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Giants Give Strahan 4 Years

Two-time Pro Bowler Michael Strahan signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the New York Giants Monday, making him the NFL's second-highest-paid defensive player.

Only Dallas cornerback Deion Sanders will make more than Strahan, averaging $10.3 million annually, provided he plays more than 70 percent of the Cowboys' defensive plays.

"If he (Sanders) is not healthy, Michael will be (the highest paid) for a little while," Tony Agnone, Strahan's agent, said at the University at Albany after the contract was signed.

Under the terms of the largest contract in Giants' history, Strahan will receive a $12 million signing bonus. The 27-year-old who has recorded 29 sacks over the past two seasons will earn $400,000 in salary this year. He will get $4.6 million in 2000 and then $7 million and $8 million, respectively, in the last two years of the deal.

"I am extremely happy. They made a commitment to me and I think we made a commitment to each other," Strahan said. "I am happy to be in New York. I love New York and never wanted to go anywhere in the first place. So I'm glad they were able to get an agreement."

Michael Strahan's deal is the biggest in Giants history.>
Michael Strahan's deal is the biggest in Giants history.(AP)

The $8 million average salary makes Strahan the highest paid defensive linemen, moving ahead of Minnesota's John Randle, who averages $6.5 million under a deal he signed last year.

Now entering his seventh season, Strahan has become one of the dominant defensive ends against both the run and pass.

The second-round draft pick in 1993 was entering the final year of a contract he signed three years ago. He had told the Giants in the offseason he wanted a new deal done before the end of training camp.

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