David Diehl has expectedly announced his retirement after 11 seasons wearing Big Blue. A 5th round pick out of Illinois back in 2003, Diehl was truly a fixture from day one, starting 16 games as a rookie. He wore the hat of Mr. Versatility without a decline in performance (until his final days), starting 65 games at left tackle, 42 at left guard and 27 at his final stop – right guard. A bruised, battered and stiff 33-year old, Diehl was manhandled for much of 2013 in all facets. He allowed 33 hurries on Eli Manning, and Pro Football Focus graded him at 65th of 81 eligible guards in run blocking. An unfortunate end to a sturdy and consistent career, with two Super Bowl rings for validation.
The time is now for the Giants to add youth and athleticism along the offensive line. Justin Pugh can be a cornerstone right tackle… but the remainder of the unit is a big fat question mark.
Follow this link from Giants.com for reaction from his teammates and coaches