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David Diehl | Tackle | #66

Team: New York Giants
Age / DOB:  (37) / 9/15/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 304
College: Illinois
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 5 (160) / NYG

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Longtime Giants T/G David Diehl announced his retirement from football.
Diehl is only 33 years old, but this move was expected after his on-field play declined precipitously the past few seasons. A 2003 fifth-round pick out of Illinois, Diehl spent his entire 11-year career as a Giant, amassing 161 starts with one Pro Bowl appearance (2009). Diehl hangs 'em up with two Super Bowl rings and an impressive track record of versatility. He made over 25 NFL starts at every offensive line position except center. Fri, Jan 24, 2014 03:21:00 PM

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The Newark Star-Ledger expects Giants G/T David Diehl to announce his retirement "in the coming weeks."

Diehl is set to become a free agent and isn't expected to be re-signed by the Giants. The 33-year-old doesn't want to play for any other team. He started 11 games this past season and has spent his entire 11-year career with the Giants, winning two Super Bowls and going to one Pro Bowl. Diehl's body has betrayed him in recent seasons. Justin Pugh is the right tackle for the G-Men.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 01:51:00 PM

Impending free agent G/T David Diehl hinted at retirement following Sunday's season-ending win over the Redskins.

Diehl, a 33-year-old that has started 161 games for the Giants over the last 11 seasons, is not expected to be re-signed. He said he can't see himself wearing another uniform. "If this is it for me, I can walk away with my head held high and not look back without any regrets," he said. "I've accomplished more than anybody can dream of." Diehl, who needs thumb surgery, said he'll make a decision in the next two weeks.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 10:08:00 AM

The Giants will start David Diehl at right guard in Week 5 against the Eagles.

Diehl was active for Week 4, but only as a swing reserve. The Giants' front five will look like this versus Philadelphia: LT William Beatty, LG Kevin Boothe, C Jim Cordle, RG Diehl, and RT Justin Pugh. The Giants also anticipate "a larger role" for FB John Conner as they look to kickstart their running game.
Source: Newsday
Sat, Oct 5, 2013 11:14:00 PM

Giants G/T David Diehl (thumb) is active for Sunday's Week 4 game at Kansas City.

Diehl is active despite being hit with a "doubtful" tag on Friday. He'll be the sixth offensive lineman on a unit battered by injury. They're expected to start LT Will Beatty, LG Kevin Boothe, C Jim Cordle, RG James Brewer and RT Justin Pugh. The Giants inactives: CB Corey Webster, S Cooper Taylor, QB Ryan Nassib, C David Baas, G Chris Snee, TE Adrian Robinson and DT Jonathan Hankins.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 11:29:00 AM

The New York Post reports Giants OL David Diehl (doubtful, thumb) could be active for Sunday's Week 4 game against the Chiefs.

Diehl traveled with the team to Kansas City and has received medical clearance on his surgically-repaired right thumb. He won't start if he manages to avoid being inactive, but could be available as an extra offensive lineman.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 01:15:00 PM

Giants T/G David Diehl (thumb surgery) will be out six weeks.

Diehl practiced Tuesday with a cast on his right hand. After an MRI, it was determined that he would undergo surgery on Wednesday afternoon. Although the Giants have now lost Diehl and C David Baas (knee) for the early part of the season, their line still projects to be solid. Rookie Justin Pugh, veteran Kevin Boothe, and second-year man James Brewer are all capable fill-ins.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 12:41:00 PM

Giants RT David Diehl insists he's not concerned about his contract situation.

Diehl, 32, is due just $1 million after he was forced to take a massive pay cut, and will be a free agent in 2014. He's the current favorite to start at right tackle, but could eventually be replaced by rookie Justin Pugh. "I'm focused on right now," Diehl said. "I don't need to know what's happening after this season."
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 07:55:00 PM

Giants OL coach Pat Flaherty says the team's right tackle job is incumbent David Diehl's to lose.

They're not handing the gig to rookie Justin Pugh. "My right tackle is David Diehl," said Flaherty said. "We have a lot of confidence in David Diehl." The loser of the battle could wind up kicking to left guard, where Kevin Boothe has been a replacement-level starter. Guard might be short-armed Pugh's best spot.
Mon, Jul 29, 2013 05:56:00 PM

ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano considers David Diehl the "front-runner" to open the season as the Giants' starting right tackle.

First-round rookie Justin Pugh will challenge Diehl in training camp and preseason, but the Giants like to ease their youngsters into the lineup. Pugh can also play guard, so he could throw his name in the hat for the starting left guard spot ahead of veteran Kevin Boothe. As it stands now, the Giants' line looks like this: LT Will Beatty, LG Boothe, C David Baas, RG Chris Snee, RT Diehl.
Sat, Jun 29, 2013 05:27:00 PM

Giants OT David Diehl has agreed to a pay-cut, slashing his $4.475 million salary to $1 million.

It's a 77.7 percent reduction. The savings are likely why the Giants were able to re-sign LG Kevin Boothe. Going on 33 and coming off another shaky campaign, Diehl won't be a guaranteed a starting job, but is the favorite to man right tackle come Week 1.
Tue, Mar 26, 2013 06:15:00 PM

Giants OL David Diehl says the team has yet to approach him about a pay cut or restructuring.

Local beat writers reported last week that the Giants had approached Diehl about lowering his $4.475 million salary, but that might not be the case. If Diehl is going to be on New York's Week 1 roster, then it's going to be at a significantly lower rate than it is now.
Thu, Mar 21, 2013 08:14:00 PM

The Giants have approached OT David Diehl regarding a pay cut or restructure.

If he agrees, Diehl's roster spot would likely be safe. He is due a $4.475 million base salary. Diehl is currently the favorite to start at right tackle, but he also could play left guard if free agent Kevin Boothe isn't re-signed. Diehl has been thoroughly destroyed in pass protection in recent years.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 01:57:00 PM

Giants OT David Diehl recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

It's a minor operation, but another blow for a player already on the chopping block. Diehl surprisingly survived the Giants' first wave of cuts, but declining play, off-field issues and health concerns should punch his ticket out of New York sooner rather than later. Diehl is no longer worth his $4.475 million salary.
Tue, Feb 26, 2013 01:09:00 PM

Giants OT David Diehl pleaded guilty to DUI in a Queens (NY) court on Monday, but will face no jail time.

He'll likely face a short suspension after the guilty plea, although it may not matter if Diehl struggles to find a new home. Going on age 33, Diehl is no longer an effective blocker and highly unlikely to be retained by the Giants due to a $4.475 million salary. We're a bit surprised he hasn't already been cut.
Mon, Feb 11, 2013 01:08:00 PM

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