The Giants went into free agency seemingly resigned to the fact Kenny Phillips was headed for a departure. Where their former first-round pick landed seemed to upset the fan base a bit Thursday.

Phillips is staying in the NFC East and will be playing a dozen or so exits down the turnpike after the Eagles announced they have signed the 26-year-old safety to a one-year contract.

The former University of Miami standout received a "prove it" deal from the Eagles as he looks to reestablish his value at the position following an injury-plagued final season with the Giants.

Phillips played in seven games, starting six, but was never the same after he sprained the MCL in his right knee Sept. 30 — against the Eagles. He missed six consecutive games, returned for two, missed the next three and played in the season-ending win over the Eagles. Now he's going to see his old team twice in 2013.

While the Giants ended up saying goodbye to a familiar face Thursday, they officially welcomed back a former first-round pick in cornerback Aaron Ross as well as a newcomer in former Steelers safety Ryan Mundy.

Mundy is expected to compete for playing time behind projected starters Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown.