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Shane Vereen set to sign with the Giants

AFC Champiohship Football

New England Patriots running back Shane Vereen, left, is tackled by Baltimore Ravens strong safety Bernard Pollard (31) during the first half of the NFL football AFC Championship football game in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)


Shane Vereen is heading to the Giants.

Vereen, the veteran running back who has spent his entire four-year career with the Patriots, will sign with the Giants today. According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the deal is as done as it can be before the official 4 p.m. start of free agency.

Vereen joins a Giants backfield that also includes Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, and a Giants offense that has a lot of talent, with Eli Manning passing to receivers Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz and tight end Larry Donnell.

The 26-year-old Vereen was never a regular starter for the Patriots, but he made solid contributions both as a runner (391 yards last year) and as a receiver (447 yards last year).

The Patriots will feel the loss of Vereen, but they should be fine at running back with LeGarrette Blount, Jonas Gray, Brandon Bolden and James White all on the depth chart.