Giants sign G Kevin Boothe; line returns for '13
Updated March 25, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants' offensive line
seemingly is returning intact for 2013.
The Giants on Monday announced that left guard Kevin Boothe has
re-signed after spending time on the free agent market. It is a
one-year deal, Boothe told The Associated Press in an email.
The signing comes a little less than a month after left tackle Will
Beatty signed a new five-year contract to stay with the Giants. Since
the offseason ended, center David Baas restructured his contract to
give the team more cap space. Right guard Chris and right tackle David Diehl are also under contract.
The versatile Boothe started all 16 games at left guard last season,
and the past 22 games overall. The Cornell product has started games at
center and left guard and filled in at right guard and tackle.
"Kevin is a pro's pro and we're happy to have him back," general
manager Jerry Reese said. "His return will provide experience,
versatility, competition and depth on our offensive line."
Entering his eighth season and seventh with the Giants, Boothe wanted
to explore free agency before deciding where to play. For a while, he
appeared he was going to sign with the Bears.
"I think you owe it to yourself to put yourself out there," he said.
"The entire time I wanted to return to the New York Giants, and
fortunately they wanted me back."
One question mark on the line might be Diehl. He struggled a bit last
season after moving from left tackle and suffered a knee injury. Diehl
also is in the final year of a contract that will pay him roughly $4.6
million this season. He might become a salary cap victim if the Giants
need money to re-sign receiver Victor Cruz.
The offensive line had a good season last year, helping running back
Ahmad Bradshaw surpass 1,000 yards while allowing an NFL-low 20 sacks.
The running game averaged 116.4 yards.
"We're constantly looking to improve," Boothe said. "This season, that
doesn't change. We'll have most, if not all, of the pieces back
together and we're looking forward to getting back to work and having a
successful season — more than last year."
The Giants (9-7) scored 429 points, the second-highest total in
franchise history, but missed the playoffs a year after winning the
Super Bowl for the second time in five years.
"Whatever role they need me to be in, I'm more than happy to fill,"
Boothe said. "Whether it was the first person off the bench in years
past or being the starter this past year, I approach every day with 100
percent effort. Whatever I can do to help the team, that's what I'm all
Despite losing tight end Martellus Bennett and safety Kenny Phillips,
the Giants have done a good job in free agency. Reese has signed
cornerback Aaron Ross, safety Ryan Mundy, tight end Brandon Myers,
placekicker Josh Brown, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, linebacker Dan Connor and receiver Louis Murphy, and re-signed Beatty, Boothe,
linebacker Keith Rivers, backup quarterback David Carr and halfback
The Giants created cap space for some of the deals by releasing
Bradshaw, defensive tackle Chris Canty and linebacker Michael Boley,
while re-working the contracts of Baas and cornerback Corey Webster.
Cruz, the fan favorite from Paterson, N.J., who has led the team in
receiving the past two seasons, is the major unsolved issue for the
team. He was tendered recently, which gave him the right to test the
free agent market while giving New York the chance to match any deal.
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