Stevie Brown stays with Giants

March, 19, 2013
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Giants safety Stevie Brown signed his restricted free-agent tender to return for 2013.

Brown tweeted a picture of his contract. A source confirmed he signed the second-round RFA tender worth $2.023 million for this coming season.

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Al Bello/Getty ImagesStevie Brown hauled in eight interceptions in 2012.
Brown, 25, emerged as a starter for the Giants last season with a breakout year that included a career-high 76 tackles, eight interceptions for 307 yards and two forced fumbles.

He emerged as a starter after Kenny Phillips injured his MCL. Brown started 11 games and the Giants opted to tender Brown and bring him back as the starter opposite Antrel Rolle.

The Giants let Phillips, a first-round pick in 2008, walk in free agency. He signed with Philadelphia for a one-year deal worth a reported $2 million.

So the Giants will go into 2013 with Rolle and Brown as the starting safeties. Will Hill, Ryan Mundy and Tyler Sash are competing for the third safety role, which Hill filled last season while flashing some of his athleticism and talent.

Tell us how you think Brown will do in 2013 and if he will build on his breakout season.
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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