The 34-year-old Buckley has 50 career interceptions in 13
seasons in the NFL, and played most recently with the New York Jets
last season. He also has been with Green Bay, Denver and Miami, but
has not played this season.
"Obviously I haven't had pads on, and there's only so much you
can assimilate in training," Buckley said. "Any opportunity I
get, I feel it's a blessing. I'm 34 and I still feel like I can
play and do some things."
Buckley said both New England and the Giants had spoken to him
over the last several weeks. He had been focusing on his consulting
business in Davie, Fla., outside Fort Lauderdale, and gradually
making the transition to life after football.
"I'd been contemplating what I was going to do," he said. "I
was moving forward, but still training pretty hard. My 10-year-old,
who's going to be 11 next month, gave me the OK. I had to clear it
with her. And here I am."
Buckley's best seasons statistically were with Miami from 1995
to 1999. In those five years he intercepted 22 passes, two of which
he ran back for touchdowns, and averaged more than 10 yards per
punt return. Last season with the Jets, he had three interceptions
and one forced fumble.
Peterson aggravated a back injury in the third week of the
season against San Diego and has not played since. He practiced for
the first time last week but experienced pain, coach Tom Coughlin
"We felt he wasn't able to get any consistency together because
of the injury," Coughlin said.