Among the Giants’ top priorities this off-season was inking left tackle Will Beatty to a deal that would keep him protecting Eli Manning’s blindside for the next five years.
After missing 14 games between 2010-11, Beatty, 28, started a career-high 15 games in 2012. His reward: a contract worth $7.75 million per season for the next five in late February, before the free-agent market opened up.
In his first year as a full-time starter, Beatty allowed just three sacks and 22 hurries.
In a story by USA Today Sports, Beatty told reporters he knew returning to New York was the right thing to do.
“The contract that they offered me was great,” Beatty said. “I’m happy that they brought me back, I’m happy that they still believe in me, still see my potential to grow.”
“For me, I’m excited, I’m glad I didn’t go into the free agency market and not have to sit it out and wait until camp. I’m here for the start of offseason workouts, so I’m happy.”
Former No. 1 overall pick Jake Long relocated from Miami to St. Louis for a deal worth $8.5 million per year. Beatty was a second-round selection out of Connecticut in the 2009 NFL Draft.
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