The New York Giants have re-signed defensive end Justin Trattou, who spent the entire 2012 season on the injured reserve with an ankle injury. With the impending departure of Osi Umenyiora, Trattou will fight for a backup defensive end spot with Adrian Tracy and Adewale Ojomo, both of whom showed promise in 2012.
Trattou was an Exclusive-Rights Free Agent, which meant that once the Giants offered him a three year contract at the veteran minimum, Trattou was obligated to either sign the deal or leave the NFL. Tracy and Jim Cordle are the only other ERFA's on the roster, which means the Giants will have each of them back in 2013.
Trattou started 31 games and won a BCS National Championship at the University of Florida under head coach Urban Meyer. Trattou served as team captain in 2010 and won the Gators' Gators’ Fergie Ferguson Award, recognizing “the senior football player who displays outstanding leadership, character and courage.”
In 2011, Trattou signed with the Giants as an undrafted free-agent and played in six regular season games during Big Blue's Super Bowl run. Last season, he came into training camp as the favorite to replace Dave Tollefson as the Giants fourth defensive end, but could not stay healthy enough to earn a roster spot. It's going to be an uphill battle for Trattou to make the team in 2013 and it's going to be a story line that Giants 101 will keep updating as the offseason progresses.
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