Giants sign LB Mitchell to one-year contract

Mar 27, 2007 - 8:55 PM EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker) -- Kawika Mitchell led the Kansas City Chiefs in tackles each of the last two seasons as a middle linebacker. But now he will play a different position for a new team.

The New York Giants on Tuesday signed Mitchell to a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

But with Antonio Pierce entrenched in the middle for the Giants, Mitchell will move to either the strong side or weak side.

"I'll be playing outside," Mitchell said. "I'm not even thinking about playing the middle right now. I'm not quite sure how things are going to work out right now, but when I meet with the coaches I'm sure they'll explain it. But Antonio is a good leader and a great player."

The Giants have openings at both outside linebacker spots after releasing LaVar Arrington and Carlos Emmons.

Mitchell, Reggie Torbor and Gerris Wilkinson will compete for the starting jobs.

"Kawika is a young guy who has played a lot of snaps in this league, and we feel like he can really play any of the linebacker positions," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "He is a guy who has something to prove, and this will be a great opportunity for him to do that."

New York had interest in acquiring linebacker Al Wilson from Denver, but Wilson failed his physical.

Mitchell, 27, spent his first four seasons with Kansas City, starting 50 of 59 games, but became expendable when the Chiefs signed middle linebacker Napolean Harris earlier in the month.

Last season, Mitchell had 118 tackles on a team which ranked 18th against the run. He recorded 13 tackles in the Chiefs' wild-card loss at Indianapolis.






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