Giants pay Diehl for successfully tackling new role

Updated: May 7, 2008, 5:47 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Replacing Luke Petitgout as the Giants' left tackle, David Diehl proved he was the real deal and helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII. Diehl's reward is a new deal that compensates him for the important job of protecting Eli Manning's blind side.

The Giants recently ripped up the former left guard's old contract and rewarded him with a new six-year, $31 million contract. The key to the deal is annual escalator clauses that increase Diehl's salaries between $750,000 ...

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