spent the 2011 season with the Giants and remains unsigned.
The team also attempted to claim defensive tackle Ronnie Cameron off of waivers from the Chicago Bears on Monday, but he was ultimately awarded to the Cleveland Browns, who had a worse 2011 regular season record than the other teams who put a claim in on him.
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