The Giants have made their first free agent move of the offseason and they used it to re-sign one of their own player.
SportsLine.com has learned the Giants have agreed on a multiyear deal with free-agent wide receiver Ike Hilliard, who spurned interest from the Redskins, Dolphins among other teams.
Hilliard, a former first-round pick of the Giants, will return next season to be the Giants' No. 2 wideout behind WR Amani Toomer.
Last year, it appeared Hilliard would leave via free agency after the season and the Giants believed they had another reliable option in Ron Dixon. However, Dixon has had too many lapses in responsibility and the team has actually had to suspend him for missing meetings last year.
Hilliard was knocked out for the season last year on a controversial hit by Eagles safety Brian Dawkins. At that time, it appeared his Giants career was over. Now, he will start a new beginning that could have him a Giant for the remainder of this career.
Hilliard's best season was 1999 when he grabbed 72 passes for 996 yards and three touchdowns. He became more of a go-to guy for scoring over the next two seasons by hauling in an impressive 14 scores over the 2000 and 2001 campaigns.
Hilliard had some courters, most notably the Dolphins, who offered a $500,000 signing bonus and incentives.
The deal with Hilliard is the second for the Giants this offseason as they locked up tackle Luke Petitgout just before free agency began.
Stupid move. They don't need him...they have toomer...dixon and carter.