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Webster Signs Extension


“The Giants announced today that they have signed cornerback Corey Webster to a contract extension through the 2013 season.

Webster was scheduled to become a free agent at the end of the season.

“Corey has been a outstanding person and player in his short career for the Giants,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “We are very happy to get this deal done.”

A fourth-year pro from LSU, Webster has emerged as an outstanding shutdown corner this season. Entering tonight’s game here against the Dallas Cowboys, Webster had started every game at right cornerback and was tied with fellow cornerback Aaron Ross for the team lead with three interceptions (two against the Cowboys on Nov. 2). He also led the Giants with 21 pass breakups, 13 more than runner-up Ross. Webster had 43 tackles (31 solo), two tackles for losses, one sack and two forced fumbles.

“He really came into his own the latter part of last year,” Reese said “and that has carried over into the 2008 season, where he has shown that he is one of the top corners in the league.”

Webster joined the Giants as a second-round draft choice in 2005, the 43rd overall selection (the team did not have a first-round choice that year). He showed promise, but struggled at times in his first three seasons. But when Sam Madison suffered a sports hernia, Webster joined the starting lineup at the beginning of the playoffs last year.

Webster was outstanding throughout the Giants’ four-game championship run. He held Tampa Bay’s Joey Galloway to one catch in the NFC Wild Card Game. A week later, he had five tackles, broke up a pass and helped limit Dallas to 182 passing yards in the divisional playoff.

Webster made one of the most memorable plays in Giants history when he intercepted Brett Favre in overtime of the NFC Championship Game, setting up Lawrence Tynes’ game-winning field goal. In Super Bowl XLII, Webster knocked down Tom Brady’s first desperation pass to Randy Moss in the final seconds. He helped limit Moss to five mostly-harmless catches.”

Great signing, because the chances of keeping him after this big season were minimal. He and Ross should be the starting corners for at least the next five years. 


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