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Report: Giants to sign Graham and probably release Brown

Quarterback Kent Graham has reportedly signed a three-year contract with the New York Giants in a move that probably will lead to the release of Dave Brown.

Leigh Steinberg, Brown's agent, could not confirm on Sunday night whether the Giants had signed Graham, who spent the last two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals, the first working with current Giants coach Jim Fassel."Dave has not called me today so I don't know if anything happened," Steinberg said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Sunday evening.

Steinberg admitted that Brown's tenure with Giants probably would be over if Graham, a free agent, had signed after .

"It's looks like that," Steinberg said. "Until we hear something, we'll go to go by what Jim Fassel said to us on Friday. It's entirely their right to go whatever direction they want to go."

By releasing Brown soon, the Giants would be able to save $1.5 million on next season's salary cap. If New York waited until June 1, it would have saved $2.5 million, but the team wanted to give Brown a better chance to find another team.

Brown and Fassel spoke about the his future on Friday, Steinberg said. Both attended the wedding of safety Jason Sehorn in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday night.

Steinberg said the Giants gave him permission last week to see if other teams were interested in Brown.

"It's only the second or third day of free agency," Steinberg said. "The clubs are focused on the hot defensive free agents."

Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon said Sunday the team had no announcement concerning Graham, an eighth-round draft pick by the Giants in 1992, the same year New York used a supplemental first-round draft pick to take Brown.

Both understudied under Phil Simms in 1993, and Brown won the starting job in 1994. He held it until Danny Kanell took over after six games and led New York to its first playoff berth since 1993.