Fullback Jim Finn, an unrestricted free agent, has reached an agreement in principle on a five-year contract to return to the Giants, for whom he has played the past two seasons. Financial details of the contract, which likely won't be signed for a few days, were not immediately available.
A former University of Pennsylvania standout and the last player chosen in the 1999 draft, Finn has nine carries and 48 total "touches" from scrimmage in his career. As a lead blocker, Finn helped pave for way for Giants tailback Tiki Barber to rush for a franchise-record 1,518 yards in 2004.
At least two other teams, Houston and Tampa Bay, were interested in Finn's services.
Finn, 28, signed with the Giants as a free agent in 2003, after he was released by the Indianapolis Colts. In 2004, he appeared in all 16 games, with nine starts, and carried three times for 17 yards. He also caught a career-high 15 passes for 112 yards.
Finn has nine rushes for 16 yards and 39 receptions for 271 yards and one touchdown in his career. Finn has played in 74 games and started in 22.
In 1998, Jim Finn set the single-season rushing record at Penn with 1,450 yards on 323 attempts. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry and ran for a Red and Blue record 17 touchdowns.