2012 NFL Free Agency: New York Giants Sign Cornerback Antwaun Molden

Field YatesCorrespondent IIIApril 11, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 27:  Antwaun Molden #27 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on November 27, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The Patriots won 38-20. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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As the old saying goes, "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

That, apparently, is what free-agent cornerback Antwaun Molden was thinking when he signed with the New York Giants on Wednesday night.

Molden spent 2011 as a member of the New England Patriots, who lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl for the second time in four seasons.  

His role varied throughout the season, but he logged two starts, played in every game, and totaled 25 snaps in the Super Bowl (figures courtesy of Mike Reiss, ESPN Boston).  He finished the regular season with 36 tackles and two interceptions, and added eight more stops—including five versus New York in the Super Bowl—during the playoffs.

The Giants lost cornerback Aaron Ross to the Jaguars earlier in free agency, but were able to retain Terrell Thomas on a new four-year deal.  And while Molden won't likely push for a starting role, he adds depth to a secondary that was questioned during various stretches of the 2011 season.

Originally a third-round pick during the 2008 draft, Molden spent his first three pro seasons with the Houston Texans before being claimed by the Patriots off of waivers prior to the start of the 2011 regular season.  

In addition to his role in the secondary, Molden is a serviceable core special teams player.