Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Safety Phillips agrees to terms with Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants agreed to terms with first-round choice Kenny Phillips on Tuesday night, and the Super Bowl champions will be heading to training camp with all their draft picks.
The safety from Miami will earn roughly $11 million over the next five years under terms of the deal, said a person close to the team who requested anonymity because the contract has not been signed.
Phillips was not immediately available for comment.
The Giants signed cornerback Terrell Thomas, their second-round choice, on Monday, the day they traded disgruntled four-time Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey to New Orleans for two draft picks.
The day the Giants drafted Phillips they made just as much news by announcing that the rumored trade of Shockey to the Saints in April had fallen through and that he was being counted on to be the Giants' starting tight end.
The Giants have big plans for Phillips, who was taken with the 31st and last pick of the first round.
New York lost starting free safety Gibril Wilson to Oakland in free agency. Veteran Sammy Knight was signed for the immediate future, but it still left the Giants with a future need, and Phillips more than fills it.
The 21-year-old Phillips started 33 of 34 games in three seasons with the Hurricanes, including all 12 this past season at free safety. He finished his career with 203 tackles, including 15 for losses. He also intercepted seven passes, forced three fumbles and recovered one.
"There's a lot of things to like about Kenny Phillips," general manager Jerry Reese said on draft day. "We like his size and speed, he is multidimensional -- we like those kind of players. He played corner before, and we think he can go down and play on a third receiver if he had to. He's smart and he's a good person."
Phillips plays a lot like Wilson. He has the ability to play close to the line and stuff the run and defend the pass. He can also play special teams.
The Giants will report to training camp at the University at Albany on Thursday.