Before the 2013 NFL Combine, the Giants made some big moves by cutting costs to get under the salary cap. After the combine, the Giants went in the other direction, locking up left tackle Will Beatty to a five-year deal, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.
The deal is $37.5 million (and up to $38.75 million with incentives), making it worth just under $8 million a year. La Canfora also reports the deal contains $19 million guaranteed.
It's a savvy move by the Giants -- shocker! -- considering that Beatty was set to hit the free-agent market, he's just 27 and he's been steadily improving as the blind-side protector for Eli Manning.
Last season, per Pro Football Focus, Beatty gave up just three sacks and no quarterback hits (though he did give up 22 hurries). Football Outsiders has the Giants sporting the second-best adjusted sack rate; Beatty's presence certainly doesn't hurt that.
Beatty was the 60th overall pick in 2009, as the Giants drafted him with their second-round pick.
This is a very good offseason to need a tackle -- Luke Joeckel, Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson are nice options in the draft and free agency is stacked with guys who can block -- but Beatty certainly would've attracted plenty of interest if he hit the open market.
Instead, he'll now get to spend the next five years keeping Eli upright.
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