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Mara excited about Mark Herzlich signing

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich runs a drill

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich runs a drill during the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. (Feb. 28, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Giants co-owner John Mara drove into the parking lot at the team’s Timex Performance Center and, for the first time in months, the lot was filled with cars. Players circulated in and out as business resumed following Monday’s ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement.

“Football is back,” Mara said. “We’re excited about the season, and we are going to do what we can to improve our team.”

Following months of negotiations, Mara believes both sides were satisfied with the end result.

“It was a big relief,” Mara said. “It has been a long, exhausting process. I think, at the end of the day, we got a very good long-term deal for both parties.”

With the CBA done, player movement can resume. Among the new Giants is former Boston College prospect Mark Herzlich, an undrafted free agent linebacker who confirmed the deal on Twitter. Herzlich sat out the 2009 season battling Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, before returning to play the 2010 season.

“He is a great kid, and he’s certainly had his share of obstacles to overcome, and we’re excited to give him the opportunity,” Mara, a B.C. alumnus, said.

As for the Boston College connection, that made the decision to sign Herzlich a no-brainer.

“We think he is a prospect, but let’s just say I was in favor of the decision to sign him,” Mara said. “I suggested it.”

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