Emmons signs to five year contract

New York's intial foray into the free agent market was a good one, with Big Blue landing one of the NFL's best strongside linebackers, Carlos Emmons, who signed a five-year deal worth $16.5 million. <BR><BR>

"Emmons was the MVP of the Eagles defense this past season,"said Giants general manager Ernie Accosi, "and he will be a big addition to our defense. He hasn't been pleasant to play against."

In this first eight years in the NFL - four with Pittsburgh and four with Philadelphia - Emmons has started 86 of the 111 regular season games in which he's played. Emmons has been credited with 608 tackles (363 solo). He also has 17 sacks, four interceptions, five fumbles recoveries and six forced fumbles.

In 2003 the 6-5, 250-pound Emmons perhaps had his finest season, despite suffering a fractured fibula against San Francisco, an injury that kept him out of the regular season finale at Washington and the Eagles' two playoff games. The Giants deemed Emmons healthy enough to ink him, basically to replace free agent SLB Brandon Short.

Emmons was named the Eagles' defensive MVP after making a career-high 123 tackles, fourth-most on the team. He recovered one fumble, forced a fumble and recorded a team-high five tackles for a loss. Emmons made many big plays, including one the Giants would like to forget.

On Nov. 16 in Philadelphia, the Giants trailed 14-3 late in the second period when they decided to go for a touchdown on fourth-and-one from the Eagles one. Tiki Barber took a handoff and sprinted to the right corner. Emmons fought through two blocks and tackled Barber for a two-yard loss, a turning point in Philly's 28-10 victory.

"One of the things that appealed to me is that after playing against this team all these years, I know what kind of competitors they are and I know what kind of athletes they have," Emmons said. "I feel like I can help this team compete and do big things this season."

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