So when the Giants offered the 26-year-old left tackle a six-year deal worth slightly more than $30 million with a $9 million signing bonus, Petitgout didn't hesitate to sign on the dotted line. "I'm very happy, very excited," he said. "I got more than a fair contract."
Petitgout met assistant GM Kevin Abrams in New York City at approximately 10 p.m. Thursday night. That was just two hours shy of when Petitgout was expected to hit the open market and be wined and dined by any of a number of NFL clubs, said to include Miami and Tampa Bay. "I certainly wanted to be a Giant," Petitgout said. "There wasn't any reason for me to look around. I always thought the Giants would get it done."
GM Ernie Accorsi made sure of that. "He's the one guy we needed to get," Accorsi said. "If we lose him, who's going to play left tackle? And he's only going to get better."
Petitgout now turns his attention to making the Giants better, something he sees happening much sooner rather than later. "I don't think there's a better team you can go to than the New York Giants," he said. "I wasn't about to leave here for a couple more bucks somewhere else."