Cornerback Antwaun Molden is moving up in the NFL world, going from Super Bowl runners-up to the champions.
The fifth-year cornerback signed Monday with the New York Giants after one season with the New England Patriots, who lost to the Giants 21-17 in Super Bowl XLVI in February.
"It's exciting to be here," Molden said. "I like everything about this situation. I like the coaching staff. When I was coming out of college, I liked the Giants - I liked the defense, I liked the players."
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Molden will compete for a job with Giants cornerbacks Corey Webster, Terrell Thomas, Prince Amukamara, Michael Coe, Bruce Johnson and Justin Tryon. Molden most likely will vie for a spot as a reserve and special-teams contributor.
Molden, 27, joined the Patriots last September when he was claimed off waivers after being released by the Texans, who drafted him in the third round of the 2008 draft.
The Eastern Kentucky alum started two games for New England but played mostly in specialty defensive packages, finishing the season with a career-high 28 tackles (22 solo) and two interceptions. On special teams, he added 11 tackles in the regular season and seven in the playoffs. In the Super Bowl, Molden contributed four solo tackles on defense and one on special teams.
In three seasons with Houston, Molden played primarily on special teams. His 2009 season was limited to four games because of a quadriceps injury. In his rookie season of 2008, he suffered a late-season broken ankle after playing in 14 games.