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Giants Sign Center Shaun O'Hara

Friday, March 02, 2007

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — 

Center Shaun O'Hara took himself out of the free-agent market Thursday, signing a new multiyear contract with the New York Giants.

O'Hara, the Rutgers' product who has been the Giants' center since 2004, said the deal was reached Thursday evening and everything was signed by 10:30 p.m.. He would have become an unrestricted free agent Friday.

O'Hara declined to discuss terms of the contract.

The Giants and O'Hara were close to finalizing a six-year deal for about $24 million last week, but talks cooled off after Dallas signed center Andre Gurode to a six-year, $30 million contract.

Tony Agnone, O'Hara's agent, and new Giants general manager Jerry Reese resumed talks on Thursday and hammered out the agreement.

"It's great to be back," O'Hara said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

Earlier Thursday, starting safety Gibril Wilson and two other restricted free agents were tendered offers by the Giants. Linebacker Reggie Torbor and running back Derrick Ward also were tendered on the eve of the NFL free-agency period.

Wilson received a second-round tender, meaning the Giants would receive a second-round pick if he signed with another team, and New York didn't match. If Wilson returns to the Giants under the tender, he would make $1.3 million as his base salary this coming season.

Wilson finished second on the Giants with 102 tackles in 15 games last season. He also had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Torbor, who played mostly on special teams, received a fourth-round tender and Ward, who missed much of the season after breaking his foot in training camp, got a seventh-round tender.

Agnone and another one of his clients, defensive end Michael Strahan, also met with Reese on Thursday.

The 35-year-old Strahan has two years left on his contract, including a $4 million salary this season. He missed almost the entire second half of the season because of a foot injury.

Free agency may cost the Giants their kicker. Jay Feely, who made 23 of 27 field goal attempts this past season, will be an unrestricted free agent Friday.

Feely did not return a telephone call left by The Associated Press on Thursday to discuss his future.

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