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Kevin Boothe rejoins New York Giants for one year

Versatile offensive guard Kevin Boothe reportedly drew interest from the Carolina Panthers, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears early in free agency.

All along, the New York Giants placed a priority on bringing back Boothe once they found a creative way to free up salary-cap space.

Mission accomplished. The Giants re-signed Boothe to a one-year contract, NFL.com's Kimberly Jones reported Monday.

The Giants were believed to be less than $2 million under the cap, with reports that veteran lineman David Diehl might restructure his contract to provide relief.

A career backup from 2007 to 2010, Boothe emerged as a valuable injury replacement in 2011 before nailing down the left guard job and improving as a run blocker last season. He placed 22nd in Around The League's free-agent offensive linemen rankings.

Boothe's return means the Giants will have their entire starting offensive line back for the 2013 season.

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