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Giants lose out as safety Devin McCourty re-signs with Patriots

Devin McCourty (32) of the New England Patriots

Devin McCourty (32) of the New England Patriots is congratulated by teammate Jerod Mayo after McCourty intercepted a pass by the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. (Jan. 2, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Devin McCourty's new contract with the Patriots reportedly will pay him $28.5 million in guaranteed money.

Also guaranteed: That the Giants will have to look elsewhere to fill the hole in the back of their secondary. In fact, it could mean the return of Antrel Rolle.

McCourty, the top safety in free agency, agreed to re-sign with the Patriots on Sunday night, according to his agent. The deal reportedly is worth $47.5 million over five seasons.

The Giants were one of several teams intent on wooing McCourty when free agency opens for real on Tuesday afternoon (the Eagles were another, according to reports). Now they will set their sights on others at the position such as Denver's Rahim Moore and Kansas City's Ron Parker. The Giants reached out to the representatives of both of those players this weekend.

Although Rolle still is unlikely to return, if the market begins to dry up and those other players sign elsewhere, the Giants eventually could work their way back to their defensive captain the last two seasons.

The Giants also are working to re-sign Stevie Brown before he officially becomes a free agent Tuesday. If they cannot, they might be in the position of needing two starting safeties in free agency -- and with the consensus best one in McCourty already off the board and back with the Patriots.

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