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David Diehl takes pay cut to help Giants keep other players

David Diehl emphatically celebrates a Giants win. (Oct.

David Diehl emphatically celebrates a Giants win. (Oct. 7, 2010) Credit: David Pokress

The longest tenured Giant will be paid a lot less in 2013.

David Diehl, the only current Giant to predate the arrival of Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning on the team, agreed to a pay cut in his 2013 salary, according to records on the NFLPA website. Due to earn $4.475 million in the final year of his contract, Diehl's base salary for the upcoming season has been reduced to $1 million. It is a straight pay cut, unlike the restructuring that Corey Webster agreed to earlier this offseason; Diehl gets no bonus for agreeing to the reduction and no years added on. He will be a free agent after this season.

Diehl said last week that he would consider redoing his contract if it helped the team secure other players. While he said at the time of his interview that he had not been approached about a pay cut, he anticipated it could happen and tied it to the team's desire to sign Victor Cruz to a long-term deal. Cruz is due to earn $2.879 million as a restricted free agent with a first-round tender. That number could go up if he and the Giants can agree to a new contract.

Had he not agreed to the pay cut, the Giants likely would have had to cut Diehl. With him back, the Giants will return all five of the offensive linemen who started for them at the end of the 2012 season. On Monday they re-signed guard Kevin Boothe. Still, there is no guarantee that Diehl will be starting at right tackle, the spot where he figures to fit in the best. The Giants have third-year player James Brewer to challenge him. Diehl spent several games last year coming off the bench as a sixth lineman to line up as a tight end and help in run blocking until he replaced Sean Locklear, who was out with a knee injury.

Diehl was drafted by the Giants in 2003 and started at left tackle on two Super Bowl-winning teams. He and Osi Umenyiora, a free agent who is close to signing with the Falcons, were the longest-serving Giants players on last year's roster.


White pants for Big Blue

The Giants announced that they will use an alternate uniform for select games this year, but the change will take place only below the belt. For the first time since 1999 the players will wear white pants. They have worn only gray pants for the last 13 seasons.

The white pants will have a thin red stripe bordered by gray and blue stripes. They will be worn only with blue jerseys, so there will never be a white-on-white color combination as the Giants used to wear on the road.

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