For the rest of the week leading up to the Super Bowl, we’ll profile one player a day, each of whom has history with your Dallas Cowboys--and each of whom will appear in the big game either as a member of the Patriots or the Giants. Today, we look at Chris Canty, defensive tackle for the NFC Champion New York Giants.
The Cowboys Years: Canty was drafted by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft, out of Virginia. He appeared in all 16 games in his rookie season--and would match this feat in each of his four seasons with Dallas--starting two, and finishing with 35 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Canty’s best year with Dallas was probably 2007, when he recorded 37 tackles and 3.5 sacks, numbers that both stand as career bests until this year. But more on that later.
Canty accepted a tender offer to stay with Dallas, but opted to explore free agency in 2009.
Since Dallas: In March of 2009, Canty signed a six-year deal with the Giants, worth $42 million. He played in only eight games that season as he dealt with hamstring and calf injuries, but since then, has been on a steady upswing. He once again played in all 16 games in 2010, and this season recorded new career highs in tackles (47) and sacks (4).
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