Finn finally officially back with Blue

Jim Finn finally signed his five-year deal with the club, ending a period where he worked out in California while still an unsigned free agent and missed a week of the Giants offseason program.

"I was getting antsy. Believe me, I was getting antsy," Finn said Monday, after lifting weights and running with his teammates for the first time this year. "I wanted to get back working with the team. Most of these guys play the game for the comaraderie, working out together. When you're not in the locker room and all your friends are, you feel like you're missing out on something, the time spent with them."

Although Finn had informal talks with other teams, including Houston, Tampa Bay and Kansas City, he had no desire to leave the Giants. "I don't think there was any big secret about that," he said. Finn grew up in Fair Lawn, N.J., and was a star at Bergen Catholic High School, both of which are located close to Giants Stadium.

"I couldn't think about playing anywhere else after playing at home for two years," he said. "I spent my first three years in Indianapolis. While it was a great experience, it was Indianapolis. I grew up around here. It's hard for a person who grew up in northern New Jersey to move to Indiana. It's a little bit of a culture shock. That came into play with my decision – I wanted to be around here. I have a comfort level with the coaching staff and the organization. It was a natural fit. It all worked out."

Finn does much of his work outside of the spotlight. An outstanding blocker, he helped clear the lanes that enabled Tiki Barber to rush for a franchise-record 1,518 yards in 2004.

"I'm excited to have Jim Finn back," Barber said. "It's great to have someone who understands me so well back in the backfield."

Last season, Finn also caught 12 passes for 115 yards (after catching 14 for 115 yards in 2003) and ran the ball three times for seven yards.

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