New York (AP) The Giants are expected to sign a veteran wideout to bolster their offense, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Josh Brown, a former first-round pick who was traded to the Patriots last season, will be signed by the Giants, the source said Monday.
The Giants are likely to sign one of their young receivers as well, the person said, who declined to be identified because the talks were ongoing.
The source added that the deal is expected to be completed in the next couple of days.
Brown was released by the Patriots and spent the first three years of his career with the New York Jets before signing with the Patriots in 2015.
He caught 57 passes for 726 yards and five touchdowns during the 2016 season.
Brown has a $10 million option for the 2019 season, and the Giants would be looking to pay him that amount, the team’s president of football operations John Mara said last month.
Brown played in 14 games for New England, catching seven passes for 68 yards, and also made one tackle.
Brown caught three passes for 20 yards during the regular season, but the Patriots are expected not to pursue him for the playoffs.
The move to sign Brown could be a sign that the Giants are starting to get serious about adding a veteran receiver, particularly with the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr. The Giants also have a new coach in Tom Coughlin, who could be tasked with bringing in veteran receivers.
Brown’s contract with the Jets is not guaranteed and could be worth as much as $10.8 million, according the New England Patriots.
Brown is expected back with the Giants on Thursday.