Amani Toomer, whose last-minute touchdown catch knocked the Denver Broncos from the undefeated ranks last season, has signed a new four-year, $11.2 million contract with the New York Giants.
The fourth-year wide receiver received a $3.5 million signing bonus under terms of the deal signed late Friday. He will earn $350,000 in salary this season, $1.2 million in 2000, with the remaining $6.1 million divided over the last two seasons.
An unrestricted free agent who finally showed signs of promise last year, Toomer had signed a tender offer for $429,000 in the spring.
"Those of us who saw him liked him a lot," general manager Ernie Accorsi said Saturday. "He's big, he's got excellent hands, can run, and he made a lot of big plays for us."
None was better than the 37-yard, leaping reception of a Kent Graham pass in the back of the end zone with 48 seconds to play. It gave New York a 20-16 win over the two-time defending Super Bowl champion Broncos, highlighting a stretch in which the Giants won five of their last six games.
"That was all I pretty much heard from all my friends, my family, everybody I knew back when I was little, who called me up," Toomer said.
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