According to The Bergen Record’s Art Stapleton, Brown asked the Houston Texans for a release, and was granted his request on Friday. He will begin practice on Tuesday.
The Giants have a pressing need at safety after multiple players suffered season-ending injuries at the position. Mykkele Thompson, Justin Currie and Bennett Jackson have all been lost for the year during preseason. Another safety, Nat Berhe, is undergoing calf surgery and could also miss the regular season.
Brown started 32 games for the Giants from 2012 to 2014, missing all of the 2013 season. His career year came in 2012, when he recorded 76 tackles, two forced fumbles and eight interceptions. He rejected a minimum offer from New York earlier this off-season and signed a one-year deal with Houston.
Brown, 28, played the first two seasons of his career in Oakland and Indianapolis. He was a seventh-round pick of the Raiders in 2010.