Giants bring back G Kevin Boothe on 1-year deal
The New York Giants had made re-signing Kevin Boothe as a top priority after the team locked left tackle Will Beatty to a long-term deal.
"I'm happy to be back," Kevin Boothe said in a statement on Monday. "It's a great organization and a great team. I'm looking forward to this upcoming season."
Kevin Boothe tested the market for the first time in his eight-year career this offseason. The New York Giants tendered Kevin Boothe as a restricted free agent in 2010 and signed him to a two-year deal in 2011. Although Kevin Boothe drew early interest from teams during free agency, the market never developed for him as his hopes of a lucrative deal were met with disappoint on a dried up market.
"I think you owe it to yourself to put yourself out there," said Kevin Boothe. "The entire time I wanted to return to the New York Giants, and fortunately they wanted me back."
Kevin Boothe had a solid season as a run blocker in 2012, while starting all 16 games for the first time in his career. With Kevin Boothe leading the offensive line from the left, the New York Giants surrendered a league-low 20 sacks last season while ranking 15th in rushing with 116.4 yards per game.
The New York Giants’ love the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Kevin Boothe’s versatility as he can play at multiple positions along the offensive line, as he was briefly moved to tackle in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last September.
"Kevin is a pro's pro and we're happy to have him back," said New York Giants general manager Jerry Reese. "His return will provide experience, versatility, competition and depth on our offensive line."
While Kevin Boothe is staying with the New York Giants, he only has a one-year contract in hand and there is no guarantee to whether he will retain the starting job. However, that isn’t a big concern for Kevin Boothe who is looking forward to the New York Giants’ improvements while they put together key pieces of the 2012 offensive line.
"It was fun to focus in on one position for the most part. I always keep prepared for any change that might happen. You don't know what might happen over the course of a game or a season,” said Kevin Boothe. “I always try to keep myself fresh with regard to center or any other position so I'm ready wherever I'm needed."
With that tackled, the New York Giants can move onto the right side of their offensive line. James Brewer and David Diehl are two options at the spot. But the New York Giants still face a question mark in the form of tackle David Diehl, who is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $4.475 million in base salary during 2013.