Second-round draft choice Sinorice Moss, the former University of Miami mighty mite sprinter who is expected to add a big-play dimension to the No. 3 wide receiver spot for the
New York Giants, on Tuesday evening reached agreement on a four-year contract.
Moss is the younger brother of standout Washington Redskins wide receiver Santana Moss. He is just the second of the Giants' seven selections in the 2006 to reach a contract accord. New York is believed to be close to agreements, however, with several of its other rookies.
The four-year contract is worth $3.51 million and includes $1.91 million in guarantees. The Giants also included $100,000 in incentives, which isn't often done on a second-round contract.
The 44th player chosen overall, Moss, in the estimation of some scouts, could be among the first-year players who make an immediate impact in the league. Despite his size (5-feet-8, 185 pounds), Moss has big-play potential both as a receiver and return specialist, and his explosive quickness makes him a threat to score from anywhere on the field.
Moss, 22, had a very impressive spring, as players and coaches lauded his playmaker skills.
The former Hurricanes star is expected to take the No. 3 wideout spot, after starters Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer, that the Giants have been attempting to fill the last few seasons. He adds to an impressive New York offensive arsenal that also includes tight end Jeremy Shockey, quarterback Eli Manning and tailback Tiki Barber.
New York officials had been hoping that former second-round wide receiver Tim Carter, another player with great speed, would eventually take the No. 3 job. But Carter has been a star-crossed player, a wide receiver with enormous physical skills, but who has been beset by injuries.
If Carter is finally healthy, he might compete with Moss for playing time, but the Giants' coaches definitely want to get the ball into the hands of the rookie, who was timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the combine. Moss posted a 42-inch vertical jump at his "pro day" workout.
Moss had 68 catches for 1,106 yards and nine touchdowns in college. He also returned six kickoffs for 112 yards and one punt for 19 yards.
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