- Dan Graziano, ESPN Staff Writer
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PHOENIX -- New York Giants safety Stevie Brown has signed his restricted free-agent tender, guaranteeing him $2.023 million for the 2013 season. The move isn't a surprise, but it's worth noting that Brown will make more from the Giants this upcoming season than the man he replaced, Kenny Phillips, will make with the Philadelphia Eagles. Phillips, an unrestricted free agent whose 2012 season was plagued by knee problems, signed a one-year deal with the Eagles on which the most he can make is $1.85 million.
This is the clearest evidence yet that the Giants didn't pursue Phillips at all and decided simply to move on from their former first-round pick, likely because of long-term concerns about the knee. Brown, who had eight interceptions as a Phillips fill-in last year, is the leading candidate to start at safety alongside Antrel Rolle. The team also recently signed free-agent safety Ryan Mundy from the Steelers and has Will Hill and Tyler Sash at the position as well. General manager Jerry Reese also suggested earlier in the offseason that cornerback Terrell Thomas could potentially be moved to safety, so there is depth there.
Earlier in the day, the Giants agreed on a one-year contract with backup quarterback David Carr, who tested the free-agent market but apparently didn't find anything better than another season as backup for Eli Manning, who has started 146 games in a row.