Boothe re-signs with Giants, helps keep line intact

The New York Giants' offensive line seemingly is returning intact for 2013.

The Giants on Monday announced that left guard Kevin Boothe has re-signed after spending time on the free agent market. It is a one-year deal, Boothe told The Associated Press in an email.

The signing comes a little less than a month after left tackle Will Beatty signed a new five-year contract to stay with the Giants. Since the offseason ended, center David Baas restructured his contract to give the team more cap space. Right guard Chris and right tackle David Diehl are also under contract.

The versatile Boothe started all 16 games at left guard last season, and the past 22 games overall. The Cornell product has started games at center and left guard and filled in at right guard and tackle.

"Kevin is a pro's pro and we're happy to have him back," general manager Jerry Reese said. "His return will provide experience, versatility, competition and depth on our offensive line."

Entering his eighth season and seventh with the Giants, Boothe wanted to explore free agency before deciding where to play. For a while, he appeared he was going to sign with the Bears.

"I think you owe it to yourself to put yourself out there," he said. "The entire time I wanted to return to the New York Giants, and fortunately they wanted me back."

One question mark on the line might be Diehl. He struggled a bit last season after moving from left tackle and suffered a knee injury.

- Associated Press

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