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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Giants signed former Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Mike Patterson on Wednesday night.

Patterson, a former first-round draft choice, is the second Eagles lineman signed by the Giants; tackle Cullen Jenkins was signed on March 11. Both veterans were released by the Eagles on Feb. 25.

"I'm happy to be a part of the Giants," Patterson said. "They have a lot of good players. It's going to be good. I'm happy the Giants signed me and believe in my talents and allowed me to be there this year. I'm looking forward to this opportunity.

"It's good to be (reunited with Jenkins). He's a good player and I enjoy his company. It's going to be great. They also have other players I played with in college (Terrell Thomas and Keith Rivers, his teammates at USC), so I'm happy to see those guys."

Patterson, 6-1 and 300 pounds, has played in 115 career regular-season games with 99 starts. He has started all seven postseason games in which he has played.

His career totals include 551 tackles (290 solo), 16.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, seven fumble recoveries and an interception. In the playoffs he has 43 tackles (26 solo).

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