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more to come soon.

 

Here is a Quote on this relatively unknown center

 

O'Hara is a seven-year veteran that was signed as a free agent by the Cleveland Browns in 2000 out of Rutgers. He signed with the Giants in 2005 and has been a two-year starter. O'Hara is a good athlete with quickness and agility. He is tenacious as a blocker, but not overpowering, strength wise. He understands angles and leverage and does a good job of sustaining his blocks by just staying in the way. He can snap and step simultaneously and get a good fit in his blocks and then bring his feet with him to work the block laterally or downfield. He does a very good job of playing the game on his feet and can recover when he gets into awkward positions. He will struggle against some of the massive nose tackles in the league and require help from one of the guards. He is one of the better knee benders of this group and plays the game with leverage. He is a very good technician and uses his hands to control and steer opponents. He is accurate with the shotgun snap and gets good pace on the ball. There are not many things you can't like about this guy, but ideally you would like him to have a little more bulk

 

Not bad for a guy none of us have ever heard of :confused:

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O'Hara gets Giant deal

 

 

 

 

BY RALPH VACCHIANO

DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER 657-OHara.JPGAfter nearly leaving as free agent, center Shaun O'Hara sticks with Giants.

Giants GM Jerry Reese landed his first free agent late last night. Today he will move quickly to try to land a few more.

 

Just two hours before the free-agent market opened at midnight, Reese finalized a five-year, $19 million contract with center Shaun O'Hara, plugging what would have been a huge hole in the Giants' offensive line. The Giants got it done by increasing the "final" offer they had presented him a week ago by about $200,000 per season.

 

 

 

O'Hara will also get a $7.5 million signing bonus and will be paid $12 million in the first three years of the deal.

 

 

 

With O'Hara signed, the Giants were free to turn their attention in other directions as the market opened, and while they weren't expected to be major players for some of the bigger names - such as cornerback Nate Clements and linebacker Adalius Thomas - they were planning to be aggressive in pursuit of some second-tier free agents.

 

 

 

Among the players they planned to immediately chase were running back Dominic Rhodes, safety Michael Lewis, cornerback Roderick Hood and left tackle Leonard Davis. Rhodes, the Colts' Super Bowl star who was recently arrested for DUI, is expected to visit the Giants today. Lewis and Hood, who played under new Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in Philadelphia, might not be far behind.

 

 

 

"We will do as much as possible in free agency," Reese said. "There may be a possibility we can go for a couple of 'big' free agents. There's some mid-level guys we'll look at and there may be some guys at the bottom level we'll look at as well."

 

 

 

After signing O'Hara and tendering offers to three of their own restricted free agents - safety Gibril Wilson ($1.3 million), linebacker Reggie Torbor ($850,000) and running back Derrick Ward ($850,000) - the Giants are believed to be about $12 million-$14 million under the salary cap. But at least 20 teams are believed to have more money.

 

 

 

That could hurt the Giants at linebacker, where they have two huge holes after cutting LaVar Arrington and Carlos Emmons. They almost certainly can't afford Thomas, and might quickly get priced out of the bidding on Cato June.

 

 

 

Regardless, it appears their top priority is the 5-9, 203-pound Rhodes, who would be the ideal complement to the 6-4, 264-pound Brandon Jacobs, though he comes with the baggage from his Feb. 20 arrest. Asked at the scouting combine last week if that would eliminate Rhodes from the Giants' plans, Tom Coughlin said, "Well, it probably doesn't help him." Apparently it didn't hurt him much, either.

 

Blue-light special

 

Three players the Giants are expected to target in free agency:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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RB Dominic Rhodes: From Super Bowl hero to Brandon Jacobs' backfield mate? A recent DUI arrest hasn't ruled him out.

 

 

 

 

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LB Cato June: They won't get Adalius Thomas and they're desperate for linebackers, so they should make a big run at this former Pro Bowler.

 

 

 

 

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S Michael Lewis: Big-hitter who was benched in Philly, but is only 26. Could spell the end for Will Demps.

 

Originally published on March 2, 2007

Does this mean we won't get our "Shutdown" corner?

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damn double post again ................ hey Nem last couple of days there has been a problem with posting it is either real slow after you hit "add reply" or it wont add so you hit it again and BLAMO DOUBLE POST............. dont know if it's on my end or the server end . also not sure if its just in the football forum that this is happening.

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It's official, according to the almighty ESPN.

 

New York Giants: With less than two hours remaining before he hit the free agent market, Shaun O'Hara and the Giants agreed on a five-year, $19 million contract that included $7.5 million in guarantees. The 29-year-old center will stay with the Giants for an eighth season and be under contract through 2011.

 

Re-signing O'Hara was important because of the Giants' uncertainty at the left tackle position. Luke Petitgout was cut and backup left tackle Bob Whitfield retired. A couple of the options involved moving Giants guards to tackle and juggling the line. Had O'Hara left, the Giants would have problems in the middle of the line that would match their problems on the outside.

 

O'Hara entered the league as an undrafted free agent. He played in Cleveland from 2000-03 before leaving for the Giants in 2004. The 6-foot-3, 306-pound center went to college at Rutgers.

 

Tony Agnone and one of his clients, defensive end Michael Strahan, met with new Giants general manager Jerry 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.

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I can live with that. He may not be as big as we would like our center to be but he is a good leader on the Oline and does make the blocking assignments. Losing Pettigout and O'Hara would have put a lot of pressure on the FO to fill those voids, and would give Eli a line that would need a LOT of time to develop a working relationship/understanding.

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