If the New York Giants want to re-sign starting left guard Kevin Boothe, they might want to do it a little quicker. Jason LaConfora of CBS Sports reports the Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets are all interested in Boothe's services for 2013.
"Hearing that Kevin Boothe, one of top OL still on market, taking to NYG, his most recent team, as well as CAR, NYJ and AZ," La Canfora tweeted.
Boothe became a starter for the Giants during the 2011 season after Will Beatty suffered a season-ending eye injury that shifted David Diehl back to left tackle and gave Boothe the chance to be the starter.
Boothe has been a Giant since the 2007 season and has spent most of his career as a backup, but has performed well as a starter on the offensive line.
The Giants are still in the mix for Boothe as well, according to La Canfora, as they do view him as one of their current priorities right now. But with their cap space so limited right now, don't be surprised if another team swoops in with an offer that beats out the Giants and lures him away from New York.
If that does happen, the Giants could either transition right tackle James Brewer to the left guard spot, or they could address the need next month in April's NFL Draft.
One other option that has been mentioned is former Jets guard Matt Slauson, who is a free agent as well.
As the free agency period continues into the second week, it'll be very interesting to see where the Giants pursuit of Boothe goes and if they are able to convince the 29-year-old to stay with Big Blue.
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