Reese Still Making all Right Moves

Anyone even slightly concerned that Jerry Reese was going to allow Corey Webster to leave town as a free agent after this season can rest easy.

That's because Reese continues making all the right moves as the Giants GM. In his second season at the helm of New York's football operations, you'd be really hard-pressed to find anything that Reese has done wrong to this point.

Webster has emerged into New York's best cornerback and was evaluated by our Jim Sabo as the second-best corner in the entire league scheduled to hit the open market. Now, due to Reese's diligence, it's a moot point.

Only hours before the Giants faced off against the Cowboys in Dallas, Webster signed a contract that will keep him in Giants blue through the 2013 season. Webster's handsome reward? A deal worth $43.5 million, with $20 million of the money guaranteed.

"Corey has been an outstanding person and player in his short career for the Giants," Reese said. "We are very happy to get this deal done."

A fourth-year pro from LSU, Webster has emerged as an outstanding shutdown corner this season. Entering the game in Dallas, Webster had started every game at right cornerback and was tied with fellow cornerback Aaron Ross for the team lead with three interceptions, including two against the Cowboys on Nov. 2. He also led the Giants with 21 pass breakups, 13 more than runner-up Ross. Webster had 43 tackles (31 solo), two tackles for losses, one sack and two forced fumbles.

"He really came into his own the latter part of last year," Reese said, "and that has carried over into the 2008 season, where he has shown that he is one of the top corners in the league."

Webster joined the Giants as a second-round draft choice in 2005, the 43rd overall selection (the team did not have a first-round choice that year). He showed promise, but struggled at times in his first three seasons. But when Sam Madison suffered a sports hernia, Webster joined the starting lineup at the beginning of the playoffs last year.

Webster was outstanding throughout the Giants' four-game championship run. He held Tampa Bay's Joey Galloway to one catch in the NFC Wild Card Game. A week later, he had five tackles, broke up a pass and helped limit Dallas to 182 passing yards in the divisional playoff.

Webster made one of the most memorable plays in Giants history when he intercepted Brett Favre in overtime of the NFC Championship Game, setting up Lawrence Tynes' game-winning field goal. In Super Bowl XLII, Webster knocked down Tom Brady's first desperation pass to Randy Moss in the final seconds. He helped limit Moss to five mostly-harmless catches.

It wouldn't have taken long for Webster to be scooped up at the outset of free agen cy. That's why Reese's ability to wrap him up in mid-December and leave him under the tree for Giants fans was yet another of the New York GM's brilliant moves.

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