Eli Manning is going to have at least one other old guy to keep him company in the New York Giants’ locker room next season. Long snapper Zak DeOssie, the only other remaining Giants from both the 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl teams, is reportedly being brought back on a two-year contract.
The news was first reported by Aaron Wilson and the Giants have now made the move official.
DeOssie, 32, is a 10-year veteran. He remains a solid snapper and even after this many seasons is still one of the first players down the field in punt coverage. He has only missed four games in his career, all of those coming at the end of the 2015 season when he underwent wrist surgery.
“In theory, you could be a free agent, but there’s nowhere else I’d rather play,” DeOssie said in a statement released by the Giants.
“It means the world to me to have played here this long,” DeOssie said. “When you’re young you can hope and dream. Now I’ll take whatever I can get and enjoy the ride while it lasts. My dad played for 12 years for four different teams. So hopefully, I can get to 12 someday, and hopefully beat him.”
DeOssie was drafted in the fourth round in 2007 as a linebacker, but never played defense for the Giants. He played last season on a $1.1 million contract. Terms of his new deal are unknown.