More than a month after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated DWI and a few weeks removed from arthroscopic surgery on his knee, Giants offensive lineman David Diehl reportedly has agreed to restructure his deal to stay in New York.
Without the move, as reported by the Bergen Record, it's fairly certain the Giants would have parted ways with Diehl. They were scheduled to pay him a base salary of $4.475 million, but his salary cap hit would have been $6.825 million for the 2013 season.
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So, the Giants -- who were about $3 million under the salary cap before this move, according to spotrac.com -- reportedly will save even more.
While Diehl is versatile on the offensive line, he'll turn 33 years old in September and he's lost some of his skills.
“Diehl unfairly became a whipping boy for the fans,” the New York Daily News wrote in December. “The problems on the line weren't his fault, but the Giants need to get younger and quicker up front, meaning Diehl will likely be let go unless he's willing to accept a reduced salary and backup role."
Reportedly, the first part of that equation already has occurred. However, the original report also has been refuted by the Daily News.
David Diehl and the Giants are still working on a restructured contract/paycut, as they have been. I'm told there's no deal yet.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) March 14, 2013