The New York Giants have completed what was perhaps priority number one on their offseason checklist today—right after getting below the salary cap—when the team announced that they have re-signed left tackle William Beatty to a 5-year, $38.75 million deal.
According to the New York Daily News, the deal includes a $12.5 million signing bonus, as well as $19 million in guarantees. In reality, that is a fairly favorable deal for the Giants for what is surly one of the rising left tackles in football, who is still just 28 years old.
The former second round pick from 2009 had a stabilizing effect on the offensive line once he was inserted into the left tackle spot, making 14 starts in the position in 2012, and 25 in the last two seasons. He has dealt with injury issues, including eye surgery that landed him on injured reserve in 2011, but appears to be healthy now and ready to assume a leadership role for the Giants.
According to Pro Football Focus, only eight offensive tackles league-wide gave up fewer total pressures than Will Beatty in 2012, and no tackle allowed his quarterback to be knocked to the ground less when you combine sacks and quarterback hits.
He also helped lead the Giants to an effective running game with Ahmad Bradshaw, Andre Brown, and David Wilson.
Although the signing was essential for the Giants to get done, it also means that they still have a lot of work to do, as this likely puts them back over the salary cap for 2013. In addition, they have a litany of free agents that they must make decisions on, including many starters, which might necessity another veteran cut or two—possibly Corey Webster or David Diehl.
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